Lifeline Echoes

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Overview

Voices form a powerful connection. The day the earth rocked LA, Sandy Wheaton became a voice lifeline over the radio for trapped firefighter, "Mick." Less than twenty four hours later, she had fallen in love with him. Shattered when she learned that rescue came too late, she sought solace Wyoming, the home state he had loved. Now, seven years later, she's made a life there as the owner of a popular local bar. But her wounds are still fresh, and she longs to let go of the past and her lost love so she can begin ...
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Overview

Voices form a powerful connection. The day the earth rocked LA, Sandy Wheaton became a voice lifeline over the radio for trapped firefighter, "Mick." Less than twenty four hours later, she had fallen in love with him. Shattered when she learned that rescue came too late, she sought solace Wyoming, the home state he had loved. Now, seven years later, she's made a life there as the owner of a popular local bar. But her wounds are still fresh, and she longs to let go of the past and her lost love so she can begin living again. That opportunity presents itself when the local prodigal son returns home. The attraction between them is instant. It feels like she's known him far longer than just a few days.

Sixteen years ago, Ryan McGee left home in the midst of controversy. After living through a harrowing trauma, he finally returns home when his family needs his help through some troubling times. All he wants to do is make amends with those he hurt most and to get back to the life he'd never wanted to leave in the first place. When he meets the sexy bartender, he starts thinking interms of forever. But there's still someone out there he wants to find, someone who once believed in him and gave him hope.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461091134
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Kay Springsteen grew up in Michigan but transplanted to the south about 10 years ago and now resides in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her five small dogs. Two of her four children live nearby, a married son who has a daughter of his own, and one of her twins. The other twin lives just outside of USMC Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Her oldest daughter still resides in Michigan. When she's not writing, she is transcribing and editing medical reports. Besides being an avid reader, hobbies include photography, gardening, hiking and camping, and of course spending time with her terrific G-baby. She is a firm believer in happily ever after endings and believes there is one out there for everyone; it just may not be exactly what you expect or think you want.
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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    Loved it!

    I loved this book! It was so sad watching Sandy and Ryan struggling to let go of their past. It was interesting to see how previous events can affect one's future, even so many years later. I loved the flashbacks to the day Sandy spent on the radio with "Mick" as he waited for rescue. Ms. Springsteen fit them in perfectly and really showed the depth of Sandy's feelings, even though she spent less than twenty-four hours talking to him. I was surprised to learn of why Ryan had loft Orson's Folly. The reason made me like him even more.
    Lifeline Echoes is a must read for everyone! I highly recommend anything by Ms. Springsteen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

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    A great afternoon read!

    Review by Valerie:

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book but then I read the prologue and had goosebumps rising on my arms and after reading the very first chapter had tears in my eyes! Yes, it was a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

    Sandra (her nickname) works as a dispatcher. When a major earthquake hits the Los Angeles area, she's coming back on duty after a vacation. The world goes from quiet to chaotic immediately as calls start coming in. One of the calls pairs her with a voice with a hint of an accent. Over the next twenty three hours, Sandra and "Mick" talk about his likes/dislikes, what she wants to do with her life, and to lighten the mood they both throw in some playful banter. She wants their first date to be Italian food and he wants to run off and get married in Vegas. Several aftershocks later, he's no closer to getting rescued and she's resigned herself to the fact he's not going to make it out after all. When the silence finally does happen, she can't believe it. She makes a life altering decision to move to places he told her about and live for the moment.

    Ryan McGee left home under bad circumstances. His family and another local family are still at odds with each other, sixteen years later. When his brothers hints that he's needed at home, he decides to go for a short visit and see how things are. He finds out that things are still strained between the two families and that his personal relationships with his brother and dad need to be patched up before it's too late.

