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The Talk of the Town

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Set in 1933, "this delightfully steamy read speaks right to the heart of romance lovers" (Publishers Weekly) ...

Luke Bauer is an ex-con, a man Roxie Mitchell has been warned to avoid. Yet she hires him, daring to offer him a second chance even as gossip mushrooms in the small Missouri town to which they each have recently returned.

Roxie has to admit that something more than compassion has compelled her to act. Luke is an underdog--and a man she finds hard to resist. She's his only friend--the woman he tries not to touch. But their their daily lunches, their growing bonds, have not been ignored by friend or by foe. Soon they will both be tested. And soon they will have to make a choice between the passion they can no longer deny and the town that will neither forgive nor forget.

Set in in a a time of terrible hardship, uncommon strength and dreams of a better day, The Talk of the Town is the first in a series of books set in the Depression era and named for popular period songs.

"A beautiful romance that echoes with a fresh and poignantly moving voice" Mary Ellen Dennis, author of The Landlord's Black-Eyed Daughter

"Fran Baker knows how to generate heat and humor" Deborah Smith, NYT bestselling author, on Romeo, Romeo

"An enduring love story written against a background of war" Publishers Weekly on Once A Warrior by Fran Baker

"A warm, wonderful knockout of a book" NYT bestselling author Julie Garwood on The Lady and the Champ


Fran Baker is the bestselling author of 15 (soon to be 16) contemporary and historical romances. She invites readers to visit her Amazon page as well as her website at


Used availability for Fran Baker's The Talk of the Town

Hardback Editions

September 2011 : USA Hardback

Title: The Talk of the Town (Daughters of the Great Depression)
Author(s): Fran Baker
ISBN: 1-4328-2539-9 / 978-1-4328-2539-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Five Star
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Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Talk of the Town (Daughters of the Great Depression)
Author(s): Fran Baker
Publisher: Delphi Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA