by Linda Barrett

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**Finalist, National Readers' Choice Awards, Oklahoma Romance Writers
**Award of Merit--Holt Medallion, Virginia Romance Writers

Flying Solo – single parents, second chances and the power of love

Houseful of Strangers is the second of the four-book Flying Solo series.

After breaking his arm, Dr. Eric Mitchell is forced to seek help with his rural veterinary practice in upstate New York. The temp he hires is a surprise. At first glance, she seems too fragile to handle the large animals he caters to, and emotionally, she seems fragile as well. Her smiles are rare and don't reach her eyes, especially around Joey, Eric's ten-year-old son.

Two years after losing her husband and son, Dr. Alison Truesdale accepts a six-month position far away from her New York City home in an effort to pull herself together and move on with her life. A new environment and new challenges at work should help her to begin again. She hadn't counted on a boss with an attitude. A man wary of women because of a bitter divorce and custody battle. She hadn't counted on sharing a house with a sweet young boy, a painful reminder of her loss.

As trust begins to grow between Eric and Alison, another youngster enters their lives. An abused but street-smart runaway from the city hides in Eric's barn which doesn't thrill the vet. Surprisingly, this teenage girl might hold the key to transforming a houseful of strangers into a home full of love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157399719
Publisher: Linda Barrett
Publication date: 05/19/2017
Series: Flying Solo , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 4,232
File size: 349 KB

About the Author

Linda Barrett has written fifteen contemporary romances, three novels of women’s fiction as well as a memoir about surviving breast cancer twice. She’s won industry awards such as the Holt Medallion, the Award of Excellence and the Write Touch Reader’s Award. Linda is a native New Yorker, earning her B.A. and M.S. at Hunter College. After living in New England and Texas, she and her husband currently reside in the greater Tampa, Florida area.

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Houseful of Strangers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Dani kept me laughing and crying, I'd love to hear her story!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Didn't want to put it down. Enjoyed the outcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very realistic and engaging. It was also very positive book even though the characters are going through some tough tribulations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alison's son had a bad heart and died, and then her husband died. Alison is a vet and she needed a change so she went to temporarily help there. Dani ran away from home and lived on the streets because her mother got sick and died and her dad started doing bad things to her. Dani ends up at the same place Alison was staying and they all help her. It's a wonderful story and I couldn't stop reading it. I'm so glad that I bought this book and I can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, easy read, great story loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book . The characters were all so damaged but lovable
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I loved book one in this series and was looking forward to this one. Ms Barrett did not disappoint us with this story. The story revolves around Eric, a veterinarian who recently injured his arm and needs help and Alison, also a veterinarian, who applies for the temporary position to help him. After a bitter divorce , Eric has custody of his young son and has no desire of marrying again. Alison, lost her child and husband, and the heartache has been unbearable so the move to assist Eric is welcomed. But it is really more than a story about these two. It’s a story about family, loss of a child, about the effects of a nasty divorce, about child abuse and the runaways, in this case, one that sneaks into the barn and into the hearts of everyone, about hope and above all , love. A complex story that will touch your heart, and even though at times you will want to cry, and at others you will cheer for the characters , it’s one that in the midst of the heartaches, heartwarming feelings will prevail. Kudos to Ms Barrett for such a thought provoking story. I was gifted this copy. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For two years, veterinarian Allison Truesdale has been trying to cope with the tragedy of losing her precious ten-year-old son and loving husband of fourteen years. Now she is determined to move on and start a new life. When Dr. Eric Mitchell advertises for temporary help, Allison hires on and hopes for the best. But her hopes are dashed when she discovers the doctor has a son, who is a constant reminder of what she has lost. With a nasty divorce and custody battle behind him, Eric Mitchell is struggling to create a stable environment for his young son. When his new veterinarian assistant arrives, Eric can¿t believe how the fragile-looking woman reacts around his child. Even when he discovers her reasons, Eric¿s first responsibility is to protect his son. His second is to protect his own battered heart. Fifteen-year-old Danielle O¿Connor has been a runaway since the tender age of thirteen. Escaping from an abusive ex-cop father, Dani has book smarts as well as street smarts. Never really fitting in with the other homeless kids, she constantly longs for a loving home and family. When circumstances force her to hop a bus out of New York City, Dani ends up in a sleepy little rural town, completely out of her element. She makes friends with Dr. Eric Mitchell¿s mother and starts living the life she¿s always dreamed about. When this houseful of strangers is thrown together, will they discover what each of them are searching for? Will they find a place to call home? Award-winning author Linda Barrett delivers another heartwarming love story with characters so real they seem like old friends. This emotionally gripping tale makes the reader laugh and cry from the very first page right through to the very last. I highly recommend this book. Awesome!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
When veterinarian Dr. Eric Mitchell broke his arm, he advertised for help. Alison Truesdale applies and though he thinks she is too fragile looking he hires her. He quickly sees she has a deep sadness to her unbeknownst to him she mourns the deaths of her spouse of fourteen years and their young son with the wisdom that surviving stinks.------------ Initially he felt sorry for her, but soon becomes attracted to his capable assistant. She, in turn, begins to feel for the first time since the tragedy, especially with his son though he also reminds her of what she lost. However, it is a young runaway hiding from an abusive parent in Eric¿s barn who teaches the two adults what trouble truly is.--------------- HOUSEFUL OF STRANGERS is a delightful contemporary romance that showcases how relative problems are through the four prime characters especially the two females who have entered Eric¿s life. The story line is fast-paced as Alison grieves until she falls in love with her employer but feels some guilt for doing so while also recognizing that the teen has the deeper issue to confront. Fans of deep character studies will want to read Linda Barrett¿s fine tale of love¿s healing power.---------------- Harriet Klausner