Ryan's Return

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Fans of Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr and Susan Wiggs will enjoy this emotional contemporary romance from #1 NY Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy.

Famous photojournalist Ryan Hunter has come back to a family torn apart by mistrust and resentment -- to the father who disowned him, to the brother who betrayed him, to the little boy who shares his features. Ryan, the charismatic "bad boy" son, has returned -- stirring up past ...

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Overview

Fans of Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr and Susan Wiggs will enjoy this emotional contemporary romance from #1 NY Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy.

Famous photojournalist Ryan Hunter has come back to a family torn apart by mistrust and resentment -- to the father who disowned him, to the brother who betrayed him, to the little boy who shares his features. Ryan, the charismatic "bad boy" son, has returned -- stirring up past conflicts like a whirlwind...and throwing Kara Delaney's fragile, passionate heart into turmoil.

Kara has struggled back from a disastrous marriage to build a new life for herself and her little girl -- a peaceful existence now jeopardized by vicious, small town politics, by her daughter's fanciful ghost stories...and by Ryan's return. Now nature's impending fury threatens to expose long-buried secrets. And Kara must join with the enigmatic, misunderstood Ryan -- to discover the truth that will save their families.... and to explore a dangerous, irresistible love as mighty and enduring as the onrushing river.

"A powerful story of families shattered years ago, and brought together by love, RYAN'S RETURN is a compelling read no one should miss." GEnie Romance and Women's Fiction Exchange.

"A superlative novel that proves everyone can indeed go home again." Debbie Macomber

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hoping to draw tourists to Serenity Springs' Centennial Celebration and boost the town's economy, chamber of commerce president Kara Delaney invites a famous former resident, photo-journalist Ryan Hunter, to be the guest of honor. But Ryan was something of a black sheep, and Kara's grand plan sours when Ryan's father threatens to boycott the festivities and torrential rains pelt the town. As Kara's Aunt Josephine says: "When the river rises, the secrets of years past are washed ashore and brought to life." The town's secrets are the fiber that holds this tale together: What happened to Ryan's mother when she deserted her two young sons? Is Ryan the real father of his brother's child? Whose ghost is trying to communicate with Kara's 11-year-old daughter? Freethy Daniel's Gift delivers strong, compelling narrative but her characters are more suited to soaps. Oct.
Publishers Weekly
"Barbara Freethy delivers strong and compelling prose."
Romantic Times
"Rising contemporary star Barbara Freethy hammers home deep and complex emotions in RYAN'S RETURN, a wonderful and powerful book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481135153
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/4/2013
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 632,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, who has sold over 2.7 million ebooks since January 2011. Her 34 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Eleven titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists Her books have won numerous awards - she is a five-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America and her book DANIEL'S GIFT won the honor.

Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. She is currently writing a new contemporary romance family series: The Callaways. ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS is the first book in the series.

Also available is her popular Wish Series, which includes: A SECRET WISH, JUST A WISH AWAY and WHEN WISHES COLLIDE. Barbara has lived all over the state of California and currently resides in Northern California where she draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful Bay Area. Barbara loves to hear from readers so please feel free to write her. For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Barbara, visit her website at www.barbarafreethy.com or facebook at www.facebook.com/barbarafreethybooks

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Read an Excerpt

His bed was on the sidewalk!

Ryan Hunter slammed the door of the cab, tossed a twenty-dollar bill at the driver, and ran across the busy Los Angeles intersection, dodging cars and honking horns. As he reached the sidewalk, two men emerged from his three-story apartment building with a bookcase.

"What the hell is going on here?" Ryan dropped his overnight bag on the ground, taking more care with his saxophone case and camera bag.

The moving men set the bookcase down on the sidewalk. The younger man, who wore white coveralls with the name Craig embroidered on the pocket, grinned. "Oh, hi, Mr. Hunter. Your lady's moving out. Third one in a row, isn't that right?"

"Yeah? Who's counting?" Ryan grumbled.

