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Lavyrle Spencer: A Great Romantic Author Review
Lavyrle Spencer, lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis with her husband of 36 years Dan. They live in a beautiful Victorian house. They were high school sweethearts. Dan is a retired estimator for a general contractor. LaVyrle’s hobbies include gardening, travel, gourmet cooking, entertaining, playing bass guitar and the electronic piano, photography, and observing nature.
In her thirties, she was working as a teacher’s aide at Osseo Junior High School. She started working on her first novel, The Fulfillment, and it was published in 1979. Her publisher mailed her a $2,500 advance. She was inspired to become a writer when she read the book The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodwiss.
Several of her books have been made into movies. Home Song, produced by CBS-TV, starring Lee Horsley, Polly Draper, and Deborah Raffin. Family Blessings, stars Lynda Carter, directed by Deborah Raffin and Nina Foch. The Fulfillment, a CBS-TV movie starring Cheryl Ladd, and Morning Glory, which Spencer wrote in 1989, was released as a major motion picture, starring Deborah Raffin and Christopher Reeve. LaVyrle and Dan appear as extras in the film.
Bitter Sweet (1990)
The Endearment (1982)
Family Blessings (1993)
Forsaking All Others (1982)
The Fullfillment (1979)
The Gamble (1987)
A Heart Speaks (1982)
The Hellion (1984)
Home Song (1994)
Morning Glory (1989)
November of the Heart (1993)
A Promise to Cherish (1983)
Separate Beds (1985)
Small Town Girl (1997)
Spring Fancy (1984)
Sweet Memories (1984)
That Camden Summer (1996)
Twice Loved (1984)
LaVyrle Spencer’s touching and emotionally charged new novel, a grief-stricken widower, Eddie Olczakr learns to open his heart again . Set in Browerville, Minnesota, 1950. Eddie is a devoted husband and father to his beloved wife, Krystyna, and their two daughters, and is the dedicated handyman for St. Joseph’s, the Catholic church. Eddie is sure his heart is broken forever, when a tragic accident cuts Krystyna’s life short.
Sister Regina is the girls’ teacher at St. Joseph’s school. She bristles under the constraints of the order because her religious vows prevent her from becoming too close to them, even in their time of need. She feels stiffled at the strict rules of the Benedictine sisterhood, which once gave her life a sense of meaning. Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak continue to cross paths. Deep inside, they realize there is a connection that goes beyond their shared love of Krystyna and the girls. Thrilled, but frightened–they must look within their hearts and make their own choices.
In distress over the loss of her husband, Maggie returns to her Wisconsin hometown after twenty-three years with her teenage daughter. She rekindles a romance with her high school sweetheart Eric. He is trapped in an unwanted marriage and is willing to risk the consequences of infidelity in his love for Maggie.
Bess and Michael Curran have nothing left to say to each other after a bitter divorce,, until their daughter, Lisa, makes a shocking announcement that forces the family to amend past mistakes and make a new beginning.
Fiery-tempered beauty Anna Reardon had only one chance to escape the shameful Boston street-urchin’s life. She becomes the mail-order bride of Karl Lindstrom, a kind and gentle man who has made a life for himself on the rough Minnesota frontier. Soon Karl discovers Anna’s true background, their subsequent love is threatened by a dark secret.
Widowed at 44 years old Lee Reston has raised three children and build a successful florist business. Her life is shattered, when her eldest son is killed in a motorcycle accident. Lee turns to his 30-year-old best friend, Chris Lallak for comfort. She encounters family disputes over their subsequent relationship.
In 1876 headstrong Sarah Merritt tracks her missing sister to the frontier town of Deadwood. She decides to stay and start her ambitious dream of a newspaper. Despite the warnings of Marshall Noah Campbell, her intentions are misunderstood. He arrests her, and she is less prepared for the effect he has on her heart.
Jonathan Gray fears that his marriage will remain childless. He asks his loving wife of seven years, Mary, and his younger brother and partner, Aaron, to conceive the baby that he and Mary cannot have. Mary embraces the infidelity that can bring her the child she has longed for after the tumultuous weekend when she awakens in Aaron’s arms.
In the late 1800s, Scott Gandy a southern gambler moves to Proffitt, Kansas, hoping to make a profitable living as a saloonkeeper. He soon becomes a target of the prohibition movement, led by the enchanting and volatile Agatha Downing, a prim and proper milliner. The innocence of a child opens their eyes and hearts to each other.
A Heart Speaks
Out of print and unavailable for years two-in-one volume. Featuring “Forsaking All Others,” in which a photographer learns to love again. The second is “A Promise to Cherish,” in which a woman grabs the wrong suitcase at the airport–and discovers Mr. Right in its owner.
Rachel is the pinnacle of elegance, social standing, and beauty. Her world turned on end, when most passionate flame of her youth steps into her life again. Tommy Lee of Russellville, Alabama is the all-time hellraiser, with three marriages behind him and a string of fast cars and women. The townsfolk say he will never change. Rachel knows differently, when he steals her heart. She vows, despite all predictions, to see him settle down.
The Longfellow poem that Spencer uses for the title of her new melodrama urges “my heart [to] stay at home.” But high-school principal Tom Gardner almost loses home and family because of a long-ago betrayal. When transfer student Kent Arens enrolls at Tom’s suburban St. Paul school, Tom realizes that Kent’s mother, Monica, is the college acquaintance he took to bed the night of his bachelor party in a brief rebellion against having to marry his pregnant girlfriend, Claire; Kent is the son the principal didn’t know he had. Tom delays telling English teacher Claire and children Robby, a senior, and Chelsea, a junior, this secret, until Kent and Chelsea appear to be attracted to one another. There’s a hothouse quality to this confrontation: the only major characters who don’t spend their time at the high school are Monica, a 3M engineer, and Tom’s wise-old-man father; Kent and Robby are rival candidates for homecoming king and bump shoulders on the football team; and Kent is a student in Claire’s honors English class. All the characters are such decent folk that it’s clear from the start their wounds will heal and they’ll find ways to forgive one another. Spencer’s latest is as simple but satisfying as the made-for-TV movie it may well become. A
Nursing two victims of a train robbery, Abigail McKenzie finds herself torn between a gentleman who is in every way the man of her ideals and the bandit who has stolen her heart. Reissue.
Elly had been an outsider all her life. Now she was all alone, with two little boys to raise, and a third child on the way. Will arrived in Whitney, Georgia, hoping to leave his lonely past behind. When he saw Elly’s classified–WANTED: A HUSBAND–and walked into her life, he knew he had left loneliness behind forever…