Chances Are [NOOK Book]



Who knew finding the love of your life would be the easy part?

Three weeks to the day after Maddy Bainbridge announced her engagement to Aidan O'Malley, she found herself stripped and held hostage in the bridal department of the Short Hills Saks in front of her family, her future in-laws, and a PBS research assistant named Crystal whose tattoos were outnumbered ...

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Chances Are

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Who knew finding the love of your life would be the easy part?

Three weeks to the day after Maddy Bainbridge announced her engagement to Aidan O'Malley, she found herself stripped and held hostage in the bridal department of the Short Hills Saks in front of her family, her future in-laws, and a PBS research assistant named Crystal whose tattoos were outnumbered only by her piercings.

Maddy is no bridezilla and Aidan is starting to talk about eloping, but they’re no match for their wedding-obsessed families.

The DiFalco and O’Malley clans are putting aside their differences to plan the wedding but long-buried family secrets (and a few brand-new ones) threaten to wreck the nuptials before the two lovers have a chance to walk down the aisle.

Everyone in Paradise Point agrees that Maddy and Aidan are a match made in Jersey Shore heaven, destined to enjoy the happily-ever-after ending that somehow eluded their families.

If they survive the wedding!

Alternately poignant and humorous, this contemporary romance gracefully illuminates life's highs and lows.
--Publishers Weekly

Bretton skillfully intertwines their stories with threads of emotions ranging from gentle humor to palpable angst.
--Shelley Mosley – Booklist

Bretton’s books are always magical.
--Jill M. Smith – RT Book Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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Fans of Shore Lights will welcome this sequel, a heartwarming story of dashed dreams and fresh starts that is set, once again, in a small town on the Jersey shore. Maddy Bainbridge, along with her five-year-old daughter, Hannah, has returned to Paradise Point after 15 years in Seattle and fallen in love with widower Aidan O'Malley. Their wedding seems the natural conclusion to a stress-free romance, but pre-wedding jitters are just the beginning. A documentary crew is filming in town, and nearly every future in-law seems to be acting strangely, including Aidan's daughter, the usually composed 17-year-old Kelly. As Maddy nears her wedding day, she must balance her intuition about what kind of help Kelly needs against her obligation to her future husband, and it's unclear whether family secrets, new and old, will torpedo their future happiness. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
In Bretton's fine follow-up to Shore Lights, firefighter and bar owner Aidan O'Malley and radio-show host Maddy (DiFalco) Bainbridge prepare for their upcoming nuptials in Paradise Point, N.J. Their pre-wedding jitters are magnified when PBS films a documentary on Jersey Shore towns and focuses on the O'Malley and DiFalco families, who settled Paradise Point and are now being joined in marriage. Maddy and Aidan are salt-of-the-earth characters, grounded in the realism of past disappointments and tragedy. Aidan raised his teenage daughter, Kelly, on his own, his young wife having died when Kelly was an infant. Maddy in turn lost her previous love when he broke off their relationship after she became pregnant with their young daughter, Hannah. The well-observed interactions between friends and family add depth. Claire, part owner of O'Malley's bar and widow of Aidan's philandering brother, Billy, must come to terms with her deceased husband's infidelity, especially when she remembers Billy's affair with Gina, Maddy's colorful cousin, who has secrets of her own. Kelly, however, may be keeping the biggest secret of all, and it could tear Maddy and Aidan apart. Alternately poignant and humorous, this contemporary romance gracefully illuminates life's highs and lows. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (Sept. 7) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045277457
  • Publisher: Barbara Bretton
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Series: Paradise Point , #2
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 109,170
  • File size: 417 KB

Meet the Author

Oh, how I hate bios! All of that deadly dull information about name (Barbara Bretton) and date of birth (June 25) and geographical data (born in New York City; lives near Princeton, NJ), marital status (many years married), and hobbies (who has time??). How do you gather up all of those dull, dry facts and turn them into something interesting?No wonder I tell lies for a living.I considered weaving a story for you about life on a houseboat on the French Riviera. Or maybe my years as a concubine, hidden away in a golden pleasure palace in the shimmering desert. Then I decided to do the unthinkable and tell you the truth.When I sold my first book and my life changed forever. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance!He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.A lot has happened to me in the years since that first sale. I've learned that this is a difficult and demanding business (it takes a tough writer to write a tender book) and that I am happiest when I am most ignorant. I've also learned that a good friend, a writer and pal who truly understands, is worth her weight in good reviews and royalty checks.I fell madly in love with Skye O'Malley in early 1982 and wrote an unabashedly gushy fan letter to our beloved Bertrice Small. By the time Sunny answered, I had joined the ranks of the published and Sunny became friend and mentor, guide and confidant. She has held my hand through broken dreams, disappointments, family illnesses, and accepted my bizarre need to go underground from time to time with great affection and understanding. Over the years I've come to understand the difference between the writer and her work, that loving the book doesn't guarantee that I will love the author. But what a joy it is when you discover that the author of a beloved favorite is even more wonderful and witty and wise than the characters she creates.So this bio is for you, Sunny, for being the best of friends during the worst of times and -- even more wonderful -- during the good times as well.And now for the statistics: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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Way too many characters

    Hard to keep track of all the people in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013


    It was good but not as good as the first. The story progressed very slowly with seemingly pointless things to fill it out. Enjoyed it, but thought it had more potential.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    solid contemporary sequel to SHORE LIGHTS

    In Jersey Shore town Paradise Point Maddy Bainbridge and Aidan O¿Malley are getting married. The twosome knows that they must also work extra hard to form a family unity that includes her five years old daughter Hannah and his seventeen years old daughter Gina. However, neither was prepared for the nuttiness of her family who are driving Maddy to think of eloping. All this lunacy is occurring in front of PBS as historical journalist Pete Lassiter is doing a series of shows on the town.--- However, Maddy learns a secret that Gina is hiding from her father. When she informs the teen that she must tell her father, Gina reacts by threatening to run off to New York to take care of business. Worried that the child will be all alone at a dark pivotal moment when she needs love and support, Maddy agrees to hide Gina¿s secret from her dad even though it costs her the trust of her beloved and potentially the relationship.--- CHANCES ARE overwhelmingly that Barbara Bretton¿s myriad of fans will appreciate this solid contemporary sequel to SHORE LIGHTS that continues the second chance at love story of two delightful protagonists. Gina¿s crisis is a fabulous subplot that strains the relationship of the lovebirds even as Maddy¿s family adds humor by sending the bride¿s blood pressure to the stratosphere with their demands and intercession on how the nuptials will play out. Ms. Bretton provides a fine return to the Jersey shore with this warm family drama.--- Harriet Klausner

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