For All Their Lives [NOOK Book]

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“Her most haunting and passionate novel yet.” —Affaire de Coeur

From the beloved #1 bestselling sensation Fern Michaels, a haunting portrait of love and war—and the passionate woman swept into an epic journey of desire, heartbreak, and destiny.

Casey Adams, a dedicated nurse, loses her heart overseas to idealistic officer Mac Carlin, heir to an immense fortune. Then tragedy strikes. Believing that Casey has died in an explosion, Mac returns to ...

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Overview

“Her most haunting and passionate novel yet.” —Affaire de Coeur

From the beloved #1 bestselling sensation Fern Michaels, a haunting portrait of love and war—and the passionate woman swept into an epic journey of desire, heartbreak, and destiny.

Casey Adams, a dedicated nurse, loses her heart overseas to idealistic officer Mac Carlin, heir to an immense fortune. Then tragedy strikes. Believing that Casey has died in an explosion, Mac returns to San Francisco grief-stricken, to a life he never wanted. But Casey is still alive, keeping Mac in the dark after learning that he kept from her a shattering secret. Once home, Casey finds healing in the hands and heart of a brilliant plastic surgeon and forges ahead under a new name and with a new career. But fate charts a collision course for her and Mac, now a U.S. senator who doesn’t recognize the compelling TV producer getting under his skin. For Casey, this full-circle journey cannot be denied, no matter what. For only by reclaiming the woman she was and the life she lost can she embrace the magic of unexpected love.

Praise for Fern Michaels and Her Novels

“Heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender.” —Booklist on Return to Sender

“A big, rich book in every way….I think Fern Michaels has struck oil with this one.” —Patricia Matthews on Texas Rich

170,000 Words

The New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster Texas series has written her most haunting and passionate novel yet. During the Vietnam war, a beautiful French-American army nurse and an idealistic officer are swept up in a love affair which changes their lives forever. "A realistic, strong, and yet sensitive story."--Affaire de Coeur.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Michaels ( Vixen in Velvet ) provides an ample serving of schmaltz in this romantic potboiler linking a half-French, half-American army nurse and a wealthy idealist who volunteers for Vietnam to escape his power hungry father and icy wife. The lovers meet first before donning khakis, when Casey, who was raised in a French orphanage, inherits a house in San Francisco from the father she never knew. Mac has fled Alice, who is pregnant, though not with his child (he never told her he's sterile). He spends his last civilian days chasing Casey, neglecting to mention he's married. Later, in Vietnam, they squeeze an idyllic affair into moments snatched from bloody operating rooms and night maneuvers. Then a bomb blast disfigures Casey, who wakes from a coma to find she's been misidentified--and, worse still, misled by Mac. Claiming amnesia, she is shipped to the States for convalescence. Mac finishes his tour of duty awash in grief, then ascends to the Senate. At his side is a kinder, gentler Alice, now mother to a child with Down's syndrome. With Casey working in TV, Mac and she are bound to meet again. Michaels employs nearly every cliche of the romance genre: emotional orphans, buried lineage, switched identities. The result is more frenetic than satisfying, but should please this veteran paperback author's fans. Major ad/promo. (Nov.)
Melanie Duncan
The day after Ruby Blue graduated from high school, she turned her back on her abusive father and moved out on her own--into the spring of her life. In the summer of her life, she married a man she didn't love and bore him two children. When autumn came, Ruby separated from her husband and started a business to help keep her son in college. In winter, she faced the remaining portions of her life and her mortality on her own terms. Ruby Blue is a strong woman whose decisions throughout her life temper a steel backbone that allows her to bend and give without breaking. In unforgettable style, Ruby matures and comes to terms with her own flaws while desperately searching for someone who will love her as she is.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601830753
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 6,169
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels
Fern Michaels is the New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling quartet of contemporary novels Texas Rich, Texas Heat, Texas Fury, and Texas Sunrise, as well as the steamy books in the Captive series: Captive Passions, Captive Embraces, Captive Splendors, Captive Secrets, and Captive Innocence. She is also the author of Serendipity, Seasons of Her Life, To Have and to Hold, the Kentucky trilogy, and the Sisterhood series.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Very good.

    Very good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    Great Story!

    This was a book that explained a lot about the Vietnam War years and the nurses & doctors who played such an important role there. I did find it a little too long and Casey a little too fickle in her relationships. I especially liked the ending when I thought for sure she would end up with Max and a storybook ending. This was more realistic and surprising. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    For All Their Lives

    Fern Michaels' characters in this poignant story made me look back on the war in Vietnam and its' effect on our country and the people involved in that horrific war. Not only did the veterans who fought in the Vietnam war get enough credit, but the doctors and nurses were overlooked also. That in itself still leaves a bad taste for many people in my estimate. This story tells of friendships made, loves lost and the casualties of so many. The main characters, Mac Carlin, a West Point graduate, and Casey Adams, a nurse, come from different areas of the world, and of different backgrounds; they meet in San Francisco because of a snafu in Mac's military orders as he's headed off to Vietnam. They find themselves attracted to each other, but don't get the chance at the time to see where the attraction will lead. The story has many twists and turns; I couldn't put it down. I thought there would be some sort of a happy ending for these two, but it was as if they weren't meant for each other. Get your tissues ready for this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    I read this novel once a year

    This story about Casey and Mac is non-stop reading. Mac's discovery of background was heartbreaking, from mansion on hill to groundkeepers cottage and his awesome housekeeper. Something new in each chapter. Defintely a 'fog' catcher. I laughed and cried alot. Micheals really makes you feel all the emotions of her characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    great read!!!

    A good Fern Michaels.....fast read and great story.....couldn't put it down. Almost didn't buy because of a spoiler review...please stop with the long book reports and telling the ending....glad I still purchased.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Wonderful story.

    Best book by far by this author. Could not put it down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Amazing

    My husband was military and his father in the Viatnam war. This was an excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Book review

    This was so good j
    I haven cried sobbed and could not srop readding it the chacters were so real and the war and aftermath touched me to my soul thank you fern michaels you weaved such a novel jeannie
    Smith

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    For all Yheir FOR ALL THEIR LIVES

    Excellent reading!! Very moving,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Touches the heart

    this was a very good story. It was easy to read. Did'nt want to put it down. Plenty of romance and bravery.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    One book you should check out.

    This was a really good book. The kind you don't want to put down.In the first place Fern Michaels is my favorite author. I have bought so many of her books and intend to buy more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Love this book!!

    I was mesmerized while reading! The story line and the Vietnam war issue was very sad and real! I would recommend this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Great book, Highly recommend

    Really enjoyed this book, I am a Fern Michaels fan and love her books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Phoenixpelt

    Comes in and immediatly gets it ready position(and is in heat toms ;D)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Nightkit

    He gets angry. His pelt swirls turned red.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    To Duskfur

    -purrs- Yes, why? :)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    one of her best - keep it up Fern

    one of her best - keep it up Fern

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Striking

    What is yarrow and how do you think its used? (After this ill tell you where to go for a good list of herbs and uses)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Bloodpaw

    It expells poison from a wound

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    very good!

    enjoyed reading this book. made Vietnam war more real and the effect it had on so many lives.

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