Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ione's Dilemma by Linda Carroll-Bradd

As a young girl, Linda was often found
lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting
adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she
read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a
confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now
writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor
and a bit of sass from her home in the southern California mountains.

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When Ione Forrester calls off her
wedding, she becomes the social pariah of Des Moines. Much to her society
parents’ chagrin. To escape the gossip, Ione accepts a teaching job in Dorado,
Texas, vowing to avoid scandal at all costs. Relocating from a doctor’s
household with cook and maids to a room in a boarding house is quite an
adjustment. Then she has to face her biggest challenge—a schoolhouse full of

Carpenter Morgan Shipley’s business is
doing well and now he’s looking for companionship. An ad for a mail-order bride
brings a deluge of letters, which prove more than he can handle. To his
surprise, an intriguing woman from a big city arrives in his small Texas town.
Correspondence is nothing like interacting with a flesh-and-blood woman every
day. But gossip-leery Ione wants nothing to do with Morgan’s attempts at
courting, which makes him try even harder.

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Snippet #2 

Ione stood
on a desk and stretched the straw end of the broom toward the ceiling. Because
of her short stature, the gap between the broom and her intended quarry—a
couple of Mexican free-tailed bats—stretched to at least a foot. She gave a
little hop and a big swing of the broom then windmilled her free arm to regain
her balance. “Oh no.”
ran forward down the middle aisle with his arms outstretched, hoping she’d fall
in his direction. He didn’t think he was agile enough to leapfrog the desk in
time. “I’ll catch you.”

broom clattered to the floor a moment before Ione dropped into his arms in a
flurry of rustling skirts, fluffy petticoats, and curvy woman. Grunting, he
braced his legs apart to take the impact then drew her close. Never had he held
a woman in his arms in quite this fashion. The moment he got a whiff of her
lemony scent, he considered this circumstance as the best way to find a woman
to court. 

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