A Charmed Place

A Charmed Place

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by Antoinette Stockenberg
     
 

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From USA TODAY bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg comes an original and wonderfully romantic story of star-crossed lovers who have been apart for twenty years and who rediscover one another in an idyllic coastal village on Cape Cod.

A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE. It's a deep, aching need for anyone whose heart has ever been broken. Maddie Regan and Dan

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From USA TODAY bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg comes an original and wonderfully romantic story of star-crossed lovers who have been apart for twenty years and who rediscover one another in an idyllic coastal village on Cape Cod.

A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE. It's a deep, aching need for anyone whose heart has ever been broken. Maddie Regan and Dan Hawke were college lovers who were compelled to go separate ways after a horrific event for which Dan was blamed. She settled down and raised a family; he roamed the planet as a war correspondent. But a near death experience brings Dan in search of the only woman he has ever loved. His plan to win Maddie is simple: take up residence in a lighthouse just a stone's throw from her family's summer home, and then make her fall back in love with him. He knows her family will object and suspects that her daughter might; but he refuses to believe that Maddie herself -- the woman who has haunted his dreams for two decades -- can be any less in love with him than he is with her.

It's not that simple for Maddie. She has a jealous ex-husband to deal with ... a feisty, resentful teenager ... a widowed mother unable to emerge from mourning ... and the ongoing heartbreak of her father's unsolved murder. Is it possible to throw all of that aside for the chance to be happy?

Editorial Reviews

Romance Communications - Laurel Main
"This wonderful plot gives the reader a love story about two people who had lost each other for 20 years ... and embroiders the tale with a mystery. What fun to read! Totally different, exciting, and new. Colorful and extremely visual descriptions make this book come to life; I could see the ocean and smell the salty sea air ... the story flows and is hard to put down ... it's a keeper, readers!"
Rendezvous Magazine
"A superb story."
Gothic Journal - Kristi Lyn Glass
"A CHARMED PLACE allows Stockenberg's considerable talents to truly shine ... almost perfect ... a well-rounded, believable, entertaining and moving romance [with] an intellectually challenging mystery... a real story about real people whom readers will care deeply about."
Gulf Coast Gulf Coast - Suzanne Barr
"Buy this book! A truly fantastic summer read!"
Writers Write
"A CHARMED PLACE is a captivating mixture of mystery and romance with characters that seem so real they jump off the pages. Stockenberg is adept at capturing family relationships and conveying a real sense of the characters' feelings and motivations. [This is] an intriguing and passionate tale that will have the reader longing to read her next novel."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013981751
Publisher:
Antoinette Stockenberg
Publication date:
02/22/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
19,428
File size:
459 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.

