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HaBO: She Read it in Greek

Cartoon girl with bubble that says Maria is looking for a book she read a very long time ago – and this HaBO may be quite tricky: 

I have the plot of a book I read ages ago stuck in my head, but I
cannot remember either author or title. It is set in Australia (possibly New
Zealand, but I am pretty sure it's Australia). The heroine's fiance elopes
with her best friend shortly before the wedding. The best friend was also
about to marry someone else, the hero. Hero and heroine decide to get
married for practical reasons: he is about to land a big contract to work
for a year in a tropical island-kingdom, but it is a very conservative place
and they won't give him the job unless he is married, she has no job (she
has left her home town and her job (as the town librarian, I think) because
of the humiliation of being jilted and she needs to get away.

They marry and go to the tropical island, where the marriage becomes real, they come back
and face their ex-s, they live happily ever after. It's driving me crazy
that I can't rememeber it. Can anyone help me?

I asked Maria for more information about the book, such as whether it was a category or a single title (thick or thin paperback) and she replied: 

It was definitely a thin book!  But, you see, I live in Greece and what I read was a Greek translation. The cover was similar to a Harlequin Presents book, but Harlequin Hellas uses different categories and different covers  in their books. And I remember reading it sometime between 1995 and 2000, but it could have been originaly published years before that. I realise I am not giving you a lot to go on, but I do appreciate you taking the time to help me. The story has stuck in my head like a tune and I can't get rid of it! Thanks!

This is a tough one – anyone recognize this book? (And check out the Harlequin Hellas site if you have a moment – the images are very cool!) (Also: Thanks to BigStock for the new HaBO image!)

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  1. 1
    seton says:

    sounds like Makeshift Marriage by Daphne Clair. She’s a NZ author.

  2. 2
    Kate Hewitt says:

    This sounds like a Jessica Hart book, as she has set several books in Australia and does a lot of marriage-of-convenience stories. I’m not sure which one though, if it is indeed by her. She has a lot of great books!

  3. 3
    Sally says:

    I bet there are several books with the same storyline. Let me see what I can find…

  4. 4
    hechicera says:

    Hahahaha—I read “Harlequin Hellas” and before the “Hellas=Greece” dots connected (to be fair, I’m only halfway through my first cup of coffee) I thought, wow, Harlequin’s got a lot hipper than they used to be.

  5. 5
    Throwmearope says:

    I thought it was Robyn Donald’s old rape-tastic Mansion for my Love, but I’d think the HaBO reader would remember the hero, who was a total stinker.

  6. 6
    Susan Reader says:

    I also vote for “Makeshift Marriage” by Daphne Clair!

  7. 7
    Maria says:

    It was “Makeshift Marriage”. Thanks everybody.

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