A Novel Obsession

A Novel Obsession

by Jeff Joseph
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A Novel Obsession by Jeff Joseph

Abby has met the man of her dreams; too bad he lives in her fantasies! Nightly, she pulls out his picture and dreams of a romantic life with him, just like many other women do as his popularity and romantic image grows. Meanwhile, in the small town where Abby lives, she becomes the object of rivalry between several jealous and obsessive suitors, compounded by the interference of well-meaning friends and family.

Daniel Sheppard is a best-selling author who has trouble living out the romantic novels he writes. As he becomes more and more famous, he yearns for a love of his own to fill the void in his life. By chance, he discovers that he and Abby may be kindred spirits, but he is unable to contact her.

Will Abby and Daniel find each other across the miles and beyond the barrier of small town gossip? Or, will they remain each other’s Novel Obsession?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015811346
Publisher: Jeff Joseph
Publication date: 12/02/2012
Series: A Novel Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 402 KB

About the Author

In spite of being a husband and father, I have always been a daydreamer. I was that guy in high school algebra with the far away expression on his face, and no I wasn’t thinking about how to apply mathematics to save the world. I was thinking about the girl of my dreams and how I would make her mine. True love and the inherent difficulty in finding it are what I daydream about the most, and to me writing a book is merely daydreaming and capturing your thoughts in print. It makes them more real and provides the opportunity for others to share in them as well. And so I hope you will.

