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Winner Takes All -- EPUB

  • When a forward-thinking woman and an ex-military man wager on match making schemes, their true love match can be the only outcome.
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Release Date:
May 1, 2009
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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Lily Henderson’s greatest passion is knowledge. Christopher Farnsworth thrives on order and decorum. But Lily’s penchant for Suffragette rallies and logical reasoning soon clash with Christopher’s quiet, controlled ex-military lifestyle over a bowl of potato soup.

The two agree to a wager and love is the intended outcome. The premise? A suitable match by Easter. If he loses, he’ll attend Easter church services dressed in one of his aunt’s outrageously colored and beaded gowns. If she loses, she’ll ride, Lady Godiva-style, around the heart of Indianapolis.

The problem is neither Christopher nor Lily can find matches as good as themselves. Romantic sabotage is the order of the day. The original wager is forgotten when the only thing the pair gamble with is their hearts.


"Interesting choice of consequence you picked." He shot a glance to her, fascinated that the blush still covered her cheeks. "Won't you be uncomfortable appearing in public without clothing? To say nothing of the attempt to ride in that state."

"I don't expect to lose." She bristled. "And what should I be uncomfortable or embarrassed about? There's nothing wrong with my body, except it might be a bit rounder than the current fashion, but the horse thing will be a problem. It might chafe a bit." She creased the fabric of her skirt in her fingers. "And I don't know how to ride. I spoke in the heat of the moment."

"Ah, then literary romanticism got the better of you." His chest tightened when she nodded. A faint smile curved her pink lips. His eyes roamed over the curve of her breast. He shifted to ease the tightening in his nether regions. Christopher fought to hold onto his initial dislike of her, but he admitted to himself he wouldn't mind seeing her curves bared. He swallowed -- hard. "Then my best advice to you would be not to lose the wager."

"I don't intend to."

"I didn't think so." He rolled his neck around to alleviate some of the strain. He desperately needed to change the subject before his mind could dwell any longer on Lily Henderson's body. "Sorry to force your hand last night. I sometimes forget I don't always know what's best for people."

She waved a pale hand in dismissal. "If it wasn't you, it would have been someone else. It's the stylish thing to do, you know. Find Lily a husband. It'll be all the rage through Europe before too long." She glanced out the window and sighed. "I sometimes wish I were a different person. I know my parents are frustrated with whom I turned out to be, but I can't help who I am."

Christopher hid his surprise at her admission. He thought she possessed an unshakeable wall of confidence. Didn't her choice of consequence show that? "And who would you be, a girl like Patience? That hardly seems worthwhile." He leaned back against the beam, puzzled at the almost embarrassed expression on her face.

Lily shrugged. "Someone who isn't a constant disappointment to everyone I meet."

He gazed at her, wondering what percolated behind her mask of intelligence and aloof, cold courage. Why did she feel the need to hide her real self? For that matter, what was her real persona? And why did he care to unearth it? "I'm sure you don't disappoint everyone."

Her laugh was forced and stilted. "You'd be surprised."

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  1. "... an absolute delight..." 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2013

    "Sandra Sookoo’s Winner Takes All, is an absolute delight. Her characters – and indeed the busy turn-of-the century Indiana, leap to life immediately. Sookoo’s word choice somehow evokes not on the mood of the times, but a turn-of-the century sort of elegance. The dialogue engages the reader from the first and presents to quirky, strong minded characters in an intimate light...

    Part of the joy of reading this story are the many minor surprises -– and realizing that not only do things Not go as Lily expects, but also not as the reader expects. I’ll give none of it away -- you'll have to read Winner Takes All.

    Sookoo’s delicate humor threads throughout this delightful romance. Pick up a copy of your own. You won't be disappointed."

    ~Snapdragon, Long and Short Reviews

  2. "Sandra Sookoo, is quickly becoming a favorite of mine..." 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2013

    " This is a story that had me laughing out loud...

    If you want a historical romance that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this is the one for you. Sandra Sookoo brings romance to life with her bold characters and great story lines. This is a sweet story that is worth reading over and over."

    ~ Tabatha, The Romance Studio

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