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While Maddy Bainbridge didn't want to go back home to the Jersey shore, her mother's invitation came at a time when Maddy had few choices. But her effort to give her own little girl her heart's desire may just give Maddy a chance of finding her own...

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While Maddy Bainbridge didn't want to go back home to the Jersey shore, her mother's invitation came at a time when Maddy had few choices. But her effort to give her own little girl her heart's desire may just give Maddy a chance of finding her own...

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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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Bretton's newest contemporary romance (after A Soft Place to Fall) is an engrossing tale of hope, promise, heartache and misplaced dreams. Maddy Bainbridge and her headstrong mother, Rose, have never gotten along, but when Maddy's Seattle-based dot-com crashes and her husband divorces her, she has no choice but to return home to Paradise Point, N.J., with her four-year-old daughter Hannah. It's three weeks before Christmas, and Maddy is determined to make a go of it with her mom while attempting to put a little happiness back in her daughter's life by giving her an Aladdin-style `magic lamp' (actually a teapot) she's found on the Internet. The only problem is that someone is aggressively trying to outbid her. Her adversary, she soon learns, is ex-firefighter Aidan O'Malley, owner of O'Malley's Bar and Grill across town. He's trying to win the teapot for his daughter, Kelly, who believes it to be the one that graced the walls of O'Malley's 50 years earlier. When Maddy scores the winning bid, the sale becomes the catalyst that brings generations of families together, suggesting the teapot may have magic powers after all. While this Christmas tale may seem out of place among the summer season's beach offerings, its uplifting message and smooth storytelling make it a pleasant read any time of year. (May 6) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587244926
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 9/8/2003
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 531
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Barbara Bretton

Barbara Bretton: To me, the most romantic scene in Shore Lights is the kiss between Aidan and Maddy out on the beach after a snowstorm. There are none of the usual trappings of romance. There's just the two of them, with their hearts on their sleeves and a sense that they might have a future together. Roses and chocolates and candlelight are all on the master list of things romantic. But anyone can buy you those things. Only a man who knows and loves you would instead fill the bird feeder without being asked, or bring you daisies because he knows they're your favorite.

Heart to Heart: Both Maddy and Aidan have been unlucky in life and love. What inspired this story of reaching for a second chance at "happily ever after"?

BB: It took my own grandfather five times to find the perfect wife, so I come by my belief in second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances naturally. I believe that when people have experienced more of life's ups and downs, they learn to recognize the real thing when it finally comes along, and they know it's worth fighting to hold onto. Life isn't always easy, or fair. I love writing about strong men and women who, when faced with the real life obstacles we've all encountered, find the courage to triumph over them. I love writing about the everyday hero hidden inside each one of us.

HtoH: What made you decide to create Maddy's difficult relationship with her mother?

BB: The mother-daughter relationship is probably the most complex of all human relationships, and it grows more complicated with time. It's part love affair, part competition, as natural as breathing and every bit as vital. I'm not sure any of us ever manages to get it quite right. The underlying theme of Shore Lights is the impact that family secrets have on relationships. One of the many things I learned after my parents died was how little I really knew about them. As a child you're positive you've heard every story a hundred times -- but the truth is, your parents' lives were probably richer and more filled with secrets than you can imagine.

HtoH: There was such a wonderful cast of characters in Shore Lights. Do you plan to write more stories that connect to this one?

BB: Funny you should ask! I'll be starting work soon on a book featuring Aidan's sister-in-law, Claire, along with other characters from Shore Lights. I love hearing from readers and eventually I answer each letter personally. You can contact me through my web site, www.barbarabretton.com; through email at barbara@barbarabretton.com, or by mail at Barbara Bretton, PO Box 5655, Hillsborough NJ 08844.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Didnt care for it..

    Could not get into this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Is it apropriet for 10+

    Please wright to Mikayla10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    A

    I don't usually care for romance novels but I gave this one a shot and am glad I did. It's a warm and enjoyable holiday story with discriptive powers you don't usually find in books. Coming from a large Italian family myself I saw the truth in much of Ms. Brentton's family situations....mother-daughter, sisters, and most asuredly cousins! Take the stress out of your life for one night...curl up with Shore Lights and a good cup of chocolate and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2004

    A Mother's Fictional Lesson...

    I forget from time to time that writers like Bretton, are out there. I imagine many readers, who are smart enough to read this book, will benefit both from the wonderful storyline as well as the explosive reminder the bond of family - can generate...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    Wow..what every mother needs to give to the daughter who is from Mars while you are living on Earth

    This is for all the mothers and daughters who love each other but do not understand the other person. I cried and cried. I love this book so much that I bought 5 more copies--for friends and saved one for my own daughter who may not even read it just beacuse I like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Great womens fiction (and romance too)

    Barbara Bretton shines in SHORE LIGHTS. This book touched all of my emotions and made me appreciate my own family even more. Any woman who has ever had trouble understanding or geting along with her own mother or daughter shoudl read this book. No silly misunderstandings, just two women trying very hard to find common ground. And yes there's romance! Aidan is a real hero -- a great father, a firefighter, loyal to his family and friends. His emails to Maddy are wonderful. A must read and a definite keeper.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fine romance

    Maddy Bainbridge and her four-year-old child Hannah leave Seattle to help her mom run the Candlelight Inn in Paradise, New Jersey. Although she has been away from home for fifteen years, Maddy needs work as an accountant and Hannah needs a change of scenery after her father left them and remarried.................... Over the Internet, Maddy gets into a bidding war over a dented teapot. She gets the last bid winning the teapot by defeating widow Aidan O¿Malley. His teenage daughter wanted the teapot because it is identical to one in a picture her grandma possesses. Aidan sends an email to Maddy to try to purchase the teapot, but she informs him She plans to give it to her daughter as a magic lamp. As they exchange emails, neither knows the identity of the other, but begins to like what they read and perhaps even fall in love just a bit. However, both are afraid to take this out of hyperspace into reality, although neither knows that they have already met at her daughter¿s preschool and were attracted to one another......................... SHORE LIGHTS is an entertaining Internet romance that provides readers with an interesting thought as to whether the in-person reality can match the email perception. The lead couple is a delight and the support cast adds depth to either of the protagonists though the poor communications between Maddy and her mom seem overly contrived. Still Barbara Bretton bestows a beautiful modern day romance on her audience........................... Harriet Klausner

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