By The Sea, Book One: Tess [NOOK Book]

Overview

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.

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By The Sea, Book One: Tess

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045335188
  • Publisher: Antoinette Stockenberg
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Series: BY THE SEA , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,510
  • File size: 332 KB

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. antoinettestockenberg.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved this book. Antoinette Stockenberg knows how to write gri

    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!

    20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Tess with a new ending

    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!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Excellent!

    Great characters! A real unexpected twist at the end. I am realky looking forward to the next book!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    Confused by this one

    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.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Really Good!

    This book tricked and shocked me! Loved it!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    LOVED IT. When will book 2 be released?

    LOVED IT. When will book 2 be released?

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Enjoyed this book

    Quick read. Likable characters. Looking forward to Book 2!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Wonderful Escapism

    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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    A story told well

    Nice. Easy read but still incorporates humanity's frailties and strengths.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Great book

    Awesome book, i look forward to the rest of the books! Also i must add i really enjoy this author!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Great book, not the typically sappy romance but still has love a

    Great book, not the typically sappy romance but still has love as a center point. looking forward to the 2nd book

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Love this Author

    She's done it again! As a born RoadIslander, I adore this author's work. Lookung forward to the other three

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Pretty good- Waiting for #4

    The series is really good-I am eagerly awaiting #4.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    delightful reading

    I enjoyed the story line and character development

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    recommended

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Wonderful story!  I can't wait for books 3&4!!

    Wonderful story!  I can't wait for books 3&4!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    great read

    If you love New England you'll love this book. Can't wait to read the next one.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Highly recommend

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    A page turner

    Enjoyed this book very much,

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Excellent book. One you won't want to put down.

    Excellent book. One you won't want to put down.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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