    When Sandra and Ryan bump into each other one fateful night, they are both lost souls. One is grieving for a love she lost and the other is grieving for a love he can't find. One is sad and the other feels abandoned. No matter how attracted they are to each other, they have so much baggage that it always feels like a third person is in their relationship.
    But, as it does, life goes on, especially in this small town. The local folk aren't taking too kindly to Ryan's return and Sandy is liked but still not considered a "local." Then, there's the trouble on the family ranch that no one wants to talk about. The tension builds and the mysteries get deeper while these two try to work things out. Finally, when you get answers to all the burning questions and you know a happy ending is on the way, the unthinkable happens. No spoilers here!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Don't miss this one!

    'm usually a sucker for a book about the prodigal son/daughter returning home after years of being away and making good on things that went wrong years before. Or at least had been perceived to be wrong. This book is no exception. The author manages to draw you in immediately with the tragic situation that Sandy finds herself in. With little snippets throughout the book of that day that changed Sandy's life forever, you stay invested in the story both past and present.

    Ms. Springsteen seems to love writing about strong, dynamic woman and Sandy Wheaton fits the mold perfectly. Recovering from a tragedy that changes her life in ways big and small, she leaves her job and her old life behind, seeking peace in the beautiful state of Wyoming. Even though she is grieving, Sandy doesn't let life get the best of her. She starts over, creating a new life for herself in a new town and state, making new friends and with a new job. There are times she still thinks about the past and though she doesn't seem quite ready to move forward in certain ways, she has certainly overcome a lot of obstacles. Sandy is someone I would want to be friends with.

    And let's not forget about Ryan. Ryan is the sexy cowboy that every girl dreamed about when they were younger. (At least most of the girls that grew up in the country!) He is mysterious, protective and he is definitely manly. He stands up for what he believes in and what he knows is right, despite what anybody else thinks or says about it.

    One thing that was never really explained that I would have liked to see resolved, more for the sake of curiosity than anything else, was the name confusion. I won't say more than that so I don't give anything away but I would have liked to have seen it addressed at the end. And that, folks, is about the only thing I could possibly find to criticize about this book. I know that some people will think that falling in love with someone in twenty four hours isn't realistic but I knew from the first day that I saw my husband that I would someday marry him - so it is not impossible.

    This book draws you in right from the first paragraph and keeps you turning the pages all the way through. With lots of action, suspense, romance and sexual tension going on along the way, I loved these characters from the beginning and wanted to know what happened to them. The author does an excellent job in keeping you guessing on who the bad guy is until the very end and the story is wrapped up very nicely. The secondary characters are also very entertaining and there are a couple that I absolutely adored, including Ryan's dad.

    Ms. Springsteen has a new fan. I can't even say enough good things about this author or her books. I hope you take the time to check her out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Unforgettable and Heartwarming!

    Sandy Wheaton, mourning the loss of a man she fell in love with and agreed to marry in just under 24 hours seven years ago, commemorates the anniversary of his death, before she ever got to meet him in person, by taking a brisk ride on her horse into the mountains. Ryan McGee, remembering a lost love of his own, is finally coming home to Wyoming, to the life he loved and left 16 years ago, due to circumstances beyond his control. On a mountain road, he is awestruck by the apparition of a huge roan stallion rearing in the middle of the road, and his rider with the most amazing "Chicory" blue eyes he has ever seen. Sparks fly from that moment on, but both are hindered by pasts they can't seem to let go of. Not only that, but Ryan's return reignites a long-standing family feud between the McGees and McKays and trouble seems to follow Ryan everywhere he goes. The last thing he wants is for this trouble to touch Sandy, and he knows that associating with him would be the equivalent of painting a huge target on her back. Sensual and sexy without being erotic (no actual sex scenes), the sensual and emotional tension builds to almost excruciating levels. Kay Springsteen most definitely has a talent for letting her readers know what her characters are thinking and feeling, without having to be raunchy about it. You have to love the hero and heroine, and love to hate the villains. The characters and personalities of the secondary characters are no less well thought out and written than the main characters. Many of these characters deserve stories of their own, and I, for one, would be the first to welcome such stories.

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