Having devoted his life to the memory of his late wife, Big Gus Heinrich couldn't possibly acknowledge the woman he now loved. That would be a desecration to his wife's memory, a blemish to his own respectability. After all, small town propriety was absolute during the 1950's. Men were righteous, women were virtuous, and Heaven help those who didn't fit the mold. Having suffered the scorn of being a fatherless child in 1920s, Germany, Gus was mortified to discover that his own rebellious daughter was unwed and pregnant and would suffer as he had. Never could he let that happen. What was a father to do? His back against the wall, Gus paid his farm hand to marry the defiant girl. “Just be her legal husband for one year. That's all I ask.” With plans for a fine future, Charlie Barnes readily agreed. Gillian, the smoking hot chick of his dreams. How hard could it be to live with her for such a short time?
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