- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon - AU (1 October 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263187594
- ISBN-13: 978-0263187595
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 18.6 x 1.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 789 g
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The Italian's Convenient Wife Hardcover – 1 Oct 2005
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With the blithe ignorance of a non-swimmer leaping into a shark-infested pool, she resigned from her job as a high school English teacher and fired off her first submission to Mills & Boon's editorial staff. Although her first two submissions were rejected, the third effort made the grade.
Since then, she's sold over 25 books; 24 of them to Mills & Boon, most of them selected for Mills & Boon Modern. The Loving Touch, her third novel, was a short contemporary finalist for the Romance Writers' of America's prestigious RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than 17 languages and distributed in nearly 30 foreign markets.
In between deadlines, she has taught courses on writing series romance at both college and continuing education level, as well as presenting workshops at the RWA's national conference in St. Louis and New York, to various affiliated chapters throughout the Pacific Northwest, and at the Surrey Writers' Conference in British Columbia. With friend and fellow writer Judith Bowen, she is a co-sponsor of the biennial Singletree Workshop, an acclaimed weekend retreat for romance writers drawing participants from all over North America.
Catherine is married and lives with her husband in White Rock, a small seaside community south of Vancouver, British Columbia. She has four grown children, five grandchildren, two dogs and a cat, all of which are perfect! She has yet to find the perfect house, though, and despite repeated promises never to do so again, continues to persuade her husband to undertake renovations which always turn out to be more extensive and costly than she envisaged.
In her limited spare time, she enjoys swimming, walking, reading, playing the piano, collecting antiques, and growing tropical plants. She once drove from B.C. to North Dakota and spent a week cruising small-town auctions there and in South Dakota and Minnesota, looking for small antique items to bring home. She ended up renting the biggest U-Haul trailer her car could tow, and had it stuffed to the roof with furniture. Ever since, her husband refuses to let her leave town unless he's along for the ride!
Catherine loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her website at: www.catherinespencer.com; or via regular mail at P.O. Box 45068, Ocean Park R.P.O., Surrey, BC, V4A 9L1, Canada, or P.O. Box 1713, Blaine, WA 98231, U.S.A.
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Harlequin Presents # 2552 - July 2006
All of the pain from nine years before, is thrust once more at Caroline as she travels to Rome to claim her orphaned niece and nephew. She's braced for a fight with their Italian uncle, Paolo, a man she had given her innocence to, only to be dismissed. But Paolo today is not the callous playboy she'd known, now he is a man with a deep sense of family responsibility. Yet from their first reunion, Paolo is aware there is more grief in Caroline than that of her sister and brother-in-law's tragic death, and he finds himself wanting to protect her. Caroline's concern is for the twins, and yet, she realizes that she has never really stopped loving Paolo. The passion they once shared still burns between them. Paolo proposes they marry for the sake of the children and the promise that he will be faithful. Caroline agrees, yet continues to carry the burden of secrets from nine years before; secrets that threaten to shatter Paolo's whole family.
Very nicely written. This was rather unique because Paulo's misdeed had happened in a time before the story begins and his character has already been redeemed before their reunion. This was critical to the story, for Paolo as he had been, would not have been appealing. Caroline's character becomes the focus as she must face decisions she made when she was 19. She's tragic in many ways, haunted. Finding that Paolo has tender feelings for her, as well as a passionate desire, Caroline's scars begin to fade except for that secret she carries. A very enjoyable read!
Callie and Paolo meet again after a family tragedy has orphaned their niece and nephew. Paolo quickly realises that Callie is no longer the naive young girl he met nine years before, but he is also no longer the careless playboy who broke her heart.
The story has dimensions not always seen in short romances. There is no pointless bickering masquerading as conflict. Paolo and Callie are two mature adults who work through their grief for their dead brother and sister, and try to establish a stable home for the two children, as well as caring for Paolo's aging parents.
The ending is logical, satisfying, and heartwarming. A great summer read.