Stolen Wishes (Zebra Splendor Historical Romances)

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9780821763544: Stolen Wishes (Zebra Splendor Historical Romances)

Sometimes the simple goodness of a dream reminds us how to fall in love.

1896 Oklahoma Indian Territory

Mary Goode has spent nearly a decade hiding her sweetly off-kilter brother, Robin, and two fellow misfits after she rescued them from a brutal institution. But unknown to Mary, the trio's fascination with Robin Hood and their hero's crusade to "steal from the rich and give to the poor" may have led to a few actual robberies.

U.S. Marshal Shane Latimer is on the trail of the inept Robin Hood and his shabby band of not-so-tough Merry Men when his rattlesnake-spooked-horse lands him in the care of Robin's fiercely protective sister, Mary, aka Maid Marian.

He's instantly charmed by Mary's devotion to her whimsical brood but worries that she may be hiding the truth. Still, for a cynical loner like Shane, the appeal of their family affection, love, and loyalty, combined with Mary's growing hold on his heart, is hard to resist.

Mary is equally torn. This wounded stranger could be the man of her dreams, and for the first time in her life she has someone to share the challenges of keeping her brigands out of trouble.

But will her quest for happiness forever shatter the idyllic life she's forged for her special family?

And how will Shane reconcile his duties as a lawman with his love for Maid Marian and her outlaws?

Since publication of her first novel in 1995, Deb Stover has received dozens of awards for her cross-genre fiction, including ten Rt Book Reviews nominations and a Career Achievement Award. Visit her at Debstover.com.

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From the Author:

This book has always been a work of love for me. They all are, but some more than others. Maid Marian and The Lawman comes from my personal experience of raising a loving family with my late husband that includes both our birth and adopted children of varied races and abilities. We have loved all our children equally and unconditionally.

The secondary characters of Robin and Sunshine in this story will touch your heart--at least I hope they will. I have a Sunshine singing right down the hall from me as I type. In fact, this book is dedicated to her. I think you'll know why when you read it.

Happy reading!

From the Back Cover:

Mary Goode was a mere thirteen when she rescued her brother, Robin, and two of his friends from a cruel asylum and escaped with them to the Oklahoma woods. It is there that the four make their simple home, and where Robin creates a make-believe world he calls Sherwood Forest.

To the delicate young woman dubbed Maid Marian, Robin's storybook fantasies seem a harmless game. But as eight years pass, Mary longs for more. And now, a stranger enters their secluded haven--a man with the power to shatter their safety or answer Mary's most passionate prayers.

A Wounded Lawman On A Dangerous Mission

U.S. Marshal Shane Latimer is hard on the heels of robbers when a spooked horse and a snake bite lands him on his back, and in the middle of an eccentric band of forest dwellers. Though these gentle folk save his life and nurse him back to health, Shane has powerful orders to bring the thieves to justice. Could Marian, the lovely creature who fills his dreams with longing, really be an outlaw hiding out with her accomplices? Now, it's up to Shane to get to the bottom of it all. But will knowing the truth mean choosing between duty and love?

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