The Real Thing

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They were complete strangers searching for the same thing - solitude. But thanks to a matchmaking friend, Deirdre Joyce and Neil Hersey found themselves stranded on an island off the coast of Maine. Forced to coexist, they discovered there was no escaping the inevitable - irresistible attraction and a desire so powerful that the idea of living alone again was unimaginable.

A marriage of "convenience" seemed like the perfect solution - he would run her family's company and she ...

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The Real Thing (Matchmaker Trilogy Series #2)

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Overview

They were complete strangers searching for the same thing - solitude. But thanks to a matchmaking friend, Deirdre Joyce and Neil Hersey found themselves stranded on an island off the coast of Maine. Forced to coexist, they discovered there was no escaping the inevitable - irresistible attraction and a desire so powerful that the idea of living alone again was unimaginable.

A marriage of "convenience" seemed like the perfect solution - he would run her family's company and she would pursue her career. Suddenly, though, their charade was starting to feel like the real thing. But away from their island retreat, could their feelings survive the forces of the outside world?

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Editorial Reviews

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“A first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors.”—The Boston Globe

“Delinsky combines her understanding of human nature with absorbing, unpredictable storytelling—a winning combination.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[She] has a knack for exploring the battlefields of contemporary life.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Delinsky does a wonderful and realistic job portraying family dynamics.”—Library Journal

“A writer who continues to earn her bestseller status.”—Bookreporter.com

“Delinsky never fails to entertain.”—RT Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786226085
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Delinsky
Barbara Delinsky has more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in twenty-five different languages. Her novels regularly appear on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, making her one of America’s best-known and beloved authors.

Biography

Born Ruth Greenberg, and raised in suburban Boston, Barbara Delinsky worked as a sociology researcher in children's services and was a newspaper photographer and reporter before turning to fiction writing full-time. In point of fact, she never intended to pursue a literary career. But, in the early 1980s, a newspaper article profiling three women who successfully balanced home, family, and romance writing caught her attention. Intrigued, she spent months researching and writing her first novel. It sold -- and Delinsky was off and running.

Praised by critics and fans alike for her character driven studies of marriage, parenthood, and friendship, Delinsky is one of a small cadre of successful women writers (including Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown) who started out writing pseudonymous paperbacks for the category romance genre and muscled their way onto the bestseller lists with hardcover escapist fiction. Yet she is candid about the hard work involved and insists there's no tried-and-true formula that converts automatically to easy money. As if to prove her own point, Delinsky works from eight in the morning to about seven at night, writing in the office above the garage in her Newton, Massachusetts home; doing research; handling interviews; or -- her least favorite part of the job -- touring the country making author appearances.

Over the decades Delinsky has written dozens of novels that have landed on The New York Times bestseller list, including Twilight Whispers (1988), For My Daughters (1994), Three Wishes (1997), Flirting with Pete (2003), and Family Tree (2007). In 2001, she published her first nonfiction title, Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. A cancer survivor herself, she has earmarked all the profits from the sale of this book to benefit breast cancer research.

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When she isn't writing, one of Delinsky's favorite pastimes is kayaking.

She gets some of her best ideas in the shower. "It's a little harder to write ideas down there," she wrote to fans on her web site, "but I've been known to yell something out to my husband, who does it for me!"

The family cat, Chelsea, is named after her 1992 novel The Passions of Chelsea Kane.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Billie Douglass, Bonnie Drake; born Ruth Greenberg
    2. Hometown:
      Newton, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Typical Romance Story

    An old book of Delinksy's repackaged - you can tell it is old when Deidre, the heroine, busts out her cassette tapes and talks about wall-papering her new house - lol! Typical romance where two people are forced into an uncomfortable situation, dislike each other at first and then, inevitably, fall in love. I listened to it on audio and it was a quick listen but not nearly as good as some of Delinsky's other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Nightmare

    A beautiful she cat with black fur padded in. Her bushy tail was tipped with the brightest silver. Her almond shaped royal blue eyes gleamed. She looked around. "May I join?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    &real&infin

    Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Kiwi to nightmare and wren to nobody im paticualr

    Sure i guess.... |< i \|/ i he padded around, russet tinged snow leopard pelt gleaming in the sun, his amber eyes curious, his wide russet and grey wings folded tightly. \|/ ren

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Leafkit

    K she mews. Leafkit stand up and walks stumbling to a piece of moss and batting at it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    TOvall

    Please to to macbeth res two and tell bloodcn that pika i locked out!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    A kit

    The newborn wails

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Fawn

    Pounces on the vole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    New cat

    Hello, i heard you are a loyal clan. Will you please ecept me. I am a blind cat. I want to become a warrior and need someone to train me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Songbreeze (new cat)

    Im a slender white she cat with dark gray and light gray stripes, and green eyes. I also have white wings with feathers of differeng shades of gray mixed in. I am sweet,, but often tempermental. She doesnt talk a lot, but is a superb fighter, trained by the best. She is okay at hunting, is very fast, annd can fo amazing aerial strikes. She also like to swim and climb

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Shadowfeather

    The sleek black cat looked around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Darkclan warrior

    Drops a leaf with writting on it: Help!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Peace Talks

    Go to warriors res 1. Then go from there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Death

    Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    To all

    Please join rampagingclan at cat days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Hurricane to all

    Due to a lack of active members i am now joining revengeclan at rgh res2. Leader is scar. I will keep rping here and am stil lokking for a coe leader. THANK YOU

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Roen

    Wow. Brat.

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    Posted April 8, 2014

    Raven

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Kinkon to hurricane

    Came as you request

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Heather

    Where is Bloodclan?

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