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A young widow from charming Shelter Rock Cove, Maine, Annie Galloway has finally found the strength to start a new life. All she needs is courage, and time. The last thing she needs is a handsome, charming next-door neighbor...
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A young widow from charming Shelter Rock Cove, Maine, Annie Galloway has finally found the strength to start a new life. All she needs is courage, and time. The last thing she needs is a handsome, charming next-door neighbor...
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A Soft Place to Fall is an unabashedly romantic, remarkably realistic, contemporary story of new beginnings, true love, and dreams come true. Annie Galloway had lived in Shelter Rock Cove, Maine, all her life, and that's where she'd settled after she married her childhood sweetheart. Though she'd been widowed young, she owned her own home (though she'd recently moved herself and her two cats into a tiny shorefront cottage) and was a respected, dedicated local business owner who worked hard to make her flower shop a success. In contrast, Sam Butler was a stranger, new in town, with a battered old car, an ill-behaved dog, a lease on an old house, and no sign of any job worth mentioning. The locals might find it hard to believe, but Annie and Sam had more in common than it seemed. They'd each been orphaned young and abandoned personal dreams for the sake of others. They'd both faced unexpected trials in lives most people around them envied. And they had both earned the friendship of Warren Bancroft, a wealthy local entrepreneur, who had decided it was time to bring two of his favorite people together. That's why Warren had brought down the price of Annie's cottage to a level she could afford, despite the crushing debts her husband had amassed before he died. And that's why he'd offered Sam the only other house on Annie's new street, after learning the ex–Wall Street wizard needed a safe haven while waiting to testify in an embezzlement case of staggering proportions. Warren figured that Annie and Sam deserved whatever happiness they could find -- but even he never anticipated the miracles they would share amid the heights of passion and drama that their newfound love inspired.
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To the tiny town of Shelter Rock Cove, Maine, Annie and Kevin Galloway seem to have the perfect marriage. But when Kevin dies suddenly, Annie is left with bittersweet memories, never-fulfilled dreams of children and artistic fame, and massive debt from Kevin's secret gambling addiction. In an attempt to clear the debt and make a fresh start, Annie sells the home she shared with Kevin and moves to a cheap beachfront cottage. There she finds herself powerfully attracted to her new neighbor. Once the rising star in a corrupt Wall Street firm, Sam Butler has secretly turned informant and is laying low until the federal investigation is complete. Even knowing that a trial and possible jail time are pending, Sam can't help pursuing Annie; despite heavy disapproval from Kevin's family, Annie can't help but respond. The two come together only to find that Annie's unexpected pregnancy and Sam's hidden past threaten to tear their love apart. The Wall Street details of Bretton's (At Last) story line are shaky, but she excels in her portrayal of the sometimes sweet, sometimes stifling ties of a small community. The town's tight network of loving, eccentric friends and family infuses the tale with a gently comic note that perfectly balances the darker dramas of the romance. (Nov. 6) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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[Bretton]excels in her portrayal of the sometimes sweet, sometimes stifling ties of a small community. The town's tight network of loving, eccentric friends and family infuses the tale with a gently comic note that perfectly balances the darker dramas of the romance.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Booklist - Patty Engelmann
Once again Bretton creates a tender love story about two people who, when they find something special, will go to any length to keep it. Patty Engelmann
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Amazon - Peter Jochinger
5 STARS ...a great read from beginning to end.
Amazon - Gator Fan
5 STARS . . . a great love story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587247262
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 489
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries.

Barbara has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette,among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others.

Her awards include both Reviewer's Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors.

Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful relationship drama

    When his much younger friend asked wealthy Warren Bancroft for a place to hide for a while, he arranges for investor Sam Butler to stay at Shelter Rock Cove, Maine. Warren also manipulated the staying at a nearby beach cottage of Annie Galloway. The widow struggles to regain her life ever since her spouse Kevin died leaving her with quite a debt and a loss of innocence. <P>Warren loves Sam and Annie and hopes by bringing these two deserving people together, a loving match will form. However, Kevin¿s mother Claudia refuses to allow Annie to move on feeling that would be an affront to the memory of her cherished son. She believes Sam cheated Annie with their real estate deal and is still interfering with her former daughter-in-law. As Sam and Annie begin to fall in love, Claudia is like a ghost from the past reminding Annie that Kevin was forever. <P>Barbara Bretton has written a powerful relationship drama loaded with angst and emotion as the past and the future clash within Annie with the catalyst being the key secondary characters causing the skirmishes that tear at her gut. The story line provides the audience with a poignant character study as readers travel deep into the souls of the lead couple and the support cast. Anyone who enjoys a passionate look inside the hearts and souls of the prime players will find A SOFT PLACE TO FALL a solid book to read. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    The best novel ever!!!

    This book rocks! This is one of the best book I've ever read. It would be so much better if they're going to put this on a movie. I just love this book. Reading is not my thing, but after reading this amazing novel I think I'm gonna be started reading a lot. The story is just so romantic, especially on the part where Annie and Sam first met, which happens to be at the parking lot. Since I get in that part of the story it started to get more interesting and i can't even put the book down. I would highly recomend this book to all of my friends.

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