In Name Only
ISBN 1-58787-146-7 Embiid ed. $3.99
(Formats Available: EBK, PALM)
ISBN 1-58787-147-5 Rocket ed. $4.99
First Embiid edition June 2002
First published by Berkley Publishing in 1987.
Cover art by Melisa Michaels
Desperate people take desperate measures. Leslie Burgess, desperate to keep her son, agrees to move clear across the country to marry a man she's never met, to help him raise his young daughter and to gain his protection for her son. David promises her refuge, safety, and even friendship, but he makes it clear that love will not enter into the bargain. Theirs is a marriage of convenience only....A "convenience" that becomes less than convenient when Leslie begins to fall in love.
Modean does it again. What can I say? She writes an engaging, engrossing romance with sensitivity and style. If you haven't tried her books yet, this would be a good place to start. But a word of warning: you'll want to go back and pick up all the others, afterward. (Bet you can't read just one!)
-Melisa Michaels, Executive Editor, Embiid Books
A few links of relevance to the location and the story:
When Leslie first came to this part of the country, it was all an alien landscape to her: the scenery, the people, the attitudes. For those of you who have explored the links to the Pitchlyn County books, this will seem familiar terrain, but for those of you who haven't, you may be surprised at what landscape Oklahoma really has:
A look at the prototype
- (Well, yes, it's a real estate/chamber of commerce type site, but just look at the scenery!)
This is a site maintained by the Heavener Schools. They've been an active presence on the web since before the county seat, to the north, even got internet access. The photographs of the scenery are courtesy of (and copyrighted by) one of the local bankers. The historical photographs on the museum page were gathered in the preparation of a memorial book the town of Heavener published a few years ago.
And more yet!
These from a page within Carl Albert State College's community pages for the county-seat town of Poteau, a French name meaning post, or outpost, but which some of the young people translate as "Sticks."
Leslie placed her ads in magazines like
It seems only fair to provide links to their web sites.
Leslie came to this isolated area from Paterson, New Jersey. Contrast the activity of Paterson
in the busy industrial north with that of Heavener, OK
, a very real town that resembles some of the fictional sites I use. Or better still, explore the site of the Heavener Schools
, which hosts much more than the photography section featured in a link above.
Oh my gosh! I just found a web page for Big Cedar, Oklahoma.
This is in the Ouachita Mountains, in a site very much like that surrounding David's ranch. Its moment of fame came when President John F. Kennedy visited to open the Talimena Trail scenic highway. It very well could have been the "For the Birds Cafe" where David insisted certain folks meet them for coffee.
And of course, any reference to President Kennedy leads me to Senator Robert S. Kerr, a moving force in this part of the world (and in the entire United States) for many years. His house
is now a Bed and Breakfast Inn and Conference Center owned by the State Regents for Higher Education (a gift from the Kerr family, not a purchase) and a training ground for the Hotel and Restaurant Management program from nearby Carl Albert State College.
FROM MY BACKLIST:
IN NAME ONLY
1987 - Berkley Second Chance w/a Mary Modean
Waldenbooks List of Best Sellers
Affaire de Coeur Rated 5