This HaBO request comes from Heather, and seriously, I couldn't make this plot up if I tried, even if I tried after two bottles of wine and some bivalves.
I am trying desperately to find this novel I nicked from my grandmother when I was about sixteen (so published 2000 or earlier) and Google just won't cough it up, no matter how many details I remember!
It was a contemporary romance, either Harlequin or Silhouette. The heroine was a pregnant woman whose name was Dulcibella de la Torra (I'm not 100% positive on the spelling of the last name), and she was the daughter of a rich man who I think might've disowned her. Her true love was the hero, a doctor named Christopher/Cristobal (both names were used for him interchangeably), but her husband and the father of her baby was his lousy screw-up brother who had just disappeared. After the brother's disappearance, Dulcibella leaves their native country (I *think* it was Peru) and comes to Chris in the U.S for help, because his family has a curse on it where either the mother dies in childbirth or the baby is stillborn. (If I recall correctly, Chris and his brother were twins whose mother had died in childbirth.) Chris is reluctant at first, because he doesn't really believe in the curse, but Dulcibella is counting on him to go back to Peru and break it.
At some point in the book, he gives her a horse as a gift- the horse's name is Sombra de la Luna- and her prenatal exams show that his brother gave her gonorrhea. In the end, Chris breaks the curse and finds out that the reason his brother disappeared is that he died trying to break it himself. I remember it so well, but for the life of me, I can't find it. Help a bitch out, please?
There's a number of interesting things that come up for Googling “Dulcibella” and “Cristobal” but nothing beats Googling, “his brother gave her gonorrhea.”
And if the word “gonorrhea” appears in a Harlequin, I will eat my own flip flops.
Anyone recall this book?