Cynical ex-soldier Cutter Blackwell left Texas on a mission: find his adopted brother's long-lost sister and bring her home. But the moment Cutter met shy schoolteacher Sara Gunter, something unbearably tender wrapped around his battle-scarred heart. She was everything a confirmed bachelor shouldn't want. A gentle-hearted beauty who believed in fairy-tale endings. An innocent rose who had never experienced the pleasure of a man's kiss. Yet something about Sara's smile made the avowed loner want her as his own. But once she learned who he really was, could he regain Sara's trust and make her realize that she was meant to be his?
Life is filled with precious moments to be cherished because it can all be gone in a flash and you'll be left with nothing but treasured memories. Deidra Ferguson and John Sinclair are all too aware of this. They're both in Hawaii to see their loved ones' ashes to their final resting place--off the coast of Oahu. Can these two broken hearts find a way to help each other mend? Find out in THE MARRIAGE PROMISE, BOOK FOUR in the New York Times & USA Today bestselling series BILLIONAIRE GAMES from award-winning author Sandra Edwards.
In search of a wife! Logan Hunter had made a promise: to find a new bride for himself, and a mother for his darling daughter. That was five years ago, and he hadn't even started looking! But Sara Wynter found him anyway…. Only Sara had none of the attributes Logan wanted in a second wife. She was too pretty, too outspoken. Logan tried not to fall for her—he simply wanted a marriage of convenience. But Sara reminded him that he had a heart, and it looked as though he'd soon be the happiest reluctant bridegroom ever! "Ms. Green spins an enchanting tale with marvelous characterization." —Romantic Times on The Wedding Promise
Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender examines contemporary debates about the meaning and value of marriage. The book analyzes arguments for traditional marriage, including those of neonaturalists, utilitarians, and communitarians or virtue theorists. The volume also considers a range of feminist, welfarist, and liberationist arguments for ending the institution altogether. It evaluates two major reform movements: one focused on expanding marriage to include same-sex couples and the other focused on the use of law to render marriage more internally just. The book concludes with a plea to activists to redirect "marriage equality" movements toward the creation of an entirely secular "civil union law" that would respect a broader range of private life-long commitments, including but not limited to same- and opposite-sex couples, without threatening the role of religious marriage in the lives of those who embrace it and without penalizing nonparticipants.
From divorce court to popular culture, alimony is a dirty word. Unpopular and rarely ordered, the awards are frequently inconsistent and unpredictable. The institution itself is often viewed as an historical relic that harkens back to a gendered past in which women lacked the economic independence to free themselves from economic support by their spouses. In short, critics of alimony claim it has no place in contemporary visions of marriage as a partnership of equals. But as Cynthia Lee Starnes argues in The Marriage Buyout, alimony is often the only practical tool for ensuring that divorce does not treat today’s primary caregivers as if they were suckers. Her solution is to radically reconceptualize alimony as a marriage buyout. Starnes’s buyouts draw on a partnership model of marriage that reinforces communal norms of marriage, providing a gender-neutral alternative to alimony that assumes equality in spousal contribution, responsibility, and right. Her quantification formulae support new default rules that make buyouts more certain and predictable than their current alimony counterparts. Looking beyond alimony, Starnes outlines a new vision of marriages with children, describing a co-parenting partnership between committed couples, and the conceptual basis for income sharing between divorced parents of minor children. Ultimately, under a partnership model, the focus of alimony is on gain rather than loss and equality rather than power: a spouse with disparately low earnings isn’t a sucker or a victim dependent on a fixed alimony payment, but rather an equal stakeholder in marriage who is entitled at divorce to share any gains the marriage produced.
Welcome to Angel Island…Its captivating spirit can be felt from the shores of its windswept beaches to the heights of the spectacular Angel Wings Cliffs. The island is said to harbor angels who help guide the lost, delivering them from despair and darkness into the golden light of love and faith. The inn is open for business, and owner Liza Martin has booked her first event—a wedding—even though renovations aren’t completed. This brings more of attractive handyman Daniel Merritt into her life, but as Liza starts falling for him, she learns that Daniel is a man with secrets. Liza doesn’t have time to dwell on her love life with all the wedding preparations taking place. She wants to make the event perfect, but the growing tension between the couple worries her. On the day of the wedding a storm rolls in—and the groom disappears. Everything is going wrong, and Liza needs a miracle. But, if you have faith and love, Angel Island is the sort of place where miracles can happen…
10TH ANNIVERSARY THE WAY WEST FOR RACHEL SINCLAIR LED STRAIGHT DOWN THE AISLE And into the arms of a man she barely knew! But Cord McPherson had taken her and her brothers in when trouble struck along the trail. And Rachel believed in her heart that this marriage of convenience would grow into a bond more precious than gold. An instant family wasn't something Cord McPherson had planned on acquiring, but the sight of Rachel protecting her brothers told him she was plenty strong enough to be his bride. And he was good and ready to make their promise to each other last a lifetime.
