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HaBO: Hawks, Roses and Stained Glass

Bitchery reader Jennifer writes:

I’ve been reading romance novels for, oh, the last 6 or 7 years, ever since I secretly borrowed (secretly because I was quite young) one from my mom that she’d borrowed from my grandma. I read it, couldn’t put it down & haven’t stopped since. Shortly after I finished with the book, it disappeared. I have not been able to find it on my mom’s or my grandma’s shelves…and for the life of me, I can’t remember the name or author.

I hope with these very few key points that have remained in my head that someone will know what the book is:
—The heroine designs/creates/builds stained glass windows.
—The hero’s name is Hawk.
—There is this hot, steamy (well, to my 12 year old self) scene on a boat, maybe a sailboat, where they have sex.
—When Hawk inevitably leaves the heroine, she throws herself into creating this gorgeous window for Hawk. She doesn’t eat & doesn’t sleep for days, simply creating the window. Hawk may or may not have been the one to find her passed out on the floor from sheer exhaustion.
—The window she created for Hawk has a hawk in it with a little red tear drop under his eye. Upon further inspection by Hawk, there is a rose etched into the red tear drop.

That’s all I got. Thanks in advance if you post this & for your help!

That’s a lot of detail. I’ll be surprised if no one guesses this one relatively quickly.



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  1. 1

    Damn, I’ve read that one, too, but can’t remember who wrote it or the title. Could it be by Elizabeth Lowell?

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    BevQB says:

    I knew I had read this—

    I think it’s Elizabeth Lowell- A Woman without Lies

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    LDH says:

    Could it be “A Woman Without Lies” by Elizabeth Lowell?

    From the synopsis:

    “An artist in glass and light, Angel has loved with passion and fire – and learned the true depths of sadness when what she loved was taken from her. When she first meets Miles Hawkins – a solitary, distant man – their mutual mistrust seems insurmountable. Hawk has never known what Angel has freely enjoyed, having experienced only cruelty and betrayal from the women in his life. But Angel is willing to risk everything that proud, silent Hawk cannot, as she strives to bring truth and love to a tormented soul who believes in neither. Yet giving her heart again could be a gamble with stakes too high and too painful for her to endure – for she fears that, by loving Hawk, she will surely lose him.”

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    Kate H says:

    Wow – there are two of them out there.  The book I immediately thought of was Iris Johansen’s Beloved scoundrel.

    But the names don’t match up.  Who knew there were so many sexy stained glass artisan stories?

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    SonomaLass says:

    I was very confused by the heading on this post:

    HaBO:Hawks, Roses +amp; StainedGlass

    Took a few seconds for me to figure it out, not being html good at all.

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    Willa says:

    Dammit, I knew this one!!! That’s one of the first romances I ever read, too! And it definitely stuck with me.

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    Liz says:

    For once it is one I know for sure!
    Definitely “A woman without lies” by Elizabeth Lowell.
    I knew just from the heading. One of my favorite books and one I re-read when I’m in the mood.

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    Coco says:

    I can’t believe it! I am reading this book and it didn’t occur to me that this was what you were looking for. Maybe I’m not just that into it. But sailboat sex. Sounds promising!

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    Kathy says:

    I concur. You are remembering A Woman Without Lies by Elizabeth Lowell. That is one of the few books that I have reread immediately after finishing it the first time. I haven’t read it for years but the story came back to me immediately when you gave your clues. The emotions were so powerful for me. Excellent book and probably one of the reasons that I still immediately buy anything new Lowell writes.

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    Kelly Anne says:

    That was the only English book I could find during my brief time in Spain.  Angsty, angsty goodness.  I think I sold that copy to an exchange in Florence.  Trying to bring too many books back from Europe.

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    Tracy says:

    One I actually knew and I was too late to claim a title!! Bummer!

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    RStewie says:

    Damn!!  I knew it too! 

    It is Elizabeth Lowell’s A Woman W/out Lies.

    /Cry.  I want a title SOOO BAD, too.  :(

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    Lucy says:

    This was one of my first romance reads as well – and I just found it on the clearance shelf at Half-Price! Very angsty read…

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    sara says:

    I think we need lots more posts under the tag “heroes named hawk.” Bwaha.

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    smartmensab-tch says:

    I had no idea about the title, and I don’t think I’ve read this.  But thanks for reminding me of sneak-reading my mom’s copy of Forever Amber when I was in junior high (early 70s.)!  I don’t remember why I was sneak reading it because I was allowed to read whatever I wanted. 

    Actually, it seems like a pretty tame book these days.  But it was considered VERY shocking when it came out in the 40s.

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    Wolfy says:

    I scooped “The Pearl” from my ma when I was about 12..gooood stuff!

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    toshiba says:

    […]Many know of and give credit to Louis C. Tiffany for his masterpieces in stained glass, which came from his studio in New York.[…]

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