Harriett has come up empty in her attempts at Google-Fu, so she’s pleading for the help of the Bitchery:
I have a HaBO request, and I’m hoping you’ll help me find a romance novel
that I checked out from a library while on summer vacation about 15 years
ago and it’s stuck with me ever since:
Like I said, I first read it in the mid-1990s, and the book was either a
Silhouette novel or Harlequin Super-Romance. I think the cover had a
painting of a man and a woman sitting on porch steps, with the woman leaning
back in his arms. Here’s the plot as I remember it:
It opens with the heroine who lives in Appalachia and works as a
nurse/midwife. She used to work in the big city, but moved to the
Appalachian mountains for the quiet and to work with a community in need.
Then one day, a stranger suddenly knocks on her front door and asks her if
she knows where her brother is. She says that the last time she heard from
her brother, he was going on a research trip in South America.
It turns out that the stranger is government agent from the CIA/FBI/[insert
secret agency here]. The government has learned that her brother’s research
(as an anthropologist or archaeologist) has put him in contact with someone
in South America who is a major criminal. The CIA agent is in charge of
tracking down her brother, and he wants the heroine’s help in contacting
her brother so that he’ll help them with their case and also get out of
danger. Also, I think she and her brother are orphans and she’s the only
one who can reach him.
The heroine agrees to go with the agent, and they embark on an exciting trip
down to South America and back through the United States to find her brother
and also avoid getting killed by said criminal. Of course, they fall in love
along the way.
Does this ring a bell for anyone?