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Family Interrupted

Family Interrupted

by Linda Barrett

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High concept: Divorcing couple must reconsider when their infant dranddaughter is abandoned on their doorstep.

Shaken by tragedy, the Barnes family has fractured. Mother. Father. Son. Each dealing with the pain separately and alone. Holding fast to guilt and blame. Real or imagined.

Claire, an artist who finally follows her dream and encounters a nighmare. Jack, a home builder who thinks he can fix anything--except what matters most. And Ian, a teenage son to be proud of. Until he move out. fifty miles away from the darkness at home.

On the verge of divorce when their son's new life goes terriblya wry, Claire and Jack are forced to re-examine their lives in order to save their marriage and heal a family that, according to Ian, "has gone to hell." But can they find the road back?

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Two years after their 12 year old daughter's accidental death by a motorist, Claire and Jack Barnes go through the motions of celebrating their 25th anniversary. When artist Claire produces her gift--a full-scale oil painting of their daughter--Jack had had enough. With his daughter gone, his wife focused on the past, and his 20 year old son living on his own, Jack feels like a stranger in his own home and moves out the day after the party.

Claire understands that they're heading for divorce. Two days later when Claire is alone in the house, a young woman comes to the door and hands over her infant. This is their son's baby. The woman says: "I told Ian she'd be too much work, and I've got other plans." The girl disappears. Ian is ready to put the baby up for adoption because his daughter deserves a solid, strong loving family--unlike theirs. Claire and Jack have to figure out what to do next.

Intersecting the main stories of the Barnes family is the subplot involving the driver of the car that killed young Kayla Barnes. Although the death is ruled an accident with no alcohol or speeding involved, guilt seeps into the driver's soul and changes her life and the life of her family. Who will say the words which will allow her to heal?

Bonus short story included MAN OF THE HOUSE:
Bobby's been the man of the house since his father died, but now his mom is spending time with Steve. Steve makes his mom smile, but Bobby's not happy. No one can take his dad's place. So what's a guy to do? Can Bobby have a change of heart and accept a new man of the house?

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BN ID: 2940016718996
Publisher: Linda Barrett
Publication date: 04/04/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 657,219
File size: 470 KB

About the Author

After writing thirteen Superromances for Harlequin and garnering several industry awards, Linda Barrett turned to women's fiction. Family Interrupted is her first novel in that genre. Linda is a wife, mother, grandmother and currently lives in the Tampa, FL area with her husband.

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