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The Secondhand Wife, by Cheryl St. John

While not necessarily an automatic buy for me, Ms St John’s novels are consistently good reads. Her writing is unadorned, simple and direct, reading as a story told by a family member or a friend, easy to get lost in.

The Secondhand Wife, a Harlequin Historical romance published back in 2005, is a perfect example of what I mean. This is a sweet story about a lonely man and a woman who finds herself in desperate need of help.

Noah Cutter was a man of his word…

Scarred in body and soul, rancher Noah didn’t consider himself fit company for anyone. But when his brother’s philandering finally caught up with him, honor dictated that Noah claim his brother’s widow as his own…

Standing on her doorstep, with his collar turned up and a rifle by his side, Noah was about the most intimidating man Katherine had ever seen. And though one man’s false promises had already dashed her dreams, she instinctively trusted this stranger. Even more, Kate suspected she’d only be a fool this time if she didn’t take a chance on Noah for the sake of herself… and her unborn child!