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Charmed Place 3.9 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 544 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. One thing you can count on with this author, she always delivers a truly satisfying read. I loved the hero, Dan Hawke, and who wouldn't? His love for Maddie has remained steadfast for twenty years. She has married, he hasn't. But she's divorced now, with a rebellious teenage daughter on her hands. When Dan returns to the Cape Cod town where he and Maddie first fell in love, it would seem to be easy sailing. But there are serious and believable complications that get in the way. All the characters in this novel are fully drawn and the coastal setting is wonderful. I want to live there!
jbuff1972 More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read love story with suspense, mystery, and a great ending. There are just a COUPLE of words used in sexual situations that I felt were "distasteful", but most others were carefully worded. (Don't get me wrong... I like to read romance. I just don't like crude language used in romantic situations.) Overall this was a great book. I purchased this book on my Nook, because it was only $.99. I didn't expect not to be able to put it down. I was never a reader until I picked up the Twilight series 3 years ago. Since then I have read over 30 books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having just gotten my NOOK for my 70th birthday I stumbled upon "A Charmed Place"! I found the review quite informative (I live in Massachussets and all the towns and sites were very familiar to me!) and was excited about getting an instant book to read! As I began reading, I was amazed that I could NOT put the book down and kept reading until wee hours of the morning! Now, that I have finished the book, I feel a void in my life!! Honest! Antoinette Stockenberg's characters come alive and deal with everyday happenings: happy and sad! I am looking forward to purchasing another book by this author!! Thank you, Barnes and Noble for the NOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this novel all 1000 pages.
TessaAnne More than 1 year ago
Loved it, good plot, I hate when I have the plot figured out in the first few pages, this one delivered. As far as the S&M in the first line, get over it, there is no S&M in this book so don't be afraid to enjoy reading it. The reviewer referred to a casual opening comment "He'd look perfect tied to my bedposts." and that is it. I don't think the sex scenes, which were brief to read, really added to the story. The final scene has so much romance in it, all without sex. I really love the high romance without emo and explicit sex. This author can do it! Don't sell out and keep up the great writing. I will read more by Ms. Stockenberg.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but would have been better without the explicit sexual scenes which really added nothing to the story.
ChaLee More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author, and it was fantastic. I will be reading all of her books! I quickly got into the storyline and kept reading and reading, but I was so disappointed when it was finished. It's really a "make you feel good" book and you just want to keep on reading about the characters and their lives. Even though there are family up's and down's, it still has a wonderfully romantic happiness involving the 2 main characters. Every romantic novel I've read that is set in Cape Cod is absolutely wonderful. I keep telling my husband, one of these days, we are going to visit Cape Cod!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend! Kept me reading late into the night. Great love story, with a mystery that kept me turning the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Good Read ! This is the first book I read by this author. I was looking for some new books (and authors) to read and found this. Once I started reading the story I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed all the characters. I will definitly be reading more of her books.
Skybird1941 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...could not put it down until the end. The story proceeds at a good pace, and the characters develop beautifully. I am so happy to have found a new author to love and read, and I'm excited about reading more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lent this book from my mother in law. This is not the normal book I would have read but I was sucked in immediately. It was a very easy 1000 pages. The most easy and quickest. This book remindes me of a great book for summer. A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend loaned this book to me and i was afraid I would not finish it in 2 weeks... its over 1,000 pages. I finishedit in 4 days. Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very nice romance between two adults - she a widow with a child, he a news correspondent having travel the world. Add a vacation summer home and a lighthouse, a young teenage daughter, and a past romantic relationship when they were young. I'm not usually a fan of romance, but this one is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truely enjoyed reading this book, so much that I read in about six hours. I was unable to put it down. It's a romance; a really good mystery and you're guessing to the end. I will read more by this author. Five stars because it has everything, murder, romance, mystery.
merwin More than 1 year ago
I am glad I found this series. It is a fun light read and escape for the lighter seasons of the the year. I have just ordered the third in the series. It fills the needs of the light hearted side of your personality and season. Read it, you'll like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will read everything written by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book hate that it ended
Coffee-lover More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and was surprised to find out who murdered Maddie's father. This book has a wonderful combination of long lost love, jealousy, murder and suspense. I will be reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, quick read. A predictable outcome, but fun characters and interactions on the way to the obvious conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first time reading this author and I would read more of her books. There were a lot of little things mentioned I was afraid would not be explained, but it all came together in the end. Not my usual genre book but was looking for a lighter read. kept my interest through out. The 'romance' parts where they get together were a bit lame and could have been left out or detailed better. Will check out more of her books. Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super read! Worth the time and way worth the money!!! I am truly enjoying ALL her books.....have read all available of hers in the past month and a half with my new NOOK! And would give them all 5*****.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The characters are so believable you feel like they are extended family. Some parts are laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Book-WomanRS More than 1 year ago
A pleasant surprise. Good story, fun characters. This author will br :on my list" to watch for. Enjoyed this book a great deal.
divaree More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put this book down. It was verr descriptive and intriguing. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Chilena27 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I've read by Antoinette Stockenberg and I loved it. It had suspense and romance and I can't wait to read more of Ms. Stockenberg's books.