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HaBO: APRN in the West

I totally had to Google “APRN” – I figured Accounts Payable Registered Nurse. Or Associated Press Registered Nurse, trained to treat the fallout of bad papercuts? But no – advance practice registered nurse. Live and learn – and maybe find this book for Eileen:

[This] was one of the first romance stories I ever read, and I would just like
to read it again at some point to figure out WHY the story has been in my
head for so long!

It was a short story that I believe was in an anthology. A woman drives
from Oregon to move to Texas. She is an APRN, and has a friend that already
lives in Texas and that’s part of the reason she’s moving there. (This is
why I believe this may have been a spin-off story from a previous book or
books – these women used to work at a hospital together and the friend fell
in love with a Texas guy who was in some sort of accident in Oregon and they
fell in love while she treated him and married him and moved to Texas.)
Anyway, the first day the APRN is in town one of the local yokels kisses
her in the middle of main street (staking his claim, so to speak). The
man’s daughter then meets the woman and decides her dad (obviously divorced
or widowed) should marry this woman.

He has issues with getting married again, she has issues with marrying
someone she just met, yadda yadd, they get married and live happily every

If anyone can help me out with this I would REALLY appreciate it!


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  1. 1
    Kristi says:

    God, I’ve read this…  Or maybe it was someone who moved there to be a teacher. But the story sounds the same! LOL – I’ll have to look around.

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    Beki says:

    I feel like I’ve read it too.  Any idea on time it was published, or what the yadda-yaddas might entail? 

    The yadda-yaddas are mighty important.  And was the daughter teenager or little child?

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    Deb Kinnard says:

    This sounds sort of like Eileen Wilks’ MIDNIGHT CINDERELLA but the details don’t exactly match. She wasn’t an APN, she was an aide studying for her nursing degree. And I’m thinking early 90s for this and Wilks’ other superb Harlequin titles.

    This was before she went all paranormal on me, LOL.

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    plaatsch says:

    Long shot here, but with Oregon mentioned, it might be a Catherine Anderson?

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    Perla says:

    Debbie Macomber’s “Lone Star Lovin’ “

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    Brenda B. Hill says:

    I feel like I read it but no thoughts to name or the author. Sorry.
    I have been avid reader for over 50 yrs so my memory holds a lot of info re: books..LOL

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    Lindleepw says:

    I agree with everyone else in that I feel like I’ve read this before also. I’ll have to give it some thought. Maybe the title will come to me.

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    Diane/Anonym2857 says:

    Here’s the blurb info for the Macomber book Perla mentioned above.  It has potential.  It was originally published as Harlequin Romance # 3271 in 1993, then was reprinted in an Anthology/dual book called Darling Daughters in 2002, with Yours and Mine, also by Macomber, as the second title.  No sequel that I can see on my Byron program, but it’s possible.

    Diane :o)

    He’s a hardworking, good-looking rancher, but single father Cody Bailman has neither the time nor the patience for “courtin’ a woman.”  His twelve-year-old daughter, Heather, is determined to teach him about romance.  She’s got her eye on nurse Sherry Waterman, who’s “just perfect for Dad”!

    Cody Bailman—He’s a hardworking, good-looking Texan—who has neither the time nor the patience for courting a woman.  Fortunately—or unfortunately!—Cody’s twelve-year-old daughter, Heather, is determined to teach him about romance.  Because she’s got her eye on newcomer Sherry Waterman as the woman who’s just perfect for daddy. 

    Sherry Waterman—She’s discovering that Texan men are truly a breed apart.  Especially the stubborn Cody Bailman.  She’s definitely attracted to the man—in fact, she’s close to falling in love with him—but she’d like a little romance first!

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    Eileen says:

    That’s it!  Lonestar Lovin is it!
    How I missed that while I was searching I don’t know as I do like Debbie Macomber.  Thank you so much for everyone’s help!

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