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by Maggie Osborne

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1900, American West

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Marriage isn't part of "new modern woman" Annie Mallory's plans, but that changes when she discovers she's pregnant.

Local Sheriff Jesse Harden has long-admired outspoken Annie. When it's rumored that she's pregnant—not to mention seen around town talking to Jesse—he seizes his chance to propose.

Annie is prepared to take on the stigma of being an unwed mother, but she cannot resist Jesse's proposal and hopes they can build a life of love. But the biological father of her child isn't about to give up. His obsessive need to possess Annie nearly destroys the fragile life she and Jesse begin to forge.

Osborne takes extraordinary circumstances and crafts a tender, powerful and thought-provoking romance. Her exploration of unwed motherhood and women's independence keep readers' minds, as well as hearts, completely involved. This is a heart-tugging, insightful romance. SENSUAL (Nov., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Ivy

Published: November 2003

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Shotgun Wedding

Submitted by Robin in PA on August 20, 2014 - 9:03pm.

Pregnant and unwed, Annie Malloy is willing to face social ruin father than marry her lover, Bodie Miller, an outlaw who robs banks and trains. As the scandal breaks, Annie finds the town's harsh treatment of her and her family overwhelming. When Sheriff Jesse Harden proposes a marriage of convenience, Annie sees it as a way to save her family from the embarrassment she caused and jumps at the chance. Annie doesn't expect to start having feelings for her new husband. But secrets may drive the two apart before their marriage evens gets started.

This is a solid historical romance by Maggie Osborne. I enjoyed the story even though I thought it spent a little too long on Annie's ordeal when I would rather read about her relationship with Jesse. It's not Maggie Osborne's best, but it's still a good book. My rating: 4 Stars.