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On Lavender Lane (Shelter Bay Series #3)

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Former Navy SEAL Lucas Chaffee is settling back into civilian life, refurbishing a farmhouse for an old friend who plans to turn it into a culinary school. Celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand has been publicly humiliated by a philandering husband. So Madeline jumps at the chance to return to Shelter Bay to recover and help her grandmother turn the family farm into a new business.

Little does she know that the man who broke her heart years ago is already on the job-or that he's ...

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Overview

Former Navy SEAL Lucas Chaffee is settling back into civilian life, refurbishing a farmhouse for an old friend who plans to turn it into a culinary school. Celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand has been publicly humiliated by a philandering husband. So Madeline jumps at the chance to return to Shelter Bay to recover and help her grandmother turn the family farm into a new business.

Little does she know that the man who broke her heart years ago is already on the job-or that he's going to cook up a recipe of passion, patience, and perseverance to win her over.

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Publishers Weekly
This tear-jerking tale of a commitment-shy professional cook learning to love a former Navy SEAL in idyllic rural Oregon, the third in Ross’s Shelter Bay series (after One Summer and The Homecoming), may ring familiar bells for readers of Christina Skye’s A Home by the Sea, but Ross’s concern with social issues like spousal abuse and post-traumatic stress broadens this savory romance into more substantial literary fare. Madeline Durand is a dedicated hands-on devotee of organic food and down-home recipes produced with passion and soul. As a teenager, Maddy had an awful falling-out with delectably hunky Lucas Chaffee, but when the two reconnect as adults, his determination to marry her gradually gets her off the treadmill she’d been on and into a knee-weakening burst of lust. The busybodies of Shelter Bay are more than happy to support the two as they slowly make their way toward happiness. Agent: Writers House. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Fleeing the limelight after her faithless husband's sex video goes viral during one of her cooking demos, celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand heads to sleepy Shelter Bay and becomes involved in helping her grandmother Sofia De Luca turn the family farm into a restaurant. It's a healing situation made to order for Maddy. When Sofia talks Navy SEAL medic Lucas Chaffee into becoming part of the project, the dynamics change, as Lucas and Maddy are forced to deal with their once romantic past in order to get on with their lives. Naturally, everyone in town has plenty of opinions. VERDICT Cooking, romance, and a warm, inviting setting work their delectable magic in this tender charmer that introduces new characters (and some serious issues) and reprises previous series players. Ross (One Summer) lives in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235435
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Shelter Bay Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 218,357
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    a reissue?

    As I read this book I recognized that I had already read this book before so I was disappointed that it was a reissue. I did not recognize the title so was assuming that the book was new.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    Reviewed by Aubrey Review originally posted at Romancing the Boo

    Reviewed by Aubrey
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    On Lavender Lane is the third novel in JoAnn Ross’ Shelter Bay series. It is set in a small coastal town in Oregon. Everyone knows each other and they take care of each other. I would love to live in this small seaside town.

    JoAnn Ross is one of those authors that somehow is able to make each novel in a series better than the next. Once I was done reading the latest addition to the series I wondered how she would be able to top On Lavender Lane. Her novels are always very intricate with many twists and turns. She does a fantastic job at setting characters for future novels. I finish one of her novels and become super excited to read the next because I want to read what happens to all her characters.

    I love second chance stories because we all have someone that we wished didn’t get away. Maddy and Lucas are one of those couples that had a relationship way too young and they didn’t know quite how to handle it. Now years later they are both back in Shelter Bay after being away for years. The big question of the novel is whether or not Maddy can let her guard down and fall in love with Lucas all over again.

    Lucas and Maddy both have had a series of things happen to them in the years they were apart. You have to read to find out if it helps their reunion or not.

    I loved catching up with the other characters from the previous two books in the series. The family feel of the novels makes you feel like you are returning to a well loved vacation spot or to grandma’s house. You want to find out how the characters are doing and to see how they relate with the hero and heroine of the current book.

