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Has from Bookpushers is looking for a romance she read a long time ago:

This book has remained with me for a long time because it was such an unsual historical romance ever since I read it as a teen in the early 90s. I cant seem to remember the title or the author but I do remember the plot. It was a book that spans three generations of women with the story split into 3 parts and starts off just after the end of the US Civil war I think- and ends post WW2 in the US. The first half starts off with the 1st heroine losing out on her inheritance on a ranch/land and starts a big feud with the family that takes over. She hooks up with an outlaw who isn’t happy with the family also and they try to take back the ranch but fails. She ends up having a daughter with him but becomes very bitter about this feud and brings her up with the same feelings.

The second part follows the daughter who also tries to get back the ranch but fails – but she ends up falling in love with a Japanese immigrant and encounters racism and hardship but learns to let go about her past – she also ends up having daughter who is the heroine in the final part. This part opens up with her and her father and they get entangled with the grandson of the guy who took over the ranch. He believes that her family was the cause of the feud between his and is pretty harsh. He is like this uber cynical but they have this deep but reluctant attraction and an affair. WW2 breaks out she's interred along with her father in a camp, and the hero realises the truth about the betrayal and the feud (I cant remember the reason) and tries to help her and father to be released in the camp. They fall in love and get married and the feud ends up resolved with both families reconciled with their marriage. I hope someone can remember this book, because it was such an unusual mix of family saga/setting and heroes/heroines!

That is an original mix – anyone remember this book?

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    fledglingbitch says:

    Sounds awesome! I hope you find it.

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    Karen says:

    I hope someone knows because I really want to read that!

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    cleo says:

    Wow.  It has elements that reminds me of James Mitchner’s Centennial – but I don’t think that’s it.  Hope someone knows this one.

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    Molly-in-MD says:

    Shucks. I used my google-fu on BYRON in many contortions without success. My guess: it isn’t a romance but rather a work of general fiction, and nobody on this site has read it. Reasons for my guess: multi-generational story, inclusion in historically significant time periods, sweeping locations, and two of the three stories definitely have no HEA. Examples of this genre: the Kent Family Chronicles, James Michener, Alex Haley. Good luck!

    Confirmation word: then97 – back then, there 97 of these books in the checkout lines at supermarkets.

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    Ha Nguyen says:

    I think this book may be _Golden Empire_ by AE Maxwell who is the husband and wife writing combination of Evan Maxwell and Ann Maxwell (aka Elizabeth Lowell).

    Based on the information from Amazon, it talks about a 3-generation family who has a ranch in California.

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    Has says:

    Thanks guys for the suggestions and for the help! – I thought it was Ann Maxwell but its not as the feud was all about getting a ranch/land back and I don’t think the first heroine was half Mexican. The first two stories didn’t end tragically but didn’t have positive outcomes until the final one but the heroines were happy with the guys they settled with. It was an unusual saga that had a strong romantic theme.
    I am going to hunt for this still!

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