Refusing Gabe's proposal was the right thing to do. And Katie hasn't regretted her choice once in the past ten years. Gabe went on to law school and a brilliant career, and she took care of her family, put her siblings through college and even opened her own bakery. She couldn't stand between Gabe and success any more than she could have left her family to struggle without her. Though life can be a little lonely sometimes.… Life has been good to Gabe, but he wants to come home to Cactus, Texas, and the embrace of his grandmother's house. When he returns to settle Gran's estate, he learns that her bequest will only be granted if he marries Katie! Well, the idea of baring his soul to Katie a second time sure doesn't sit well with Gabe. But without her, he'll never find the peace he's looking for.
Even in secular and civil contexts, marriage retains sacramental connotations. Yet what moral significance does it have? This book examines its morally salient features -- promise, commitment, care, and contract -- with surprising results. In Part One, "De-Moralizing Marriage," essays on promise and commitment argue that we cannot promise to love and so wedding vows are (mostly) failed promises, and that marriage may be a poor commitment strategy. The book contends with the most influential philosophical accounts of the moral value of marriage to argue that marriage has no inherent moral significance. Further, the special value accorded marriage sustains amatonormative discrimination - discrimination against non-amorous or non-exclusive caring relationships such as friendships, adult care networks, polyamorous groups, or urban tribes. The discussion raises issues of independent interest for the moral philosopher such as the possibilities and bounds of interpersonal moral obligations and the nature of commitment. The central argument of Part Two, "Democratizing Marriage," is that liberal reasons for recognizing same-sex marriage also require recognition of groups, polyamorists, polygamists, friends, urban tribes, and adult care networks. Political liberalism requires the disestablishment of monogamous amatonormative marriage. Under the constraints of public reason, a liberal state must refrain from basing law solely on moral or religious doctrines; but only such doctrines could furnish reason for restricting marriage to male-female couples or romantic love dyads. Restrictions on marriage should thus be minimized. But public reason can provide a strong rationale for minimal marriage: care, and social supports for care, are a matter of fundamental justice. Part Two also responds to challenges posed by property division on divorce, polygyny, and supporting parenting, and builds on critiques of marriage drawn from feminism, queer theory, and race theory. It argues, using the example of minimal marriage, for the compatibility of liberalism and feminism.
A look back through the history of women who were about to be married only to be left at the altar—and left with no choice but to take their revenge. A wedding day is supposed to be the happiest, most special and blessed event in a bride’s life. And most of the time, it is. But sometimes, it is not. In this fun, fascinating look at betrothals that went bust before anyone even said “I do,” the authors have collected the true stories of what happened when the groom suddenly decided “I don’t.” From the 1780s right up to the 1970s, jilted women (and the occasional crushed suitor) employed a range of tactics to bring false lovers to book. Here is a full wedding party of cases in which women found very different kinds of happy endings, such as Mary Elizabeth Smith who forged evidence of a courtship to entrap an Earl, Catherine Kempsall who shot the man who denied their engagement, Gladys Knowles who was awarded a record £10,000 in damages by a jury in 1890, and Daisy Mons who discreetly negotiated a £50,000 settlement from a nobleman. Based on original research, this social history of breach of promise shows that when men behaved badly, hell had no fury like a woman scorned.
This provocative and timely book goes beyond conservative and liberal battlesover the state of the American family and addresses the difficult question ofmarriage itself.
The Sourcebook series of anthologies gathers prose and poetry, hymns and prayers from various times and traditions, all centered on a particular theme, from the seasons of the church year to the foundational moments in the life of a Christian. Each collection offers a treasury of wisdom for use in homilies, prayer services and personal meditation.
How is your marriage? Is it everything you hoped it would be? Is it the happy, successful, fulfilling relationship that God promises it will be in His Holy Scriptures? If we are honest, no matter how good our marriages are, we have to admit that marriage did not live up to our expectations. The good news truth though, is that our marriages can be everything that God promises and that truth is based on these very promises of God. There are things we need to know, understand and act on in order for God's promises to come true in our lives and that is what this book is about - helping you to know how to take your marriage and make it all that God promises your marriage can be in His Word.
COURTSHIP, CLASS AND GENDER IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.
The scorching new installment of Marriage to a Billionaire In order for his sister to marry, Italian billionaire Michael Conte has to find himself a bride - and fast! When he learns that photographer Maggie Ryan is going to be in Milan, Michael hatches a plan to introduce her to his family as his "fiancée." Never mind that Maggie is confident, independent, and a complete control freak. Never mind that she's everything he doesn't want in a wife…and everything he wants in his bed! Convinced that Michael is in love with her married gal pal, Maggie agrees to keep up the ruse if he'll keep away from her friend. Besides, she's not attracted to charming, ridiculously good looking billionaires who drive her up the wall. Once they're in Italy, however, everything changes - and the sexual tension between Maggie and Michael goes from simmer to sizzling! But have they found the perfect arrangement…or are they trapped in a make-believe marriage? "Jennifer Probst has proved to be one of the most exciting breakout novelists in the romance genre." - USA Today "Jennifer Probst pens a charming, romantic tale destined to steal your heart" - NYT