Books by Barbara Freethy

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In Shelter Cove

In Shelter Cove is the latest in Barbara Freethy’s Angel’s Bay series. While I haven’t read the other books, this one captured my interest from the first and held it until the end. Brianna Kane and her young son Lucas moved to Angel’s Bay after her husband Derek was killed weeks before hi ...

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On Shadow Beach

"Do you want to know a secret?" has to be one of the scariest questions in the world. There is something dangerous about secrets, something frightening, and that fact can lend a lot of interest to a novel if handled correctly. On Shadow Beach is all about secrets. Those that can ...

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Played

This could have been an exciting mystery, but its dull execution made for a rather emotionless and methodical read. Christina Alberti is an expert in art history who specializes in gems and jewelry for an auction house in San Francisco. She’s in charge of a very valuable diamond necklace to be ...

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Golden Lies

Barbara Freethy's Golden Lies is an enjoyable mixture of romance and family saga. The story is enjoyable and the characters are likable; my only quibble was an over-reliance on coincidence. When Riley McAllister's grandmother finds out that an Antiques Roadshow type television show is filming near ...

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Summer Secrets

When they were girls, Kate, Ashley and Caroline McKenna made headlines with their father Duncan when they sailed around the world and won a prestigious race. The eight years since have been less successful for the McKenna family. Duncan is an alcoholic who lost the family boat. The youngest daughte ...

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Love Will Find a Way

What would you do if you had loved someone for years, someone whom you could never acknowledge. Then one day that person was no longer forbidden to you? That's the question that the main characters in this book have to answer. Forbidden desires, secrets and family ties are the heart of this story. ...

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Some Kind of Wonderful

I don't usually go for the baby books in the romance section of the bookstore, but I know that in the hands of a gifted storyteller, a plot that I normally do not like can be raised to another level. Ms. Freethy is just that, a gifted storyteller, but here her efforts are undermined by her main char ...

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Just the Way You Are

The most remarkable thing about this book is its choice of heroine. Nine years ago, Tessa MacGuire and Sam Tucker were high-school sweethearts certain they were destined to spend their lives together. But one Christmas when Tessa was away, Sam got drunk and allowed himself to be seduced by Tessa's ...

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Almost Home

Almost Home is a slower-paced romantic tale about two outsiders who find love and acceptance in each other's arms. It's a good choice for those of you needing a break from the non-stop adventure and/or mystery-filled reads so commonly found in the romance aisle. Katherine Whitfi ...

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The Sweetest Thing

Although The Sweetest Thing is a contemporary, it has a mystical element to it that gives it more dimension and depth than you'd normally expect to find. It's fundamentally the story of two people who want the same thing, but have no idea how to go about getting it. Throw in some equally confused re ...