    Maddy is a well loved darling of Shelter Bay. Lucas is a retired Navy SEAL who forges a new career path. Their love story is sweet and fairytale like. I was jealous of Maddy in that she left an awful husband to reunite with a real hero who quickly becomes her personal hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    First love

    First love always come through. Lucas was very determined to get Maddy back and determintion won. First love is something no matter what can you turn your back on. Home, first love will alwayswin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Sweetkit

    I need a clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Swiftpaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Lavender

    U found it. Go to esirnus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Cooks would like

    Lot of food going on here.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Not what I was hoping for...

    I had looked forward to this series after reading Ross's High Risk Series. Unfortunately, after the first book I haven't really been drawn into the stories of Shelter Bay. I felt like this one was really lacking in character development and connection. I have the next book and find it hard to stop a series once I've started; so I'll move on hoping for something more compelling.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

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    Wonderful Book!!

    I am loving this series..This is the story of formaer Navy Seal Lucas Chaffee and Celebrity TV Chef Madeline Durand..Highly reccommend this book..

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    great book

    Great book...

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    A easy loving read

    I have read all of the Shelter bay series and this one does not disappoint.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    Wonderful Read!

    I was lucky enough to win this book and couldn't wait to read it. After I started it I wish I held back and waited until I read the first two books in the series. Ross did such a good job of bring me into her world that I felt a little lost without reading from book one. Now saying that guess what I'm going to be getting! Sometimes old love can be a new love again and Ross proved that perfectly in Lavender Lane. I enjoyed how she balanced the past with the present. I also enjoyed both Madeline and Lucas and wanted to know their stories. I also liked how she left you wanting more. This is a must read book. The only negative I had about the book was that it left me feeling...hungry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    WHY?

    Why come up with two incredible characters if your going to talk about design project. Its like someone telling you about an interesting fight scene and also desribing the color of the floor and walls. Really? This story needs to told again.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

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    Not really sure

    I am a big fan of JoAnn Ross, but for some reason I stop reading this book not even halfway through it. I do not know what it is about this book but I can not get into it. I will finish reading it one day because I brought it and I just can not believe that I will not start to like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Too contrived

    The plot was great, but all the "green living" refrences were a
    little over the top. Almost felt like propoganda piece. I don' t read romance novels to develop social or environmental conciousness. It was like a mom trying to hide pureed spinach in brownies so her child eats veggies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Excellent

    Excellent read . . . hope she keeps writing Shelter Bay books.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Shelter Bay series book #3 lives up to expectations!

    Madeline Durand, a celebrity chef in her own right, is humiliated when videos of her husband having sex with someone else, goes on the internet while she's doing a public appearance. She goes back to her Grandmother's home to lick her wounds and find peace. Former Navy SEAL, Lucas Chaffee is also coming to grips with changes in his life.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    JoAnn Ross is one of my favorite authors. Her Shelter Bay Series is wonderful storytelling. I wouldn't miss her books for anything.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

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    Another Delightful Shelter Bay Story

    On Lavender Lane by JoAnn Ross delivers a wonderful and compelling story about giving love a second chance.

    Celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand perfect world was turned upside down when her husband’s sex video it the internet. She jumps at the chance to return to Shelter Bay to help her beloved grandmother start a new business on the family farm. Maddie doesn’t know it but the man who broke her heart many years ago has returned to Shelter bay.

    Former Navy Seal Lucas Chaffee at a loss on the direction his life is now going to go. He had planned on working on restoring old homes with his father but his father’s sudden passing has him struggling to find a new path for himself. Lucas is thrilled that Maddy has come back home and vows to not let this second chance with her slip through his fingers. He knows he has a hard sell to ever get her to forgive him for what he did many years ago. But a Seal never gives up and Lucas has lots of town folks on his team.

    Maddy and Lucas begin the process of getting to know each other as adults. They both realize the connection they had as teens is still there but more powerful. Will Maddy be able to forgive Lucas his youthful mistake and take a chance on a love of a lifetime?

    Each book in this Shelter Bay series is a keeper. Lucas and Maddy’s story is no exception. Their chemistry reach and powerful and their meetings just snap and sizzle. Love getting a chance with each book to reconnect with old friends from previous books. You will enjoy On Lavender Lane, it’s a top notch romantic story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

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