His young daughter has already lost too much. Widower Joe Kincaid doesn't want her forming attachments that will break her heart. So he'd appreciate if his pretty new neighbor didn't charm the girl with hot chocolate, fun stories and big smiles. After all, Gillian Parker is from glittering Las Vegas—she won't last a month in their quiet Maine town. But Gillian isn't what he expected at all. And when her painful past catches up with her, Joe finds himself opening his door—and his heart—wider than he ever dreamed possible.
|Publisher:||Steeple Hill Books|
|Series:||Love Inspired Series|
|File size:||984 KB|
About the Author
When McMahon's flying days ended, she began to work in the computer industry, rising to a vice presidency in a software development firm. In her "spare time," she decided to give in to a long cherished desire to try her hand at writing. One of the first things she discovered was that writing was one thing, but getting a book written is difficult to do when things like real-life interfere. But finally she finished a book, submitted it to a publisher, and Harlequin Mills & Boon bought it!
Come into the Sun (1983) was the first of over three dozen books sold to Harlequin Mills & Boon and Silhouette.
After that first sale, a new dream arose--to write for a living and leave the hectic pace of the San Francisco Bay Area behind. Once her younger daughter graduated from high school, she did just that--quitting her "day job" to move to the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. "It's been wonderful!" reports McMahon. "I love every minute of living here!"
To date, over five-and-a-half-million copies of her books have sold in thirty-five different countries in nineteen different languages. McMahon's books routinely appear on the Waldenbooks bestseller list, the Ingram's Top 50 Requested Romances, and Amazon.com's bestselling lists. Bride of a Thousand Days made the USA Today bestseller list.
With her recent nomination for a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, her books have either won or been a finalist in every major award in the romance industry.
What's special about McMahon's books, besides her ability to put the reader in another world full of the adventure she's sampled, can be summed up in one word: characters. They arrive on the page with fully developed pasts. Often her heroes have experienced betrayal that has hardened them. Lesser women would give up and move on, but, like the author herself, McMahon's heroines are empathetic and optimistic. They see the good in these honorable men and patiently nurture them to become equal partners in a relationship. Sometimes it's the heroine who has a past to overcome. But always, she's self-directed--a dynamic woman who knows what she wants and sets out to get it.
For books with international settings, McMahon refers to her flight attendant's journal, but the American West is her favorite locale. She's as much at home on the back of a horse as she is behind an autograph table. She has participated in week-long horse drives, similar to the cattle drives in City Slickers, attends local rodeos, the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco, and county fairs.
Dedicated to a strict work regimen to meet deadlines, she still finds time to pursue her hobby of working on her family history, to serve on the board of directors of the local woman's networking group, and read voraciously. In memory of her mother who died from the disease, she actively supports breast cancer research.
McMahon is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc. and the NSDAR, which has nothing to do with writing, but does tie in with her love for genealogy!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pretty predictable story line, i still enjoyed it, though. Even found a few typos, whch is rare.
The Family Next Door by Barbara McMahon Book 1 in the Rocky Point Series Joe Kinkaid was a widower and an overprotective father to his daughter, Jenny. Joe believed his deceased wife wanted the big city lights so when he saw his new neighbor he put her in the same category. He was attracted to Gillian Parker but knew someone like her would probably sell the house and head back to Las Vegas. After a fire at her home where Joe burned his hands , keeping the pretty lady at a distance was not working so well. Gillian's father had left when she was eight and never returned and her mom died, she never knew she still had one relative. She couldn't believe when she heard she inherited a home from her Great-grandmother, Sophie Parker. And why hadn't she ever tried to contact her? She had all the information on how to find her and yet not even one letter. Gillian fell in love with Rocky Point, Maine, the people and especially her neighbor girl and perhaps Jenny's father as well? And her father, who had left twenty years ago, reappears to claim the inheritance promised to her. Between the mayhem someone is reeking around Joe and Gillian, Zach Kinkaid returning after ten years of being in Europe, and young Jenny just wanting to do the things her friends do...a great story comes out. Don't miss the next two books in this series as well, Rocky Point Reunion is Zach's story and Rocky Point Promise is the third book that was just released 2/1/2012.