The older man, Wait, reached into his pocket and pulled out a bill. "I do believe you're our best account, Mr. Hunter. Shall we put this on your tab?"

Walt and Craig laughed in unison as they picked up the bookcase and set it in the truck.

Ryan surveyed the furniture strewn around the sidewalk and the steps leading up to his apartment building with a weary sigh. He had spent the past thirty-six hours on three different planes, traveling through three different time zones. All he wanted to do was sleepin his own bed. Only his own bed was now in a moving van.

The men loaded the easy chair next, the one perfect for stretching out with a beer. Behind the chair was the big-screen television.

"Not the TV." Ryan groaned. He gave it a loving pat as the men walked by him.

Craig laughed. "You don't have much left up there, Mr. Hunter, just that old sofa with the springs sticking out, a couple of crates, and a fan. Maybe instead of gettinga new woman, you should buy yourself some furniture."

"Thanks for the tip, Mack."

"The name is Craig, and you're welcome."

Ryan stalked up the steps. He met Melanie on the landing just inside the front door. She wore her usual aerobics gear, a pair of hot pink Lycra shorts, a midriff tank top, and tennis shoes. Her blond hair bounced around her head in a ponytail. She was the perfect southern California woman, tan and fit-great body, great in bed, and great furniture. Sometimes life sucked.

Melanie stopped abruptly, her bright pink lips curving downward in dismay.

"Oh, dear," she said. "I thought I'd be gone before you got home."

"Where are you going?" he demanded.

"I'm moving out, Ryan."

"That's obvious. Without saying good-bye, without offering a word of explanation?"

"Ryan, honey, you've been gone seven weeks."

"I was working."

"You're always working."

"Did you see my photographs from Israel?"

"Yes, they were on the cover of Time. Very impressive. Excuse me, but I have to go."

"Melanie, wait."

She shook her head. "Ryan, we've been living together for three months, and you've only spent ten nights in that apartment with me."

"It has to be more than that," Ryan said; truly surprised by the number.

"It's not. I should know. I had plenty of time to count." Melanie sighed wistfully. "You're a great guy when you're around, but you don't love me."

"I don't?"

"Seven weeks, Ryan." She poked her fingertip into his chest. "No phone calls, no letter, not even a postcard."

Melanie was right. She was a nice woman and fun to be with, but he didn't love her. He didn't love anyone. It was not an emotion that he wanted in -his life. Love was too complicated, too messy.

Ryan touched Melanie's cheek, feeling genuinely sad at her departure. "I'm sorry. I hope I didn't hurt you."

"I'll live," she said with a regretful smile. "I just wish I knew what you were running from or running toward." She stood on tiptoe and kissed him on the lips. "Whatever it is, I hope someday you find it."

Ryan watched her walk down the steps. The movers closed up the van, and within minutes a big part of his life disappeared—again.

He retrieved his bags and saxophone case from the sidewalk and walked slowly up the stairs to his apartment.

The door stood halfway open. He walked inside and stared at the emptiness. His old sofa bed stood against one wall next to the lamp with the tilted, yellowed shade. The wooden crate with his antiquated record collection featuring jazz musicians Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, as well as an eclectic mix of rock and roll artists like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and the Grateful Dead, spilled out onto the beige carpet.

A card table had been opened up in one comer of the living room. On top of the table lay his mail, piles and piles of it. Ryan walked over to the table and spread the envelopes out so he could see what he had—electric bills, telephone bills, sales letters, and a couple of checks from his latest photo assignments.

Dismissing most of the mail as junk, Ryan's gaze came to rest on an ivory-colored oversize envelope with his name engraved on the top. The return address caught his attention. For twelve years he had hoped for a letter with that postmark. To get one now was unsettling.

His hand shook as he reached for the card. He told himself not to be a fool, to throw it away. But he ,couldn't. Sliding open the seal with his finger, he pulled out the card.

