Set on the Williamson Farm in 1897 Wisconsin, we are introduced to Olivia and Spencer on their wedding night. Spencer's life has been beset with tragedy; Olivia is his second wife and a poor consolation prize for a man whose family was torn from him by Scarlet Fever. Olivia has been a friend and neighbor to him throughout his life and she has been in love with Spencer for as long as she can remember. Now she only wants to make him happy again and to help replace some of what he has lost. Fighting his growing love for Olivia, Spencer makes terrible and hurtful mistakes, pushing Olivia away before he is finally able to court his wife and to accept the love she offers-- and to give love in return.
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Spencer Williamson lost everything he ever loved when he buried his wife and two children. His heart is dead and he never intends to feel the pain that loss brings. He didn't marry Olivia because he loves her and he never intends to love her. He also never intends to give her the children she wishes for, prays for, month after month. She is innocent and trusting and he manages to hide his deception from her for three years. Until she decides to take matters into her own hands. Olivia has loved Spencer since she was a child. She loved him even when he married another woman. She still loves him even though she knows he doesn't love her. In time she hopes her love and kindness will break down the barrier he has built around his heart. Then she can have the family she has always wanted. When her brother-in-law asks her to take in his three children, Olivia sees it as an answer to her prayers. Maybe having a house full of children will fill the void in her life and the ache in her heart. Maybe having children around will help Spencer let go of the pain he has clung to for so long. Having a wife who wants babies is bad enough, having three kids under foot is more than Spencer can stand. It will take a near tragedy for him to realize all that he stands to lose. Is it too late for him to save Olivia's love that has been unreturned for so long? Spencer lost one family and it nearly tore him apart, he won't lose Olivia because of his own selfishness. But can he convince Olivia he is still worth loving? Set in the rural town of Maple Stand, Wisconsin, The Marriage Bed is truly a special tale of love, loss and forgiveness. Stephanie Mittman has created a permanent niche for herself with this story of Olivia and Spencer Williamson. Readers unfamiliar with Ms. Mittman's books will not be disappointed with her writing style--it flows as easy as honey and is just as sweet.A heart wrenching love story! Stephanie Mittman will bring you totears and then to laughter! Beautifully written! The Marriage Bed is warm and romantic! Stephanie Mittman is a unique voice in romance! Her stories of Americana touch the soul and leave a permanent imprint on your heart!Kristina Wright -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary TimesFrom Publishers Weekly:
After losing his beloved wife and children to diphtheria, farmer Spencer Williamson finally agrees to marry again, but he refuses to let himself love another woman or produce another child. He figures that Olivia, his naive new bride, will never know that he doesn't complete the sex act. Three years later, Olivia, still childless, brings her deceased sister's three abused children into her and Spencer's home to raise. When a visit to the doctor earns her a hint, if not the whole truth, of the cause of her "infertility," she angrily leaves Spencer. With Olivia and the children gone, Spencer soon learns how much he's lost and begins a campaign to win his family back. Mittman dishes up generous helpings of humor and charm in this poignant tale set in 19th-century Wisconsin, but it is burdened with repetitious narrative in the second half.
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Descrizione libro Dell, 1996. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11044022182X
Descrizione libro Dell, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX044022182X