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Dixie Browning. Beckett’s Convenient Bride. New York: Silhouette Books, 2003.

Like the other men in his generation of the Beckett clan, Carson Beckett has been avoiding the altar.  His job as a police detective in Charleston, South Carolina has kept him busy–and banged up.  As he recovers from a particularly bad scrape, he begins to think that it’s time to marry his long-time girlfriend Margaret. But before he commits to wedding preparations, Carson decides he should make good on a promise to his late grandfather to clear up a debt owed by the Becketts to a family named Chandler. (A century earlier a Chandler had give a Beckett money to invest.  The investment was a good one, but no one could find Chandler to give him his profits.) Carson needs to find the last Chandler heir, Kit Dixon. Kit is a children’s book author and illustrator who makes a living as a waitress on the Outer Banks.  Unfortunately for both Kit and Carson, Kit came close to witnessing a murder.  When Carson comes around asking questions about Kit, she assumes that he is the murderer. Kit runs down Carson with her distinctive VW Beetle, then when it’s clear he’s not a killer, she takes him in while he heals.  You know where it goes from there.

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Dixie Browning. Beckett’s Cinderella. New York: Silhouette Books, 2002.

The theme of family honor makes this a satisfying read for someone looking for an old-fashioned tale. Money has been a problem for Eliza Chandler Edwards.  As a married woman she had plenty, but only because her husband was scamming his investors.  (Eliza was an innocent bystander to this.)  As a widow (her husband was killed by one of his clients), she is poor as a church mouse, in part because she felt honor-bound to sell her home and personal goods to repay her husband’s victims.  When the novel opens, Eliza is living in Currituck County with her great-uncle Fred, helping him run a produce stand.  Just as Eliza tried to right her late husband’s wrongs, the wealthy Beckett family wants to make up for a wrong committed by a family member.  Patriarch PawPaw Beckett summons handsome grandson Lancelot to track down the last heirs of Elias Chandler, a business partner cheated by PawPaw’s father.  Eliza is suspicious of Beckett and the money he wants to give her, but they are clearly attracted to each other.  A hurricane and the arrival of someone from Eliza’s Texas days help move the plot along.

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Dixie Browning. More to Love. New York: Silhouette, 2001.

Can one week change everything?  Molly Dewhurst thought that a week on Ocracoke Island would help her take the first steps toward turning her life around. Get past her divorce, relax, loose a little weight. It was a reasonable “to do” list, but Molly has trouble focusing on her goals after she meets the handsome Rafe Webber. Their first meeting starts off rocky, but when they try to share the same cottage for a week, the relationship improves. (Of course)

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Dixie Browning. First Time Home. New York: Silhouette Books, 2005.

Laurel Ann Lawless thought that her life in New York City was a good one–she had an enjoyable job with a professional fund raising company and her romance with her boss looked like it might be moving toward the altar. In a very twenty-first century plot twist, her world is turned upside down when federal authorities accuse her boss of funneling money to foreign terrorist organizations.  Suddenly Laurel has no paycheck, the boss doesn’t return her calls, and she is hounded by the media.  Laurel’s wise roommate, Peg, suggests that this might be a good time for Laurel to look at the land in Tyrrell County that Laurel inherited from her father.  North Carolina is a whole new world filled with a rich natural environment, different values, and lots of relatives.  To support herself, she takes a retail job on the Outer Banks and moves into an inexpensive rental that a cousin finds for her. After her relationship with her handsome landlord, Cody, starts to heat up, Laurel thinks that she just might stay in North Carolina.

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Dixie Browning. Rocky and the Senator’s Daughter. New York: Silhouette, 2001.

Sarah Jones Sullivan has had a unenviable life.  Her father, an ambitious United States senator, used Sarah as a prop during his political career.  Without a mother or confidantes to guide her, shy Sarah married one of her father’s proteges, Congressman Stanley Sullivan.  When each man’s misbehavior (influence peddling by dad; sexual adventures by the husband) becomes public, Sarah’s life is in shambles. Rocky Waters was a young reporter when he met the teenage Sarah Jones at one of her father’s political events. Now, almost two decades later, Rocky wants to warn Sarah that a scandal-hungry public is about to feast on her life again.  Sarah, now a widow with a secret she wants to hide, is suspicious of Rocky, but since this is a romance novel, suspicion gives way to something else. This is a nice novel of second chances and forgiveness.

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Dixie Browning. Her Man Upstairs. New York: Silhouette Books, 2005.

Bookstore owner Marty Owens thinks of herself as a practical, unemotional person. It makes sense to get her old house in shape, and since she’s too busy to do it herself, hiring someone else to do is the way to go.  What Marty doesn’t consider is how the gossip will fly when the contractor moves in, or how hunky Cole Stevens will get her heart racing.

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Dixie Browning. Driven to Distraction. New York: Silhouette Books, 2004.

Advice columnist Maggie Riley has heard it all and when a friend of hers falls for an artist/scam artist, Maggie sets out to expose the phony. This means signing on for a week-long painting class at a retreat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ex-Texas lawman Ben Hunter is also at the retreat, trying to get the goods on the snake who cheated his grandmother. They could work together to nail the swindler, but first they have to get past their independent and suspicious natures–and some feelings that are far from professional.

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Dixie Browning. Social Graces. New York: Silhouette, 2003.

After socialite Val Bonnard’s father dies under a cloud of suspicion, her life of privilege disappears. Broke and with creditors harassing her, she heads to the Outer Banks and the small, rickety house that her great-grandmother left to her. When self-proclaimed handy man John MacBride arrives, she offers to trade him one week’s rent for one week of work on the house. What she doesn’t know is that MacBride is investigating the same crime that ruined Val’s life. As the two try to solve the mystery, they also battle their mutual attraction.

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