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"From number one *New York occasions* bestselling writer Johanna Lindsey comes a love tale as passionate and tumultuous because the previous American West, approximately an heiress who discovers ardour within the fingers of a Texas cowboy.Amanda and Marian Laton are exact twins yet they're as diverse as evening and day. Amanda is gorgeous yet nasty, and Marian is variety yet plain—purposely so as to steer clear of frightening her spiteful twin's jealousy. whilst their prosperous father all of sudden dies, the 2 lightly reared New England heiresses are despatched to stay with their aunt on a sprawling Texas ranch. There the twins meet Chad Kinkaid, the cowboy son of a neighboring rancher. Marian is fascinated with Chad's rugged attractiveness and his sheer masculinity, yet she understands that like any different guy she and her dual have met, he'll pursue Amanda, no longer her. Chad is certainly beguiled by means of Amanda's good looks, yet quickly he starts to determine past Marian's rigorously built dowdy façade. not like the tame gents again East, after witnessing Marian's style for experience, her humorousness and bravado within the face of threat, Chad reveals himself short of *her.* yet how can he, a guy who's only a cowboy with no fancy airs or urbane appeal, persuade her she's the one girl for him?

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Schleppte er sie zum Arzt? Befahl er ihr, auf ihre Gesundheit zu achten, sich zusammenzuneh­ men, aus ihrem Zimmer zu kommen und auf die mit Synthol getränkten Waschlappen zu verzich­ ten, auszugehen und sich mit anderen Menschen zu treffen, »Aktivitäten« zu entwickeln, ins Kino zu gehen oder sich zu einem Töpfer-, Zeichen-, Patchwork- oder Seidenmalereikurs anzumelden, wie sie im Gemeindezentrum angeboten und auf den Plakaten beworben wurden, die an die hölzernen Telegrafenmasten mit den auf den Leitungen 42 Klippen hockenden Vögeln geheftet waren, zu deren Füßen sich vom Regen aufgeweichte alte Papierschnipsel häuften?

An den Onkel, der, von seiner entrüste­ ten kleinen Familie gefolgt, zu seinem Renault 18 60 Klippen ging. Wir betraten die Kirche, und während wir schweigend auf den unbequemen Bänken saßen und auf unsere eiskalten Hände bliesen, warteten wir, dass der Sarg zu den Klängen einer piepsigen Orgel hereingetragen wurde. An mir tropfte alles ab wie Regen an einer Fens­ terscheibe. Ich war nicht dort, wusste nicht, wovon die Rede war, fragte mich, wo meine Mutter sein mochte, was diese längliche Kiste aus lackiertem Holz enthielt, wann sie wiederkam, wann das alles hier vorbei war, dieser böse Traum, dieser üble Scherz.

Und plötzlich sackte er schlaff wie ein Lumpen zusammen. Sein Kör­ per hatte sich im Innern lautlos aufgelöst und nur eine dünne Hülle ohne stützendes Gerüst zurück­ gelassen. Von seinem Gewicht mitgerissen, stürzte auch ich. Der Pfarrer unterbrach seine Ansprache. 61 Olivier Adam Eine Welle des Raunens schluckte mich. Die Leute sahen uns an, ich lag verständnislos am Boden, mein Bruder mit geschlossenen Augen bewusst­ los neben mir. Mein Vater beugte sich über uns, und noch heute sehe ich deutlich den Ausdruck auf seinem Gesicht, sehe ich die Wut, die daraus sprach, als hätten wir uns einen dummen Streich erlaubt.

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