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HaBO: Younger Man, Lost Dog

Bitchery Reader KsMom writes:

Trying to find the name or author of a Harlequin American (back when they
first came out and had the silver border) about a poor, broke caterer with
two kids (boy and girl, I think), and she falls for a younger guy (in
college, I think) who worked at a grocery store she shopped at.

The heroine had a dog that got sick or disappeared at the end, and the hero
rescued it. The heroine’s married sister was a fashionista type who didn’t
want kids because they were messy. But in the end, the sister did decide
that maybe kids weren’t so bad. The sister’s husband was British, maybe?

Can’t remember any of the character names or who wrote it, but it was one
of my keeper books way back when. I loaned it to my mom, who packed it up
and gave it away to Goodwill. Needless to say, I have NOT loaned out any
more keepers since, as, if you can’t trust your MOM, who CAN you trust?

Much obliged if anybody can help me find this book, because I would SO buy

If you can’t trust your mom with your keepers, indeed, who can you trust?! A older woman/younger man romance with kids? Whoa – this sounds kind of wowser.


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    Wendy says:

    I hope somebody knows this because I fell hook, line and sinker when I read….

    she falls for a younger guy (in college, I think) who worked at a grocery store she shopped at.

    The bit about the sister is likely to drive me bat-shit-insane, but dang – I need to read about this hero….

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    Lostshadows says:

    Sorry, can’t help with the book title, but I think you should be talking to your Mom about replacing it.

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    SheaLuna says:

    I am almost sure I read this.  Seemed like he was about ten years younger and she was really hung up on his age.  I think the dog was a bassett hound?  Hmmm… gonna have to do a little research.

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    SheaLuna, I wonder if you’re thinking of Jennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You. That’s got a younger man and a bassett hound. But it’s not the one KsMom’s looking for.

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    SheaLuna says:

    Nope, I’ve never read that one.  It’s a much older one I’m thinking of. Granted, I could be mixing up more than one!

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    Jenica says:

    Is it Robbing the Cradle by Anne Henry (HAR #292)?

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    Barb says:

    Sure sounds like Robbing the Cradle—From FictionDB

    “Lots of women dated younger men.
    Movie stars did it. Singers and soap opera sirens did it. But could Pam Sullivan, a thirty-year-old Dallas caterer and mother of two small boys, do it?
    Joel Bynum was “that nice young man at the supermarket.” A college kid, for heaven’s sake. His persistence flattered Pam. His affection for her children went straight to her heart. But Pam was too smart and too scared to throw caution to the winds, accept a date with Joel and blithely expect love to conquer all.”

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    Betsy says:

    Sympathy, friend.  My mom gave away my entire belolved collection of Tamora Pierce books that went everywhere with me, security-blanket style, in fifth and sixth grade.  I miss them so!
    And my mom doesn’t get to borrow my books anymore.  (I did lend her Twilight, but I didn’t really care if I got it back or not.  Of course, that one she managed to return.)
    spamword enough96: Enough giving away books that aren’t yours, mommy!

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    oneflewtoofar says:

    @betsy, I totally feel for you concerning the pierce books. I’ve loved them since 8th grade i’ve repaird my Alanna paperbacks to the point of buying a second set to use as reading copies, if my mom had trashed them i might die. Plus most are autographed so to loose them…that’s just not cool.

    BTW I also really want this book, I am amused by the idea that 30 is cougar territory but it sounds cute.

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    Qadesh says:

    Regarding not getting books back, I attended a library book sale today (is there anything better than going to a sale and getting paperbacks for .50 cents and hardbacks for a $1?) and as I was checking out had a conversation with the two gals working check out.  One was a book keeper, someone who doesn’t like to give her books away under any circumstances, and the other was a book philanthropist, someone who reads them once and then gives them away.  I myself am I keeper, I don’t like to even think about giving them away.  But it was funny conversation, they both had a hard time imagining being like the other.  Me?  I don’t give loan books to anyone, for any reason.  I learned my lesson.

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    Vicki says:

    I remember reading Robbing the Cradle when it came out. Even then, I wasn’t so amazed at the age difference. But I remember enjoying the story.

    That was also about the time that I learned to buy another copy of a book if I was going to lend it, to just give it, instead. I had lent several copies of one of my favorite (non-romance) Zelazny books and finally had to accept that the really good books might not come back. People might want to keep them. (Except for my mom who threw out a number of my books, what is it with moms and books?)

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    SusannaG says:

    Yeah, I’ve been lucky enough that my mother has never thrown out my books – she herself came back from the first term of college to find her mother had cleaned out her book shelves.  So she’s never done it to me.  Thanks, Mom!

    Jennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You is the one with the basset, and a good one,  but not this one, I think.  Don’t think it was an American Romance, either.

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