One more HaBO! Mariam is looking for a book that sounds completely off the wall – with twin heroines or something and a hero of… epic jerkwaddery:
Okay, so…I've been looking for this book off and on for ages, now it's simply become a challenge that I need closure for. In about 1999-2000, a classmate handed me a book, I read it, and handed it back the next day.
There are certain things I'm certain of, and details that are fuzzy. I think the novel was set in a frontier-esque foresty type of area, which I might have been assuming was American, but it felt very “Little house on the prairie” in atmosphere.
The main character is one of a pair of similarly-named twin girls. One is brassy and medically inclined, the other more softspoken and domestic. The novel makes repeated reference to her teeny tiny waist and ginormous boobs. Green eyed, and black-haired she's referred to as a pixie and petite and it's all very tropey.
Male lead was caught as a youth banging the female lead in the stables, and is sent off somewhere to make his fortune. He sends a letter within a letter to the girls' father; the outer letter asking to marry the brassy twin. The letter inside, once handed to the brassy twin, turns out to be for the softspoken twin, but she wants to marry him so she keeps quiet about it. He has a history of mistaking their names.
Turns out, he'd banged the brassy twin before he left, but promised to marry the softspoken one? or something like that, the softspoken twin definitely thought he was going to send for her. Generally, he seemed trashy to my thirteen year old self.
There's also a kid he wants her to raise, but i can't recall if it was a kid he had with a native woman, or not his, or something like this that further besmirched his character in my mind.
There's a subplot involving her medical expertise, and needing to save a misogynist neighbor after he grovels.
Now, the interesting thing is that in my research, I've come across a novel and film called Green Dolphin World/Street that is ridiculously similar in plot to this book. I've read the amazon preview, though, and it's definitely not that classy a book.
Anyone feel bad for the quiet twin? I kinda do. Do you recognize this book?