Serenity Springs invites you to attend its Centennial Celebration, February 20-23, a three-day festival of parties, games, and arts and crafts to celebrate 100 years of history. In tune with this theme, a special dinner will be held Thursday evening in honor of Serenity Springs' own Ryan Hunter, award-winning photojournalist.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

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    Good read

    This book was quite a short fast read, but I enjoyed it. it has likeable characters, a heartwarming story and good romance.

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    You'll get lost in this book!

    I have to admit I always tend to stick to certain authors but this book was recommended by a friend and I have to say I am so excited to add another author to my list of favorites! This book was a great read and I can't wait to check out more of Barbara Freethy's books!

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    The Best

    One of the best books I've read this year. It was not at all predictable. The characters were real, and the plot took some unusual spins.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Charming

    Another touching, charming, emotional novel from a talented author. Well-written. And lots of story!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    Awesome

    This book was really great. It was "real to life" and not too mushy! Although I really liked it, it had alot of grammar and spelling errors. I know that sounds picky but my eyes are just drawn to that type of thing.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Terrific

    Highly entertaining romantic story. Liked the way the characters felt real and the way they acted made sense. Enjoyed that there were a couple of story lines along with the main romance.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Excellent!

    I loved this book. It was well written and fast paced. I felt involved in the story right from the first page. Loved the small town by the river and the family conflicts as well as a wonderful romance! Fun read. Don't miss this one.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Amazing Book

    This is a great book. The first book that Ive read by Barbara. I plan in reading her other books now. I read this entire book in one sit down. I didnt finish until 4:30 in the morning. I just could not put it down! This book should be on everyones must read list

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Great book

    Would like to read more of her books, from tlp columbus ohio

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    Fun Story

    Excellent book by one of my favorite new authors. I love her characters and the emotion that is brought to each story. Romantic and intelligently written. Recommended!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Wonderful!

    Really good book, easy to read, fun storyline, interesting characters. Emotional, poignant moments and strong romance. I really enjoyed it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Good Contemporary Romance

    Fun story. Read it when I called in sick for work, and it made me feel a lot better! It kept me hooked from page one.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Not wonderful

    Good read if looking for obvious storyline and choppy transitions. It seemed the relationships were strained and forced and this includes the "sexual tension".

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Good book

    When i first saw this book i wasnt so sure aboutt it. But as soon as i started rrleading it i fell in love with it, I very much reccomened

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Overall a Good Read

    This author was new to me. I enjoyed the plot of the book and the writing is good. Was a little disappointed in some of the language used (really not necessary) and the intimate scenes were too detailed for my taste. Overall, a good story line and I enjoyed the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    Love this story...

    Ryan's Return is an amazing book about starting over, family, love and finding out how to forgive & forget. I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    Terrific!

    I really enjoyed this story by one of my favorite authors. Ryan is a sexy hero with a bad boy past. But he meets his match in Kara, a single mom, with a wonderfully imaginative daughter, who adds a great deal to the story. Ryan is coming home to the river, to his estranged father and brother. And as the story goes along, it's clear that both families are intertwined in unexpected ways. This is a wonderful book. Well-written, great characters, and a few twists!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Ryan's Return

    This is an excellent Book. I would recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Due to the use of the Lord's name in vain,etc. I cannot give a good rating.

    I looked at the 40 pg. review and liked that part so much that I ordered it. I was not expecting the cursing,etc. and did not finish it because of that. Wanting to know what happened was overcome by my Christian beliefs. It would have been a good story otherwise. I wish I could figure out how to delete it from my library, but being new to Nook Book, I can't.Thank you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Another cookie cutter book

    I have enjoyed every book of hers that I have read, and this is no exception. She writes very well and keeps you turning the pages. She is driving me crazy with the recurrent plot line about mothers disappearing from their children's (mostly sons) lives. I read her bio and nothing indicated an issue, so what gives? THis story is no exception but if you love a steamy romance she does not disappoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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