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A Novel Obsession 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story. It hooked me in right from the beginning. Full of mystery and suspense with a romantic overtone. I highly recommend this book and look for the sequel which I hope will be out soon!
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
I picked up a copy of A Novel Obsession by Jeff Joseph because the reviews were good. I have to say, thoughout this book, I kept wondering if maybe I was reading a different book than the one in the reviews. The plot is terrific, but it is poorly executed and even more poorly edited. I want to like the characters, but the descriptions given by Joseph and the actions of the characters themselves do not match up. This one just didn't work for me. It reads fast, but not much else.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Abby Lane, 32, single much to her parents' distress, is madly in love with her book-boyfriend. Actually, it's the author of romantic novels, Dan Sheppard, that she fantasizes over. He is her idea of the perfect man and she is not lowering her standards for anyone. Tall, dark and handsome, Dan is facing his own crisis. Although a very popular romance novelist, he's still single, unable to find that one woman who will see him beyond the fame and riches. Starting the book, I got the feeling that these were two star-crossed lovers... doomed to just miss each other by the blink of an eye. I was thinking this was a typical love story ... boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again for a happy ending. Nope ... not by a long shot! Meet Julia ... Abby's best friend since they were babies. And Rick .. Julia's husband who has a 'thing' for Abby. And there's Beau ... Abby's principal at the school where she teaches. They've dated off and on for years. He wants much more than she's willing to give .. and he's not her fantasy man. And along comes Bill ... brand new Coach for the football team, who also has secrets of his own. This book has it all! Humor, sex, love, jealousy, murder, and mayhem with an ending that may take your breath away. Be prepared for a cliffhanger of sorts ... which is why I'm already reading PURSUED .... the sequel. I gave it 5 stars .... loved the characters, the story line was not what I had expected, and I can't wait to see what happens next. My thanks to the author, Jeff Joseph, for furnished a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
MichelleKemp More than 1 year ago
First i would like to say I don't do spoilers. This was a Great Book .I love Abby she knows what she wants.  Cant want to read the next book. I was gifted this book by the Author for a honest review. and i can honestly say I loved it. 5 Stars
cutiephinphin More than 1 year ago
I must say that I have not read much books by male authors so when the opportunity to review this book was presented, I couldn't say no especially after reading the synopsis. This book feels more suspense to me than romance although there are hints of it. Abby is an avid reader and her favorite author is Daniel Sheppard. She feels deeply drawn by Daniel's work and because of the intense emotions she gets from reading the romance in Daniel's books, she sets her benchmark for love base on those emotions. Honestly, I understand and can relate to that. I don't fantasize about male authors but about the male leads. I feel that Abby knows what she wants and just doesn't wanna shortchange herself and I wish her best friend Julie sees that. I was as upset as Abby was with Julie at the instances where her meddling goes overboard. Just because she chose Rick despite him not being her first choice doesn't mean Abby has to do that too and I certainly didn't like that she is forcing her stands and views on Abby. I like that Abby isn't a pushover even though I feel that she lets Julie run her life a little too much. Daniel Sheppard is sick and tired of the touring and is in a slump. He finds no motivation in his work anymore and his writing is becoming more from imagination than from experience. He was catching up on his fan mails when he read the letter by Abby. He finds himself getting inspired and motivated again after reading Abby's letter but a turn of freak event resulted in him losing the letter. My heart dropped along with Daniel when it happened. While the story ended in sort of a cliffhanger, I am really rooting for Abby and Daniel to have a chance together. The road for Daniel and Abby is filled with road blocks and nutty people and I can't wait to read the next book. Jeff has started off well in this first book and he lures you in with just enough to clue you in on what's going on to keep the suspense. However, I'll also be looking forward to reading more on the romance. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
erica48smith More than 1 year ago
A Novel Obsession, this one surprised me. Judging solely from the synopsis I thought it would be a decent read, it was so much more than that.  The author gives you a great plot to grab hold of, and the story flows smoothly, continuing to build until the very end. While in the beginning I was a bit concerned for Abby, thinking maybe she was a little overboard in her behavior concerning her favorite author, but it played out nicely, and really who hasn't romanticized or fantasized about another person, actor, musician etc.  The story takes a few surprise twists you don't see coming, it's not an overly emotional book but it is intriguing and keeps you reading, I finished it in one sitting, couldn't make myself put it down, it was one of the few that keep me glued to my kindle from page one til the end. It's a well written story with interesting characters and their varying points of view.   I don't do spoilers, if you really want to read a book, you want to experience the good parts as you go, not from a review, so all you get is my opinion here. I am anxiously awaiting book two, I will be tapping my foot waiting for a release date to see where this ends up!
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
 Abby lives in Shadyhill, Ohio. She's a school teacher and an avid reader. She's fallen deeply in love with author David Sheppard.  His writing style and books speak to her. Much to her friends dismay, he's also the ruler by which she measures all other men she comes up against.  When the school hires a new football coach, her friend hopes cupid will work his magic for the two of them.  They do date a time or two and then the school principal who has been in love with Abby for years, begins an investigation of the new coach. All Abby wants is a man like Daniel Sheppard.      This book has the most sexually charged prologue you will ever read! I love the way this book opens and then goes on to explain the story.  You'll find the characters well defined and like-able. Mr. Joseph has an easy style of writing that makes reading this one a dream. You'll enjoy the way her friends try to help Abby find a man.  Get this one!      I found no issues.      I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because the ending wasn't what I expected.   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
Mrsjonsey More than 1 year ago
Jeff Joseph does a wonderful job in this suspense novel.  He draws people in and keeps them entertained until the very end with this  mystery.  There is mystery, thrills and romance.  I could not put this book down.  The end was very surprising with all the twists and turns  involved in this book.  I recommend this book as a great read.  I give it 4 stars. 
closkot More than 1 year ago
Okay, the author gifted me this book, and it is not my usual genre because it is realistic fiction.  I get enough of real life but it was romance which is fantasy in my life...lol!   Okay first impressions, the blurb sounded interesting, but not usually my type of book, and it had a teacher as the main character.  I don't usually think of men as romance writers even though I know they do; I'm used to female authors.  The prologue jumped right into adult material, so I was wondering if the whole book would be sex rather than plot.  After the prologue with the exception on one date, the whole book was plot and I liked it. :)  I was sucked into Abby and Daniel's world and wondering if they would ever actually meet.  I loved the journey this book took me on and I will definitely read the next book to see what happens to Abby next.  This book is one of those books that is refreshing to read and gives you hope, but it has its real world problems, and you see Murphy's Law at work.  And this book reinforces the idea that even though it might not be the type of book you usually read, doesn't mean you can't be pleasantly surprised, I look forward to the author's next book in the series. **gifted me to by the author
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
From the very first sentence of A Novel Obsession I was utterly breathless and drawn in like a fish on a hook. It was invigorating to read a dark romance written by a man. I can't recall ever reading one actually, but I was like a giddy teenager the entire read. Jeff Joseph sees life and romance in a different way than the typical female writer, often times to the point of over exaggeration, but then, he tosses in something to the mix to set the story back on track. I had started reading late at night with the intentions of just peeking into the book before bed, but before I knew it, the sun was peaking into my window and I was filled with shuttering fluttery goodness having just read finished this stellar suspenseful romantic novel. "I'm not in love with Daniel...I am in love with his work, though...He understands love as well as any of the classic authors whose work I've read, and he makes his stories seem so real and personal because they take place in the present." What is not to love about Abby? Her character is so dynamically written that you physically feel you are her. Her dreamy trances are what many of us desire to be and have as a woman. Abby is an incurable romantic who obsessively dreams of the day she meets the man of her dreams. The same dreams she has about bestselling romance writer, Daniel Sheppard. The only man she swears is right for her, but is so out of arms reach. Her best friend is always trying to pull her head out of the clouds and set her up with men, but needless to say, none stack up to her dreamy stud Daniel. Daniel's character was written to be such a lovable, wholesome gentlemen. The same type of guys women swear don't exist, yet I know they do because I married a man much like Daniel. Daniel has found the more notoriety his writing brings him, the more difficult it becomes and the bleaker his chances are for finding his dream woman not just chasing the bucks. If you like to read, period, I would insist you read this book. It's a short read, but one that covers more than just romance making it appealing to all audiences. The cover, while appealing, reminded me more of a young adult “Winn Dixie” style cover that definitely doesn't do any justice for this richly written darkly romantic novel. The three different fonts is over kill and the ghostly looking characters is puzzling. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but with so many books being published, the cover art truly is important. In conclusion, this book has a little bit of something for everyone and I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Jan_Romes More than 1 year ago
The title, A Novel Obsession, intrigued me and the story delivered :-) Abby is a character that I liked right away. She's sweet but guarded. And her obsession (which you will have to read the book to discover what it is) triggered or revealed those in the other characters. The romance and suspense was paced so you weren't sure where it would take Abby. I kept turning the pages to find out who would emerge as the owner of her heart. And when the suspense kicked in full-throttle at the end I was surprised at the stark turn of events. Jeff Joseph did a good job setting things up for the next book in his series.