Shore Lights

Shore Lights

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by Barbara Bretton

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(Previously published in print by Berkley.)

"An engrossing tale of hope, promise, heartache and misplaced dreams."
Publishers Weekly

"Bretton's warm, wonderful book presents complex familial and romantic relationships, sympathetic characters, and an underlying poignancy."
Shelley Mosley, Booklist

"This is an excellent book, but beware: a few

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(Previously published in print by Berkley.)

"An engrossing tale of hope, promise, heartache and misplaced dreams."
Publishers Weekly

"Bretton's warm, wonderful book presents complex familial and romantic relationships, sympathetic characters, and an underlying poignancy."
Shelley Mosley, Booklist

"This is an excellent book, but beware: a few tissues may be necessary reading accessories."
Vicky Gilpin, Old Book Barn Gazette

"Well-written and insightful with just the right blend of realism and romance. SHORE LIGHTS may be her best novel yet . . . a powerful read."
Susan Scribner, The Romance Reader

"A perfect 10."
Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today

"Filled with exceptional multi-dimensional characters and a real-life, easy-to-believe storyline. You can't go wrong with SHORE LIGHTS."
Thea Candee, The Romance Readers Connection

"Once again, [Bretton] delivers."
Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times

There's nothing more dangerous to a woman's heart than a man who is single, straight, loves his kid, and doesn't kiss and tell . . .

Maddy Bainbridge left her Jersey Shore home town right after high school, determined to put as many miles as possible between herself and her many meddling relatives.

Now she's back in Paradise Point -- an unemployed single mother whose only option is to accept her mother Rose's offer of a job and a place to live.

But it doesn't take Maddy long to discover that the things about your mother that made you crazy at 17 make you even crazier at 32. Rose's critical comments bring out Maddy's inner teenager and by the beginning of December, the end is in sight. Maddy would stay there at the Candlelight Inn, her mother's popular B&B, through Christmas for her daughter Hannah's sake, but once the New Year rolled around …

And then fate, in the form of an online auction battle over a Russian samovar that looks like Aladdin's lamp, brings home-town hero Aidan O'Malley into her life and suddenly Maddy begins to believe anything is possible.

A child's dreams, an old woman's memories, the joys and heartaches that come with being part of a family, the thrill of new love and the deep comfort of love that stood the test of time -- it all comes together that one special holiday season when even the most battered hearts open just wide enough to let a miracle or two slip through.

USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton has been hailed as a "monumental talent" (Affaire de Coeur) and now she delves deeply into the mysteries of family and shows us that even the most independent woman is still a daughter at heart.

Home: it's where your story starts.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In more than 40 books over a 20-year career, Barbara Bretton has captured hearts with her appealing blend of poignant realism and romantic dreams, and Shore Lights continues this winning tradition. As a child, Maddy Bainbridge blamed her mom for her parents' divorce. Once grown, Maddy left their small town on the Jersey Shore to make a new home for herself -- far, far away. Now, jobless after the crash of her dot-com career in Seattle and wounded by a recent breakup, Maddy is desperate to offer her young daughter stability and family -- even if it means returning home to work at her mother's upscale bed-and-breakfast. When Maddy meets single dad Aidan O'Malley in a bidding war over an antique samovar on an online auction site, the attraction is immediate. Unfortunately, while Maddy needs this "enchanted lamp" to brighten her daughter's Christmas, Aidan's teenage daughter wants it to replace something her ailing great grandmother treasured long ago. The ensuing dispute results in a delightfully romantic homecoming. Sue Stone

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Meet the Author

Oh, how I hate bios! All of that deadly dull information about name (Barbara Bretton) and date of birth (June 25) and geographical data (born in New York City; lives near Princeton, NJ), marital status (many years married), and hobbies (who has time??). How do you gather up all of those dull, dry facts and turn them into something interesting? No wonder I tell lies for a living. I considered weaving a story for you about life on a houseboat on the French Riviera. Or maybe my years as a concubine, hidden away in a golden pleasure palace in the shimmering desert. Then I decided to do the unthinkable and tell you the truth. When I sold my first book and my life changed forever. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes. I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance! He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory. A lot has happened to me in the years since that first sale. I've learned that this is a difficult and demanding business (it takes a tough writer to write a tender book) and that I am happiest when I am most ignorant. I've also learned that a good friend, a writer and pal who truly understands, is worth her weight in good reviews and royalty checks. I fell madly in love with Skye O'Malley in early 1982 and wrote an unabashedly gushy fan letter to our beloved Bertrice Small. By the time Sunny answered, I had joined the ranks of the published and Sunny became friend and mentor, guide and confidant. She has held my hand through broken dreams, disappointments, family illnesses, and accepted my bizarre need to go underground from time to time with great affection and understanding. Over the years I've come to understand the difference between the writer and her work, that loving the book doesn't guarantee that I will love the author. But what a joy it is when you discover that the author of a beloved favorite is even more wonderful and witty and wise than the characters she creates. So this bio is for you, Sunny, for being the best of friends during the worst of times and -- even more wonderful -- during the good times as well. And now for the statistics: Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries. Barbara has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette,among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others. Her awards include both Reviewer's Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors. Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books.

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