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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786231010
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Delinsky
Barbara Delinsky
Barbara Delinsky started out her writing career creating novels for the category romance genre, partly under pseudonyms; but she has evolved into a name-brand all her own, praised by romance fans for the layered plotting and the complex characters on display in literally dozens of bestsellers.

Biography

Born Ruth Greenberg, and raised in suburban Boston, Barbara Delinsky worked as a sociology researcher in children's services and was a newspaper photographer and reporter before turning to fiction writing full-time. In point of fact, she never intended to pursue a literary career. But, in the early 1980s, a newspaper article profiling three women who successfully balanced home, family, and romance writing caught her attention. Intrigued, she spent months researching and writing her first novel. It sold -- and Delinsky was off and running.

Praised by critics and fans alike for her character driven studies of marriage, parenthood, and friendship, Delinsky is one of a small cadre of successful women writers (including Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown) who started out writing pseudonymous paperbacks for the category romance genre and muscled their way onto the bestseller lists with hardcover escapist fiction. Yet she is candid about the hard work involved and insists there's no tried-and-true formula that converts automatically to easy money. As if to prove her own point, Delinsky works from eight in the morning to about seven at night, writing in the office above the garage in her Newton, Massachusetts home; doing research; handling interviews; or -- her least favorite part of the job -- touring the country making author appearances.

Over the decades Delinsky has written dozens of novels that have landed on The New York Times bestseller list, including Twilight Whispers (1988), For My Daughters (1994), Three Wishes (1997), Flirting with Pete (2003), and Family Tree (2007). In 2001, she published her first nonfiction title, Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. A cancer survivor herself, she has earmarked all the profits from the sale of this book to benefit breast cancer research.

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When she isn't writing, one of Delinsky's favorite pastimes is kayaking.

She gets some of her best ideas in the shower. "It's a little harder to write ideas down there," she wrote to fans on her web site, "but I've been known to yell something out to my husband, who does it for me!"

The family cat, Chelsea, is named after her 1992 novel The Passions of Chelsea Kane.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Billie Douglass, Bonnie Drake; born Ruth Greenberg
    2. Hometown:
      Newton, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

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    Great Book. Loved it. Will read more by this talented author

    Great Book. Loved it. Will read more by this talented author

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Good summer read.

    Enjoyed the references to the Mayan culture and locations in Mexico. A great book to read when you just want to enjoy the possibility going to a place where everything is vastly different from your day-to-day life and find romance.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Enjoyed Enjoyed

    Good short read

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Great book!!

    Great love story! Theres a realness to this story that seems to just suck you in and will keep you wanting more .. well worth the $3 !

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Great

    Really enjoyed the story!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Barbara knocks it out of the park yet again

    Great story worth the read it doesn't drag and movrs along

    Nookfanatic

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Light entertaining read

    I enjoy Barbara Delinsky books, good characters, good plot, light easy read. If you like this author, you will not be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    PS--Easy & fun read

    Enjoyable characters and fun plot. While this storyline may be predictible, that does not detract from Delinsky's ability to tell the tale. If I had to hazard a guess, I would believe this to be one of her early works. Fun for wha it is.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I have always loved Barbara Delinsky's books. She grabs you on the first page and never lets you go.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Me i know

    P.s.161

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Good read

    Good characters, nice romance,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Great read

    Great story and interesting facts about the Mayans.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    ***

    Nice story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    4 star

    Very good read Have always enjoyed her books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Ok

    Has a good plot.

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

    Great read...

    Great read, climb into your favorite chair and just enjoy the story. May be predictable, but it's how Barbara writes that invites you to believe & care about her characters that has you wanting to keep turning to the last page.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Nice read ona rainy day.

    This wasnt the best of all her books. But i have read others and have enjoyed them all. So u cant go worngon anything she has written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Great short story.

    I really liked this book. I did not want it to end. I would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Excellent short story

    Love does come quickly sometimes, and whe it does you know it. This story shows that and some roadblocks can and will be overcomed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    The Vow

    Great book.

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