BY THE SEA, Book Two: AMANDA [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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BY THE SEA, Book Two: AMANDA

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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 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.


Also Available:
Book One: TESS
Book Three: LAURA
Book Four: THE HEIRS

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Editorial Reviews

Newport This Week Magazine
"The action moves along at a speed that makes it virtually impossible to put the book down. If I had had the time I could have read it non-stop, and I nearly did .... Here is a book to satisfy every sort of reader--those who crave fast action, Newport aficionados, and the romantics among us who love happy endings."
Soundings Magazine
"Sizzling [and] entertaining reading. The well-researched novel uses real people and places—such as the Vanderbilts and Dennis Conner—as a backdrop to the unfolding drama."
Providence Journal
"A quality, original [work]."
Rave Reviews
"A riveting saga/mystery. Ms. Stockenberg is a master of intrigue and romance ... she expertly leads readers through nearly a century of drama in the elegant, fascinating, and thrilling world of yacht racing [culminating in] a compelling mystery. This novel will provide smooth sailing for summer reading."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148686811
  • Publisher: Antoinette Stockenberg
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Series: BY THE SEA , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 4,606
  • File size: 575 KB

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling novelist Antoinette Stockenberg grew up wanting to 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 a dozen 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 Barbara Freethy, Nora Roberts, LaVyrle Spencer 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, many photos, and an enchanting Christmas section. www.antoinettestockenberg.com
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Fun and fast read!

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a witty and charming romance and completely different in tone from Book One, "Tess", which was a more serious look into the gap between rich and poor in nineteenth century America. Both books were great. Can't wait for Book Three.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book! Plot development kept me interested

    I really enjoyed this book! Plot development kept me interested -- in a hurry to reach the end, but not really wanting the book to end! Now am anxious to move on to Book Three! This author has won a fan! I first read Tidewater, and now have moved into the By the Sea series. Her collection of titles should keep me reading for quite some time!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    A surprise

    After reading Book One with its new last chapter, I wasn't sure what to expect with Book Two, Amanda. It turned out to be a very pleasant read. Lighthearted escapism with a good dash of humor. Now am curious about Book Three.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Very good book, second in the series

    This was an easy read love story and a pleasant read for the beach. I really enjoyed the give and take between Amanda and the hero, an Englishman who has to get used to our American ways of doing things. Waiting for Book Three!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    Great book!  Recommend Very Highly!!

    Great book!  Recommend Very Highly!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    I recommend the series-good read!

    Stockenberg hit it with this one-waiting for #4

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Enjoyable Read

    Wasn't sure what to expect, but was a good read. I also purchased the first book, and it is worth the read as well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    great read

    enchanting

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Enjoyed this part 2

    I have the first two books of By The Sea. Have not found books Three and Four. If someone can help me, please reply to review. I look forward to reading them all.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Enjoyed it

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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    Like Book One ("By the Sea, Tess"), I found the story

    Like Book One ("By the Sea, Tess"), I found the story overall enjoyable, but short. I liked it better than Book One......maybe because I knew what to expect, which was an intensive character description, with enough hook to make you want to know more about their story. It was somewhat predictable, but I still enjoyed the way the author intertwined the events of the day, as well as managed to touch on events that seemed to 'lightly' connect to the previous book. I'm used to her books being more complete, and not such an abrupt tease to the next book. The story is developed just enough to 'get into', only to wrap everything up "in the last five minutes". I want to see this series through, but now when I read Book Three, I'll have a better idea of what to expect (or not expect). Overall, it's a quick and enjoyable read. .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Highly Recommended - enjoying each one

    I'm really enjoying the By The Sea series. I started them on my Nook during the snow and power outage this winter. I really like reading a series and this is no exception.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Not Stockenberg's usual.

    I found Amanda to be a pain in the neck for her family and Geof, who is from England and looking for a rich bride. Why he would consider Amanda is a stretch for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Shorter than it looks

    I was rather irritated that the book abruptly ended on page 371 of 459. Nearly ninety pages of advertising at the end! Really excessive I'd say.
    The book was OK for a lighthearted read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Good Read

    Disappointed with Amanda Book Two. Tess Book One was so much more enjoyable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Fast read

    I read the first book in this series and thought it was great. However, something was lacking in this book. I really did not care for Amanda that much, maybe that was it. Anyway, I am looking forward to the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Disappointing

    I'm disappointed in this so-called series! I enjoyed the book on its own, but I can't figure out why it's a series, other than both stories take place in Westport. I've read 2 of the books now and really wanted the first to continue in the 2nd, which it did not. At the end of Amanda, the statement is made you can find out what happens to Amanda and Geoff through other characters in the next 2 books. After reading an excerpt of Book #3, I can't tell that it's any more true than it was after book #1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Good Summer Reading by the Sea

    A quick summer beach read. Waiting to see how characters in Book One and Two play out in remaining books in series.

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    Posted November 9, 2013

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