Dr. Zoidberg asks for your help finding this sizzler of a book:
I’m hoping the Bitchery can help me with tracking down this book. I read it
many years ago (even had a copy) and now the copy and the memory of the
title are long gone!
Ok, plot summary: Heroine is going to become villain’s mistress for some
noble reason, but gives it up to the hero because she wants to experience
love/lust before going off with the villain. Villain finds out she’s not a
virgin and and brands her on the breast with a ‘W’ for whore. Heroine a
few years later hooks back up with hero, HEAs all around.
Some pertinent points: part of the action takes place at a (I think) railroad camp, because
I remember a scene with smallpox sweeping through the camp and only the
Chinese workers having a rudimentary knowledge of a type of vaccination. I
remember the hero worked with dynamite, and the heroine had a young child
(secret baby from the hero) that was killed at the opening of the Brooklyn
I really liked this book, and I would love to find this again. Please
Aside from the terrible part about the bridge, which would just ruin the book for me, the whole branding-the-heroine thing is CRAZY. Anyone recognize that book?