Sunlight and Joy: An eBook Original Short Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

“Sunlight and Joy” is Barbara Delinsky’s heartwarming story about a couple relearning how to appreciate the simple things. Also included is an exclusive conversation with Barbara about what inspires her writing and an advance peek at her newest novel, Escape.
 
Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, if increasingly busy, marriage. But when Rick announces that ...
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Sunlight and Joy: An eBook Original Short Story

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Overview

“Sunlight and Joy” is Barbara Delinsky’s heartwarming story about a couple relearning how to appreciate the simple things. Also included is an exclusive conversation with Barbara about what inspires her writing and an advance peek at her newest novel, Escape.
 
Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, if increasingly busy, marriage. But when Rick announces that he’s been offered a promotion that will make the family pick up and move across country for a fourth time, Ellen is dismayed; she and their children have made a life for themselves in Portsmouth, not to mention that she is about to reach a pivotal point in her own teaching career. Ellen has always supported Rick’s dreams. What will he do when she tells him that she doesn’t want to start all over again for a job that will only make their lives more frantic?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307947574
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 50,552
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Delinsky
Barbara Delinsky is a New York Times bestselling author with more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She lives with her family in New England.

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.

Good To Know

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 May 2, 2011

    This is a short story, not a full novel.

    I am going to have to start paying more attention to file size before I buy, in future. This is only a short story, which really disappointed me. It was so short, in fact, I thought it must be a mistake. When it was clear that I had indeed reached the end, it felt really abrupt. Seemed more like a college writing assignment...make this, this & this happen, in 20 pages or less. OK, so I only paid $ .99 for it, but it wasn't worth even that, in my opinion.

    30 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    Disappointing Purchase

    Being an avid fan of Barbara Delinsky, I was delighted to see Sunlight and Joy on the Nookbook Deals page. Yes, I saw that it had only 2 stars and that it was a short story. There were no reviews at the time. For those reasons I hesitated to buy it and now I wish I hadn't wasted 99 cents on it. Not that 99 cents is alot of money by any means BUT this should be a free book. The story itself is only 13 pages. Husband wants to take a new job in another state - wife doesn't want to uproot the family again - husband decides not to take the job after all. The end. Ok, there is a bit more to the story than that but definitely a disappointing read. The story is followed by an interview with Barbara Delinsky and a preview of her upcoming book Escape. I would not recommend this book unless you can get it for free!

    24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    yeah, i got stiffed too...

    this is only 38 pages long!!! i paid .99 for 38 pages. i'm really, really, really, really, really ticked off. but i was the stupid one that didn't check the file size. don't be an idiot like me. at the same though, b&n should be ashamed of themselves for even charging for that. are you kidding me??? 38 pages will take me like 2 mins. to read. i wasted a dollar of hard earned money and will never fall prey to this again.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2011

    RIP OFF!!!!

    I can't believe that I paid the same price for this 38page very short story with no middle or ending that I paid for a full length Maeve Binchy book.

    Doesn't seem like a very smart marketing plan for BD. Shame on Barnes & Noble for not showing the number of pages in the books they sell.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Don't bother reading

    It's a good 20 page story.

    Problem is that it's not worth paying for. What a rip off.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Not enough

    Only 18 pages saave your .99¿

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2011

    Not worth the time to buy

    I agree withe the previous review it wasa short story and ended quickly. wast of money.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Too short

    18 pages isn't a story. This plot wasn't worth the cost. Interesting that the interview and sample was 20 pages. Rip off! Why not post the number of pages?

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    I

    I like her books but to think i paid 99 cents for less than 18 pages. Was so not worth it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Not worth it

    I agree with the other reviews. Should have read the file size. I would not have paid .99 cents for a 13 page book. Wasn't even that compelling of a story. Very disappointing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    DO NOT BUY!!!

    This short condensed story was a real waste of $$$$$...33 pages..
    Best part of the book is the COVER.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    so disappointed....

    I was expecting a full novel, not a short story. I wish they would tell you if its not a full novel!

    The story line was so promising..I would have loved to have gotten to know the characters in more depth.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    I feel ripped off!

    B&N should refund everyone that bought this book their money. Its just wrong to sell such junk. I will not buy anymore of this authors books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    boring

    Boring

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    Disappointment

    I was expecting a short story not only 18 pages, then questions and answers..

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    Not recommended

    Not worth the 99 cents! Most of the 38 pages are an interview. I generally like the books the author writes, but this was a ripoff.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    No!!.

    Total waste of money. Why even offer such a short story. Save your money...don't buy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    highly disappointed

    Thought i was getting a "book" not just a very short story. It should have been a "free" short story. There was more "promotion" for her upcoming book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Wish I would of seen it was only 38 pages.

    I thought a short story should of been more than 18 pages, then there was section "A conversation with Barbara Delinsky and the an excerpt from "Escape". I was expecting more than 38 pages in this ebook. Very disappointing. I will check to see how many pages are in each ebook before purchasing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Not recommended

    I did not like it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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