Friends--And Then Some [NOOK Book]

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One of acclaimed author Debbie Macomber’s classic novels, this tender story of two people daring to be more than “just friends” is available for the first time as an eBook.
 
Lily Morrissey knows exactly what she wants in a husband: a big bank account. Not that she’s greedy or shallow; she just needs the security for herself and her beloved grandmother. But husband-hunting is harder than she expected, especially with her best friend Jake ...
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Friends--And Then Some

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Overview

One of acclaimed author Debbie Macomber’s classic novels, this tender story of two people daring to be more than “just friends” is available for the first time as an eBook.
 
Lily Morrissey knows exactly what she wants in a husband: a big bank account. Not that she’s greedy or shallow; she just needs the security for herself and her beloved grandmother. But husband-hunting is harder than she expected, especially with her best friend Jake in the way. In fact, Jake—who would be perfect for her if he weren’t so committed to everything money can’t buy—is becoming downright distracting, with those jade eyes and that disarming grin.
 
All Jake wants is the freedom to sail his boat, write his stories, and live life on his own terms. Then his best friend tells him she’s going groom shopping. But Jake can’t imagine life without Lily or bear the thought of her in another man’s arms. How can a rootless guy living a no-strings existence and a woman looking for someone she can count on both get what they need? By letting their hearts choose love.

BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from Debbie Macomber's Last One Home and The Inn at Rose Harbor.
 
Praise for Debbie Macomber
 
“No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.”Chicago Tribune
 
“The reigning queen of women’s fiction.”The Sacramento Bee
 
“It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”BookPage

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781941824016
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Series: Debbie Macomber Classics
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 6,836
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber, the author of Starry Night, Rose Harbor in Bloom, The Inn at Rose Harbor, Starting Now, Angels at the Table, A Turn in the Road, 1105 Yakima Street, Hannah’s List, and Twenty Wishes, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Nine of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, with three debuting at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly lists. In 2009 and 2010, Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle were Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year. In 2013, Hallmark Channel produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove. She has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

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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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Wonderfully Debbie!

    What more can a person say about the warm, wonderful, personal stories written by Debbie Macomber? This novel will grab your attention and keep you deep into the story until you surprisingly have come to the end.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    I have read probably over 50 Debbie Macomber books and this is b

    I have read probably over 50 Debbie Macomber books and this is by far the worst.  It isn't even in her style of writing which makes me believe it was one of her first.
    Skip this one and try one of her Cedar Cove Series or Blossom Street.  Those are much better books.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Loved it!

    Zane, Lesley, Carl and Candy all need to learn what love is about. It has to do a lot with communication, which all of them need to do, as well as trust which both men need to really learn. But once you start reading you really can't put down.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    If you enjoy Debbie Macomber books, you will like this one too!

    Another good Debbie Macomber book. It was one of her early books, but still good!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Very good

    This author is always a good read

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Boring

    No interest no story had to force myself to finish. Short and not worth the money.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    This book is about a mercenary young woman who thinks marrying a

    This book is about a mercenary young woman who thinks marrying a rich man will be the answer to everything. Lily soon finds out that love is more important than money. You can sure tell that this is a very early Debbie book. It’s so naive in it’s simplicity, there’s no passion, but it is a cute story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Not up to snuff.

    I love Debbie's books, this one just wasn't as entertaing than others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 27, 2013

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    2 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    To below

    Do you know where any popular books are??

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    By Ms.Coil

    Loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Scared

    Ohkay so im kinda scared to read this book becuz ppl are sayin its bad but otherz r sayin itz good.....
    Guess i'll have to read it for myself....will let you know what i thought.
    -Boricua

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    GREAT PARTY AT .....

    HUNGER GAMES RES 2 GO HAVE SOME FUN EVERYONES GOING YEAH!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Louis

    Pronouce it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Ali to louis

    Hello. Im guessing itd looiss

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    If there's nothing better

    This is a very early Debbie Macomber book. Sort of inane. Really enjoyed her later books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Satisfactory, at best

    I guess this is not my kind of reading. I prefer something with a bit more texture. This book was short and no surprises at all. Cute but short on substance.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Must read

    This is a must read for any Debbie Macomber lover. She never disappoints.

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  • Posted March 23, 2014

    Lovely

    I enjoyed this romance novel, and I recommend it for a quick read.

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