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A Suitable Wife

(Sweetwater Springs #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  21 reviews
This book is the first in the Sweetwater Springs series of stand-alone books by this author.

Sam Moreland is desperate to keep his daughter out of the clutches of her abusive mother seeking custody. He resists legal advice to provide the court with a complete family unit because past relationships have soured him on love.
Though she yearns for children, Rosie Baxter knows a
ebook, 228 pages
Published January 22nd 2014 by B & R Bookery (first published January 21st 2014)
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Carol Burnside
When two friends marry to protect the future of a little girl, they both get more than they ever expected.

Yes, this is a book I wrote and yes, I'm giving it 5 stars. Why wouldn't I after living in these characters heads and growing to love them and their rocky road to happiness?
Tiffany Do
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author who gifted me an e-copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

Sam Moreland wants the best life possible for his little daughter, Lorelai. To achieve this, he moves back to where his grandparents used to live and in doing so reconnects with some old friends, including Rosie Baxter and her family. Rosie Baxter, who owns a florist shop, is excited that Sam is returning to his home not just because they're old friends, but because things happened in the past that were
Shirley Buchanan
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was going to be a marriage of convenience: a temporary marriage of convenience.

Sam needed to provide the perfect family picture to a judge in case his ex-wife, Jasmine, decided she didn't like the arrangements she had agreed to in the divorce. Rosie needed a cash influx for her business so she wouldn't have to face her ex-fiance, Dean, to obtain a new loan. Each had a need. Each had a solution. Easy, right? Not when you throw in dormant feelings, exes who want to cause trouble and secrets too
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
So what brought me to this book that I normally would of past by without a second glance. good reads first read win, I had it on my to read pile since I got it thinking I would get around to it at some time. But then one night I picked up the book and really read the back what got me was the warning that the author put on the book.

Warning: This book contains a heated tryst in the kitchen, a cricket choir, conniving exes and big family gatherings.. Do not read if you are allergic to tall , dark ,
Tami Brothers
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sam More­land offered to lend his friend money to save her busi­ness in exchange for a fake mar­riage that would keep his daugh­ter out of the clutches of an unfit mother. He never dreamed it would turn into more.

When Rosie Bax­ter agreed to accept a loan from an old friend she’s had a crush on for­ever in exchange for a tem­po­rary mar­riage pact, she never dreamed she’d find her hap­pily ever after.


I thought I would take a quick look at the first chap­ter of this book on a week­day in prepa
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

This was such a cute story. Sam was so loveable and I want to fold him into my pocket to take him everywhere with me. Rosie (what a sweet name) was such a sweetheart. Sam and Rosie's names together sound like two little toddlers playing in the sand together. Lorelei was a great addition to the story, too. I felt like although there were a few heavy subjects in the story, they didn't dominate the text and make everything doom and gloom. It
Indie Editor Nancy
An Emotional Love Story, January 14, 2015

This review is from: A Suitable Wife: A Sweetwater Springs Novel (Kindle Edition)

I loved this book. Sam and Rosie grew up in their small town best friends with her brothers. Sam is a writer who had his marriage explode and needed the security of a safe home and a suitable wife to keep full custody of his 2 yr old Lorilee.

Both Rosie and Sam have bad relationship experiences, and the story revolves around learning about these experiences and finding the w
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as and ARC for an honest review from the author.

Rosie and Sam are childhood friends who turn to each other out of convenience. Sam wants to protect his child while Rosie wants to secure her business while avoiding her controlling ex.

Together they heal each other's hearts while securing the futures they so desperately want.

This is book grabs your heart and doesn't let go. There are questions I hope will be answered in the future books but I overcalled liked it. It's an emotiona
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I didn't cry reading this one… I BAWLED MY EYES OUT!!

There was a few times I had to put it down because I couldn't see the pages through my tears….
A powerful story of love that is not only the love of a man and woman, but a father's unconditional love for his little girl & his determination to keep her safe…


Carol Burnside is definitely going into my must read list, and has superglued herself in to my
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a sweet heartwarming book about two childhood friends Sam and Rosie who agree to get married to help Sam protect his daughter from his ex and to help Rosie's floral shop financially. It was suppose to be temporary but the two of them discover so much more along the way! A Suitable Wife was a Goodreads First Read that I won off of Goodreads for my honest opinion. ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I read this book out of order. My heart broke into a million pieces when I learned why the little girl had night terrors and was so afraid of her mother. This is a story that may have you breaking down in tears.
Kelley Schmidt
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touching, well-paced story with a few surprises that grabs the readers attention. There were times when I didn't want to put it down. The characters are very likable.

**Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.**
InD'tale Magazine

Readers will coo over this re-telling of a familiar plot that never gets old.

Read full review in the 2014 September issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Kay Kay
I liked this one. It was a simple sweet story with good characters.
Mar 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
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Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as sweet, quick reads go this one was good. Well written, not totally predictable, I definitely needed this after my recent bad-book-rut!
Ushasri Nannapaneni
My Favorite quote: “The innocent are often casualties. As much as we wish it weren’t true, sometimes we can’t protect them.”

An established author, Sam Moreland is fighting a nasty custody battle with his ex-model-wife. He wants to keep his two year old daughter as far from her, as humanly possible. His lawyer advises him to marry someone to project the image of a happy and stable family to the judge to win the case. Sam moves back to his hometown in the hope of keeping his daughter safe. He meet
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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Synopsis: "This book is the first in the Sweetwater Springs series of stand-alone books by this author.

Sam Moreland is desperate to keep his daughter out of the clutches of her abusive mother seeking custody. He resists legal advice to provide the court with a complete family unit because past relationships have soured him on love.
Though she yearns for children, Rosie Baxter knows a failed pregnancy has likely left her barren. She remains single rather than bring her problems into a marriage an
Pam Asberry
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I like to read while I am using the elliptical machine at the gym. To be honest, there are many days that is the only reading I get done. That's how I got started with this book, but I didn't want to stop. Matter of fact, I did an extra ten minutes on the machine that day, and as soon as my work day was finished, I pulled my Kindle out of my gym bag and didn't stop until I reached the end. It's that good! Don't say you haven't been warned!

Sam and Rosie have been friends since childhood, and when
My second Carol Burnside book and I loved it even more than the other (Nobody's Baby). Wonderful story, lovely characters, interesting plot and a sweet love story. A perfect book for when I'm down. I loved the setting- the little town with sweet friends and family and spying, gossip-y old ladies. Sam and Rosie are nice characters and I adored Lorelei. A very quick well-paced well-written book. There's a well rounded story though not very deep. I'm glad I read this book- no regrets. And now I'm h ...more
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“Sizzling romance with heart and humor.”

Carol is an award-winning author of Sweetwater Springs, a series of contemporary, small town romances with serious sizzle and a generous dose of southern charm. She enjoys a second-chance-at-love story with her husband of over thirty years. A native Texan, Carol's love of travel coupled with a history of living in her share of small towns and metropolitan ar

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