Family Affair [NOOK Book]

Overview

Rediscover the joy of #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber's delightful tale of unexpected love, second chances, and a cat named Dog.

Lacey Lancaster has always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she decides it's time to lay low for a while in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.

Everything would be wonderful, except for her utterly impossible neighbor ...

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Family Affair

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Overview

Rediscover the joy of #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber's delightful tale of unexpected love, second chances, and a cat named Dog.

Lacey Lancaster has always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she decides it's time to lay low for a while in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.

Everything would be wonderful, except for her utterly impossible neighbor Jack Walker. When he's not arguing day and night with his girlfriend, begging her to move in with him, he's chasing down his cat named Dog, who seems determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances.

Then Lacey discovers the awful truth—Cleo is in the family way and Dog's to blame. She's furious that neither Jack nor his amorous animal seem too upset about the situation.

But Lacey learns that things are not quite as they seem. Jack's "girlfriend" is really his sister—and his intentions toward Lacey are very honorable. And though she's not quite sure about Dog, Lacey begins to discover the tender joy of falling in love all over again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062036377
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 34,136
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber has more than 100 million copies of her books in print, and her stories about home and family have a worldwide audience and have been translated into twenty-three languages. In addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller in fiction many times over, she also has an enormous following among knitters as the author of dozens of pattern and craft books. In 2008, she launched a branded line of knitting products through Leisure Arts, the company that publishes her knitting guides. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, have four children and nine grandchildren, and split their time between Washington State and Florida. This is Debbie’s second picture book co-authored with Mary Lou Carney; their first, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweaer . . . That Grandma Knit, was published in 2009.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    Disappointed

    There is nothing I hate more than ordering a book and finding out it is a reprint. I can't believe that they made this a hardcover. It is so tiny! I love Debbie Macomber but I feel completely ripped off.

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Should have read reviews before purchasing!!

    I couldn't believe it once I downloaded this book to my new Nook!! It REALLY is only 79 pages. What a rip off for 9.99. I want a refund also!!!!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    Disappointed in the length of the book for the price I paid.

    What a rip-off! I will never buy a book before release ever again! I want a refund.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Not Worth the Money

    This book was a short story not a full length novel. It was not worth the high price!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    Very disappointed.

    I enjoy reading Debbie Macomber but 9.99 for 79 pages. Nook needs to credit anyone who bought this book and they need to include the number of pages in book info.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    Good story.

    Was very disappointed by the length of the book. Paid way to much for Nook version.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Not worth the money

    I am VERY disappointed I spent ten dollars on a book that took me less than an hour to read and that I didn't find out until after I purchased the book that it isn't even a new story. It was originally published some time ago. It was a cute story but NOT worth the price I paid for it. I think the people at the publishing company should be ashamed of themselves for overcharging on an old story and extremely quick read just because the author is a good sell.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Disappointed

    I love her books by I was so disappointed that is was only 79 pages and I paid $9.99 for it. I normally don't mind paying that much for her books but not for 79 pages!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

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    This is a fun throwback contemporary romance

    In San Francisco, Lacey Lancaster knows she is in the midst of a self pitying and self cursing fit for being a coward afraid to tell her boss Mr. "take credit for her designs" Sullivan she deserved a raise and accolades. Her listener is her Abyssinian cat Cleo who understands abandonment as her two siblings were bought two weeks before Lacy saw her look pitiful in the pet shop window. Unlike her cheating lying ex Peter, she knows Cleo would not hurt her. Still though her dream of a family is temporarily shattered, Lacey, thanks to her feline friend, remains hopeful that one day she will meet her mate, an honest soul.

    The other irritants making her life miserable are the man in the next door apartment Jack Walker and his rogue womanizing cat Dog. Jack drives Lacey crazy with his non-stop insistent raging at his beautiful girlfriend; demanding she move in with him. His beast is the neighborhood's worst womanizer trying to get into Cleo's purr. When Lacey realizes Cleo is off her feed, she learns why. Her cat is carrying and the absentee dad lives next door. Lacey goes next door confronting Jack and Dog; both listen with exasperating male bonding grins. Confusing Lacey further is when she learns who his girlfriend Sarah is and what their fighting like cats and dogs is about.

    This is a fun throwback contemporary romance in which boy meets girl; girl dislikes boy; girl and boy fall in love. The entertaining novella stars two delightful protagonists supported by their cats and Sarah as love is in the San Francisco air.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2011

    Thanks.....

    Because of all the NEGATIVE feedback....I will NOT purchase this book!!! And I usually LOVE her books! But it seems this one is not woth thr price!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Very DISAPPOINTED

    This book was only 79 pages and they charged 9.99 plus tax. The story was a an ok short story but not worth the price.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    Very Disappointed!!

    This eBook is almost $10. I can tell by the reviews it got that everyone was as surprised as I was at how short it was. Personally, for someone who reads as much as I do it was a rip off and will definitely be more careful in the future. The Nook is supposed to be saving us money or so I thought. I think B&N should list the number of pages before a person has to buy it. I have never seen any of this author's books this short. Based on the reviews I read I think everyone agrees.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    Not Recommended

    I can't believe this is a Debbie Macomber book!!! I was very disappointed with how short this story was and the price I paid for it. It was so unlike her!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Disappointing for Sure!!!!!

    Short story at best in a Hard Cover disguise!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Too much money for such a short book.

    The 9.99 price was way too much for 70 some pages.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    Rip-off

    What a rip-off! $9.99 for 79 pages! I expected a decent length read!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Good but not worth the money

    I am a fan of Debbie Macomber and I liked the sample pages. I agreed to purchase/buy and then, there were only 79 pages in the book. The story was good but it was the worst $9.99 that I have ever spent. If I had known that it was only 79 pages, I would not have agreed to the price. I would have waited until I could check it out at the public library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Dissappointed

    I was so excited thinking this was the next "New" book from Debbie Macomber. When I purchased, I immediately started to read. Couldnt believe the price I paid for such a short story. This story could certainly been stretched into a much longer version for this price. It's the first time I was truely disappointed in anything I got of Debbie Macombers. Such a waste.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    'Don't bother

    The story line was just ok.....not a lot of meat to the story. I will never buy an ebook again without checking reader reviews. I love Debbie Macomber but will be wary before buying another of her books. The price was extremely high for a book only 79 pages. Ridiculous!!!!
    So if you want to spend ten dollars for a book you can read in a couple of hours.....thi is the book for you!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Disappointed

    No where in the preview does it say you are paying $9.99 for a 79 page story. On top of the price, the story was very choppy and haphazardly edited. I don't know if the fault lies with Barnes & Noble or if Debbie Macomber is getting greedy but, this whole book left a bad taste in my mouth.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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