Date: Dec 2003
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to Treat A Lady
By Karen Hawkins
St. John is running from his past. He is being fleeced by a supposed
friend for an accident while he was drunk. He is fleeing rather
than tarnish his family's name. He is attacked by highwaymen, and
found by Harriet Ward.
Wards owe a final payment on their family farm and the bank manager
is trying to take the farm and marry Harriet. To forestall the bank's
foreclosure, Harriet's mother invents a fake fiancé, a sea
captain returning with a chest of gold. When the "captain"
fails to appear, the bank threatens foreclosure.
to protect his family's name, feigns amnesia. Harriet and her family
persuade him to pose as the "captain" until they are able
to shear their sheep, market the wool, and make the final payment.
Chase becomes involved in their struggle to shear their sheep, finding
a new meaning and purpose to his selfish and spoiled life. He finds
himself falling in love with the independent Harriet, and must resolve
his past with his family and his blackmailer before he can find
happiness with Harriet.
is a charming story of a beleaguered family rescued from ruin by
an unexpected visitor. The warmth and closeness of the Ward family
instills in Chase St. John a new meaning and hope for the future.
The romance between Chase and Harriet builds slowly and is a delight
to watch. The Ward family, Harriet's siblings and her mother, are
a pleasant group with their humor and steadiness in the face of
possible disaster. The bank manager is a man you can only love to
hate. The episodes of the sheep shearing are hilarious.