By The Sea, Book One: Tess

By The Sea, Book One: Tess

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by Antoinette Stockenberg
     
 

In the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, BY THE SEA is a four-book series that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Gatsby Era's Roaring Twenties and then on to the Great Depression, culminating nearly a century later in Newport, Rhode Island, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea." Set against a backdrop of mansions, the glorious America's Cup

Overview

In the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, BY THE SEA is a four-book series that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Gatsby Era's Roaring Twenties and then on to the Great Depression, culminating nearly a century later in Newport, Rhode Island, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea." Set against a backdrop of mansions, the glorious America's Cup Yacht Races, and new money, the series traces the passions and adventures of three families from three different classes.

Book One: TESS. From the wild decadence of late nineteenth-century Newport comes the tale of Tess Moran, a beautiful Irish housemaid in one of the grand summer "cottages," who makes a dark bargain with a man of commanding wealth — and falls in love in the bargain.

Book Two: AMANDA. Marrying American money to an English title is a tradition of its own; but Amanda Fain, a brash heiress with money to burn, has a fondness for Bolsheviks and bootleg liquor that makes her an unlikely match for the reluctant, ironic, and impoverished English aristocrat Geoffrey Seton, who has been ordered to America to find someone who can pay the bills for the family estate back home.

Book Three: LAURA. While the Great Depression grinds relentlessly on, Laura Andersson, a Midwestern farm girl with an improbable love of the sea, embarks on a bold adventure that promises riches but delivers passion, one that threatens all she holds dear.

Book Four: THE HEIRS is the dramatic conclusion to the four-book series BY THE SEA. Economic hard times are a distant memory in high-flying, recent-day Newport, home of the oldest and most prestigious trophy in the world, the Holy Grail of sport--the America's Cup. Here, the descendants of Tess, Amanda and Laura play out their destinies, their paths crossing in unforeseen ways: Mavis Moran, Neil Powers, his daughter Quinta, and America's Cup skipper Alan Seton all find themselves caught in a web of mystery, sabotage, and conflicting desires.

"A quality novel [that] contains many of those little epiphanies, those moments of recognition. [Part 1, TESS,] is what makes Stockenberg's book stand out from the rash of novels on class conflicts between Irish servants and their Yankee masters."
—Providence Journal

"This was my first Antoinette Stockenberg novel. I read it not long after it was published ages ago, but her writing is so vivid I can still picture some of the scenes from the novel. This [was written] before the ghost or mystery plots were woven into her novels: it is purely a story of life and relationships. I have been a huge fan ever since."
—A reader

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045335188
Publisher:
Antoinette Stockenberg
Publication date:
09/30/2013
Series:
BY THE SEA , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
5,947
File size:
400 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling novelist Antoinette Stockenberg grew up wanting be a cowgirl and have her own horse (her great-grandfather bred horses for the carriage trade back in the old country), but the geography just didn't work out: there weren't many ranches in Chicago. Her other, more doable dream was to write books, and after stints as secretary, programmer, teacher, grad student, boatyard hand, office manager and magazine writer (in that order), she achieved that goal, writing over a dozen novels, several of them with paranormal elements. One of them is the RITA award-winning EMILY'S GHOST.

Stockenberg's books have been published in eleven languages and are often set in quaint New England harbor towns, always with a dose of humor. She writes about complex family relationships and the fallout that old, unearthed secrets can have on them. Sometimes there's an old murder. Sometimes there's an old ghost. Sometimes once-lovers find one another after half a lifetime apart.

Her work has been compared to writers as diverse as LaVyrle Spencer, Nora Roberts, and Mary Stewart by critics and authors alike, and her novels have appeared on bestseller lists in USA Today as well as the national bookstore chains. Her website features sample chapters, numerous reviews, and many photos. www.antoinettestockenberg.com

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BY THE SEA, Book One: TESS 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Antoinette Stockenberg knows how to write gripping stories with characters you truly care about. I can't wait for book 2. Great stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, kept me turning the pages. I read the updated version with the new last chapter 17, which the author posted on her website for those who bought the initial 16 chapter version. Definitely makes a big difference!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters! A real unexpected twist at the end. I am realky looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like books with historical references, you will find this interesting and a delightful read. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tricked and shocked me! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, not the typically sappy romance but still has love as a center point. looking forward to the 2nd book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She's done it again! As a born RoadIslander, I adore this author's work. Lookung forward to the other three
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is really good-I am eagerly awaiting #4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story line and character development
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story!  I can't wait for books 3&4!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this because it took me to a different time and place and I was totally immersed in a story that swept me along with it. I will definitely be interested in reading another book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice. Easy read but still incorporates humanity's frailties and strengths.
Joy_H More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT. When will book 2 be released?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read. Likable characters. Looking forward to Book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was ok. I felt that it didnt end very well. There was still stuff i felt needed to be told about Tess and her sister.
Shylurk More than 1 year ago
I have purchased, read, and thoroughly enjoyed every Antoinette Stockenberg e-book I've found at B&N, but I have to say this title/series is not up to the writing standards I've come to expect from the author. Another reviewer mentioned that this series was an earlier work from the author, and her own webpage states that this is true, but that she has so extensively redone the original work by turning it into this series that it bears little resemblance to the first. I can believe that this was written while the author was still learning her craft. It seems somehow amateurish. As historical novels, the series so far is a dud. It's supposed to be relationship driven as opposed to character or plot driven. Perhaps that's why there's very little character or plot development. I found the characters unsympathetic, their relationships superficial, and the plot non-existent. All of that is capped off by a cliffhanger ending which further adds to the general unsatisfying experience of reading this book. Incidentally, enough readers complained about the ending that Ms. Stockenberg has written and posted on her webpage an extra chapter to give closure. One would have expected that closure to be addressed in the second book of the series, but it is not. The second book in the series is equally unsatisfying. The first two books in the series have Americas Cup Race in NYC in common, but none of the characters from Tess, the first book, appear in Amanda, the second. Again, checking the author's website, one finds assurances that it will all come together by the final book in the series. Maybe I'll purchase the final two books in this series just to see if she pulls it off. Maybe I won't. Nothing in the first two books made me care how the series will end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love New England you'll love this book. Can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, i look forward to the rest of the books! Also i must add i really enjoy this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard people in hard times
pinkflowr39 More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. Its a series and I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and can't wait till the next one.
curbsidereader More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice page turner with some interesting characters and situations. Overall an enjoyable read. Dli Illinois
susiebAR More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors. This is a very fast book to read. I am looking forward to the next Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
192 nook pages. So well written and the characters are so well developed. An interesting look at the late 1800's. Look forward to the saga continuing. Thank you Author.
PoodlesCJ More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. It is a page turner.