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Welcome to one of Kathryn Shay’s high school dramas. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them!

“With a cast of memorable characters interacting on a myriad of levels from friendship to love, Ms. Shay has penned a fascinating and emotionally gripping story.” RT Book Reviews 4 ½ Top Pick

On her fortieth birthday, Zoe Caufield...
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Overview

Welcome to one of Kathryn Shay’s high school dramas. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them!

“With a cast of memorable characters interacting on a myriad of levels from friendship to love, Ms. Shay has penned a fascinating and emotionally gripping story.” RT Book Reviews 4 ½ Top Pick

On her fortieth birthday, Zoe Caufield is expecting a marriage proposal but instead gets the news that Kurt Lansing, the love of her life, is going back to his ex-wife. Months later, Kurt is back in Bayview Heights. The reconciliation didn’t work, and he broke Zoe’s heart for nothing. But when he starts a clinic in town and Zoe’s students will be working there for their community service requirement, she’s once again drawn to him. But lack of trust, protesting friends, and especially the students who love her, make their relationship impossible. Can anything bring these two people together? Emotional and heart-wrenching, the Bayview Heights trilogy ends with a winner.

“Shay’s heart-touching, sympathetic approach, powerful story-telling ability and depth of characterization of not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters, speak of first-hand knowledge of teens, challenges, and matters of the heart. Consequently, COUNT ON ME comes very highly recommended.” Word Weaving

“Ms. Shay doesn’t disappoint with this one. I can’t say enough about this author—pure perfection!” Old Book Barn Gazette

“COUNT ON ME is a powerful story not only about the restoration of love but also about the relationships between teachers and students. This story will open your eyes and your heart and I highly recommend it to you.” A Reader
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“Shay’s heart-touching, sympathetic approach, powerful story-telling ability and depth of characterization of not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters, speak of first-hand knowledge of teens, challenges, and matters of the heart. Consequently, COUNT ON ME comes very highly recommended.” Word Weaving
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373709762
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Series: Harlequin Super Romance Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has published 48 romance novels with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises, 1 mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books and several self-published works. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, with thousands sold online. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    A man that hated to fail, a woman who was betrayed.........

    Setting: Bayview Heights, New York Today is Zoe's forty birthday, she feels like Cinderella about to meet her prince. She had been seeing Dr. Kurt Lansing for months now and the last time they had been together he had something he wanted to ask her on this special day. Instead of going straight to the hotel as planned she stopped by his office. While waiting for him to get out of a meeting, Zoe thought how much she was in love, but when the door opened, she saw Kurt in the arms of his ex-wife she knew her life was about to change and never be the same. Kurt made the biggest mistake of his life one year ago, when he agreed with his ex-wife Elizabeth to try a reconciliation. Everyone had warned him she was a shrew and hadn't changed, even his older brother. He had given up the love of his live, Zoe and for what? Because he hated to fail at anything including a marriage with his childhood sweetheart and to help his daughter through a difficult senior year. Now he was going to be living in Zoe's hometown, Bayview Heights, opening a teen clinic. He knew there would be no second chance at happiness with Zoe, she had moved on with her life and he couldn't bear to hurt her again. Kurt was going to have to face a lot of hostility not only from Zoe but his family, their friends and her students. Zoe wasn't prepared for Kurt to reenter her life, she had just began to feel good about herself again. She had a wonderful summer in Paris and now it was time for her to get back to teaching science to At Risk kids at Bayview Heights High School. But Kurt had no choice, he was committed to opening his clinic with the help of Zoe's volunteer students and she wouldn't be able to avoid him because she would have to supervise them, then have weekly meetings with Kurt. COUNT ON ME is a story about people that make wrong choices in life and how it effect not only one person but sometimes can have a rippling effect on the people around you. Ms. Shay has written a character driven book of people in the town of Bayview Heights from the doctor, teachers, principal, parents, students, school board and so many more that make a town. The daily pressure and struggles of Zoe's students, how the parents, school and community help them deal is real and refreshing to read. Zoe is a great heroine that even when life handed her a raw deal she didn't remain emotional stagna but moved on with her life. Kurt was not a loved hero at the beginning but with patients on both the part of Zoe and the reader Kurt was a worthy hero we could count on. Ms. Shay is a new author to me and one I will be watching for in the future, while waiting for her next book I will be catching up on her backlist.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertaining relationship drama

    Dr. Kurt Lansing thinks he is doing the right thing by reconciling with his wife Elizabeth though he knows he badly hurt Zoe Caufield. Still, he always loved Elizabeth and feels their return, as a couple is good for their college age daughter. Zoe feels betrayed. Three months later Kurt knows he made the biggest mistake of his life ignoring his love for Zoe for a dirt bag like Elizabeth. <P>Zoe has regained her equilibrium, but the townsfolk of Bayview Heights including Kurt¿s older brother have never forgiven him for hurting one of the town¿s most popular residents. Kurt returns home from his horrendous hiatus in Southampton to run the clinic where many of Zoe¿s students will work. Kurt knows Zoe hates him, but will do everything to insure he never hurts her again. Zoe is willing to work with him for the sake of her high school students even though she is not sure how she will cope. Still her loyal ¿chicks¿ feel a need to enact vengeance not aware of the danger they cause. <P> COUNT ON ME is an entertaining second chance at love tale that readers will enjoy because of the richness of the cast, especially the lead couple. Kurt goes out of his way not to torment his beloved Zoe, who is wiser and stronger than he realizes. The secondary characters not only propel the story line forward, but also add tremendous depth to Kathryn Shay¿s return to Bayview High. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Highly Reccomend

    Nice Series -

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