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It Happened on Maple Street [NOOK Book]


The quintessential small-town girl with her nose in a book, Tara Gumser had never been kissed when she met Tim Barney on her first day in college. Tara fell hard and fast for the hunky tennis ace, and she dreamed of sharing the rest of her life with him. And while Tim was wild for this gifted young woman who was certain of one destiny--to pen her own Harlequin romances some day--he wasn't quite as ready to commit as young Tara.

It was another man's hand who shattered her trust...

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It Happened on Maple Street

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The quintessential small-town girl with her nose in a book, Tara Gumser had never been kissed when she met Tim Barney on her first day in college. Tara fell hard and fast for the hunky tennis ace, and she dreamed of sharing the rest of her life with him. And while Tim was wild for this gifted young woman who was certain of one destiny--to pen her own Harlequin romances some day--he wasn't quite as ready to commit as young Tara.

It was another man's hand who shattered her trust and stole her saved innocence on one fateful night. And yet another man she lay cold beside in a loveless marriage-of-convenience bed. Yes, bad things happened after Tara broke up with Tim. Very bad things that she hid between the pages of the romance novels she would become famous for writing as 'Tara Taylor Quinn.' These were stories of love triumphant, and yet Tara's own sad marriage had finally come to an end.

But when an e-mail message from Tim Barney suddenly upends her world, the past is brought into shocking focus. Does she remember him--the guy from college whose heart she broke? He's never forgotten her.

Plunged into a plot twist beyond her own imaginings, Tara has to discover if love can be as real as the kind she writes about. Is it possible that after years of emotional isolation, this best-selling author may finally embrace a happily-ever-after of her own?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757391842
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/11/2011
  • Series: True Vows
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 286
  • File size: 862 KB

Meet the Author

The author of more than 50 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara won the 2008 Reader's Choice Award, is a four time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, a multiple finalist for the Reviewer's Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award, the Holt Medallion and appears regularly on the Waldenbooks bestsellers list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning. When she's not writing or fulfilling speaking engagements, Tara loves to travel with her husband, stopping wherever the spirit takes them. They've been spotted in casinos and quaint little small town antique shops all across the country. Visit the author at

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    A true story of love and what it took to get there

    Once upon a time in a city in Ohio there was a princess who knew what she wanted to be when she grew up, a writer for Harlequin and knew that she had in her future her own Harlequin hero. Real life unfortunately sometimes mirrors romance novels especially the one's where the heroine has to get through some tough times before she gets her Happy Ever After and go through several toads before she gets her prince. Once upon a time in a small town in Ohio there lived a prince who didn't know he was a prince until he met the princess and he and the princess lived happily until life intervened and their youth got in the way of communicating their true feelings.
    Meet Tara and Tim both totally in love with each other at the ripe old age of 18, an age that's hard enough to figure out who you are without the added pressure of figuring out the supposed love of your life add that to complicated emotions and conflicting feelings and it doesn't matter that "It Happened on Maple Street".
    Tara Taylor Quinn tells us her own heart wrenching story in It Happened on Maple Street, she tells it with an honesty that had to be frightening to let us into her sanctum and see inside her heart and soul. She and Tim tell the story in their own voices which makes the tale so much more personal for me and I know it will for you too. She tells us the painful truths about her past for the first time ever on the pages of this book and she does it with the grace we've come to expect from Tara Taylor Quinn mixed with the vulnerability and uncertainty of Tara Gumser. It's a story of love, loss, pain and redemption, it's a coming of age story that combines raging hormones and frenzied emotions with culpability and consequence. And finally and happily it's a story about how true love is without bounds, without bonds and is limitless and timeless, it proves that true love does conquer all. The romance is real as real as the characters, it's hard to read but when you consider that it was harder to live you'll give in and read it from cover to cover. The love scenes are sometimes innocent and sometimes very sensual and will bring to mind our own confusion at that time of our lives. There are also scenes that are carnal without love and those are criminal and beastly and unfathomable but also imperative to the story and must be read.
    I have been a fan of Tara Taylor Quinn for years, I recall her Ivory Nation and Chapman Files series and wondered how she got so in tuned with her characters, now I have my answer, you have to know pain to write it well and she does. But she also gets strength and hope and I get that too because she also lives that. This is an intense novel, should not be taken lightly and should be read by any aged woman from teenaged on. Yes I've been a fan of Tara Taylor Quinn for years and now I'm also a fan of Tara Gumser and a big fan of Tim Barney.
    Ms. Taylor/Gumser, thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting your very soul into this amazing, frightening and very "True Vows" novel. Please visit Tara's website here.
    Now a word about True Vows brought to you by HCI books the publishers of The Chicken Soup books is a series of true love stories authored by some of our favorite authors, see their website here.

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    Posted June 18, 2011

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