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S-HaBO-Day: Falling of the Roof for Love

Help a Bitch OutBex has been hunting for this book for a long time: 

A friend of mine recommended you as I am trying to track down a romance novel I read many years ago. I THINK it was published by Mills and Boom, but I can't be at all sure.

Here's what I remember: Teacher (I think) swears off men for…reasons, accepts temporary placement in…Alaska? I think?

Ends up living next door to sexy, enigmatic neighbour. Tries to fix her own roof with like…a wooden spoon and a plastic bag. Sexy neighbour helps.

I think teacher falls off the roof at some point. It snows a lot?

Teacher gets lost in woods!

Sexy neighbour uses all his dogs to find her!

Saves her from hypothermia in his hot tub!


I think he turns out to be a single dad? She goes home and he like turns up dramatically on new year's eve or similar Etc

Anyway it was actually pretty funny and good and I'd like to read it again. I can't remember what it was called or who it was by, and my Google-Fu is failing me. Help me, Smart Bitches Wan, you're my only hope!

Do you recognize this romance? It sounds SO familiar to me, but I can't place it. 


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    boogenhagen says:

    I think this is That Wintry Feeling by Debbie Macomber – this was a silhouette romance from 1984.  I have to poke around and find the book though to be sure.

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    Ros Clarke says:

    This is not the book you are looking for, but India Grey’s fabulous Powerful Italian, Penniless Housekeeper also has a heroine falling through a roof she is trying to fix and being helped out by her sexy neighbour.

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    Sandra says:

    Not the one you’re looking for, but Meg Cabot’s “She Went All the Way” also features running around the woods in Alaska in the snow, with bonking.

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    Throwmearope says:

    I thought it was Back to the Bedroom, an early Janet Evanovich, because of the roof thing.  Alas, nothing else matches.

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    Elizabeth Houston says:

    Ooh that’s a good one. It’s been years. Have to go dig it out. I was trying to figure out what to read next ;)

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    rebeccaj says:

    I dont know the name of it but i remember reading it!

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    cleo says:

    The plot sounds like it could be early Jayne Ann Krentz / Stephanie James, but only if it was set in the Pacific Northwest, with rain instead of snow.

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    Bette says:

    This sounds like every Nora Roberts ever, especially if the teacher has an absentee mommy and the sexy neighbor is rich and hiding away from the world.  But I don’t actually know what book this might be.

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    Beccah W. says:

    “Tries to fix her own roof with like…a wooden spoon and a plastic bag.” Ha! Sadly, if I were on my own, this is totally how I would try to fix anything. That, or I would loiter around Home Depot and try to find those guys from Curb Appeal to come over and fix it.

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    Rebecca says:

    Could it be Manhunt, by Janet Evanovich? There are definitely hijinks, and it takes place in Alaska, although I don’t specifically remember the roof thing.

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    Ha! That’s funny. I just pulled this one off the shelf today so that I could reread it. It is one of my favorites. I love Jack Townsend and Lou Calabrese and their story. Rereading it, a few of the secondary aspects are a bit irritating but still such a fun story.

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    AudioGal3 says:

    From Fantastic Fiction, plot of That Wintry Feeling:
    Cathy Thompson, a school teacher, needed a dramatic change in her life to forget a painful past – and her move to Alaska would certainly be a start. She didn’t know that from the ruins of one love she would be led to the passionate heart of another. Grady Jones, an Alaskan bush pilot, needed a wife himself and a mother for his young daughter, and beautiful Cathy Thompson would do quite nicely. He didn’t know that what began as a marriage of convenience would become an all-consuming desire. Grady helped Cathy forget the past, and with her Grady found a future of his own. Together they learned that the best love was yet to be.

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