The House on Main Street

The House on Main Street

by Shirlee McCoy
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The House on Main Street by Shirlee McCoy

In Apple Valley, Washington, friends are always near, neighbors have no secrets—even if they'd like to—and long-held wishes have a way of coming true. . .

Interior designer Tessa McKenzie has built a good life far from her Washington hometown. She intends to get back to it—as soon as she sells the cluttered Victorian house and antiques shop she inherited from her sister, Emily. But leaving Apple Valley a second time won't be so easy. There's her grieving nephew, Alex, to consider. And there's Sheriff Cade Cunningham, the adolescent crush who could easily break her heart again if she let him.

To Cade, Tessa was simply his high school sweetheart's kid sister. But now there's no denying she's a beautiful and caring grown woman, one he'd like to get to know. Except that Tessa is determined to leave again. If Cade wants to change her mind, he'll have to show her that small-town life has its lovable side—and that he does too. Most of all, he'll have to convince Tess they're good together, and that every step has led her right where she was always meant to be. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420132366
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: An Apple Valley Novel , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 97,102
File size: 844 KB

About the Author

Shirlee McCoy spent her childhood making up stories and acting them out with her sister.  It wasn’t long before she discovered Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, her mother’s gothic romances . . . and became an ardent fan of romantic suspense.  She still enjoys losing herself in a good book, and she still loves making up stories. Shirlee and her husband live in Maryland and have five children. Readers can visit her website at www.shirleemccoy.com.

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The House on Main Street 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as developed as the first book
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS I loved the House on Main Street. It has a good story. Strong characters, romance, mystery, touches your emotions in many ways, clean story. Tessa McKenzie has come back to Apple Valley to bury her sister and husband. She wants to clean up her house and sell it. Take her nephew Alex and her Aunt Gertrude back to Virginia with her. Tessa does not want to see Cade the man she had a crush on for years who liked her sister Emily. Gertrude raised both of her nieces in Apple Valley when their mom dropped the girls off at young age and disappeared. She does not want to move. She is feisty. Loves to argue with Tessa. Alex hardly talks, he loves to play piano and composes music. He has autisms. We meet a lot of characters of Apple Valley and a lot of them are single. It sets up for lots of stories to be told in the future. I know I want to come back to Apple Valley and read them. The setting is Apple Valley, Washington a small town A angel figurine that has been in the Riley family for generations is stolen. Alex has strong feelings for it. Gertrude things now the family is cursed because it is not kept in the Riley house and its her fault. I was given this book to read by Netgalley and Kensington Books and asked in return to give honest review of it when finished. publication: November 5th 2013 by Zebra Kensington Books 352 pages ISBN:1420132350
GmawFL More than 1 year ago
this was not as good a read as previous books. this was due to the four letter expressions throughout the read. Ms McCoy has a gift  of writing and has written other better stories. The Aunt should come off as a "colorfull" character but after awhile is too much. I would have liked to hear more about her autistic nephew and his gift of music. Small town people donot talk like that although some do. Same as in other larger communities, not all need to use 4 letter words to express their feelings. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. Thought that the characters were well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read books by this author before but I was disappointed with this one. All the cuss words were distracting. No graphic sex. Not a chaste romance either. Won't be buying the rest of the series.
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This is okay, I guess... I might like the story more if the characters are more likable. I personally found "Jacob" to be an as<_>shole. Maybe you could develop his character more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please post comments at results with no story.<p> I got this idea from a real story.<p> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<p> "Ah, Jacob l've been looking for you!" The mail carrier called from her delivery van. The fat bi<_>tch, obviously too lazy to get out of the van, was waving her hand in a "come here" motion.<p> "Ma'am?" I asked as politely as l could, walking up to her. "Why do you call me?"<p> "I've got a package for you! Its in the back. Go on ahead and grab it out of the van. You will have to life the door up."<p> Dumb as<_>s, l thought to myself as l walked to the back of the van and lifted the door. There sat a rectangular box with a 'careful heavy' sticker on it. Hmm maybe thats why she didn't bother getting out to grab it. I looked around and then picked it up, expecting heavy as it said. Instead l jerked up and almost fell backwards. Dumb thing weighs at most five pounds. Maybe less.<p> "Yeah thanks for the sticker idiots," l muttered under my breath, clearly irritated.<p> "What was that?" The fat lady asked as l started out the back door of the van.<p> "Nothin' bi<_>tch," l said muttering the last part. I walked towords my house carrying the package, and she took of with a "have a nice day!"<p> I grunted and pulled my keys from my pocket, opening my door and setting the box down in my living room. It's not much of a house, but it's good enough. Only problem is the fact that this house's back door wont open due to some ja<_>ckas<_>s teenager and a hot glue gun.<p> I grabbed the box cutters from the kitchen, and walk back to the package in the living room. I squat down cutting the tape off the top of the package and replacing the box cutters in my pants pocket.<p> As l reach to open the box, l notice the return address sticker, it reads:<br> From: 666 13 st. Satan TX<br> To: 284 West hollyridge Ave. Denny TX<br> Have fun old sh<_>it!!!<br> What the heck? Stupid teenagers! Another prank l'm sure. Old my as<_>s! I am 34 respectably. Whatever, l think as l finish opening the box. Inside is something almost as confusing as the label itself.<p> "Is that an old set of army figures?" I mutter looking at the label picture on the box. It sure looks like it. The kind that are green or tan and don't move. They just stand on a piece of plastic, so you can stand it up.<p> "Great deals!" I read the box aloud, "contents: 12 automatic rifle militia men, 8 helicopters, 6 tanks, 5 medics complete with tents, 4 jeeps 3 anti aircraft launchers, 2 bazooka men, and one-"<p> Jacob frowned at the box. Was it just him or did it move? No thats stupid. He reached back down to move the flap of the box that had fallen back in the way, and reached down towords the box.<p> As his fingers touched the container, there was a loud pop noise and the lid shot up into the air, slamming into the cieling hard enough to leave a crack.<p> "Da<_>mn kids!" He yelled an octive higher than normal, as he scurred back his heart racing.<p> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<p> More will be at the next res. Please comment at a result with no story. ~&#167&#1108&#1026
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, will look for more in this series! About 250 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so sad when I turned the last page of this book! I wanted to live in Apple Valley, a small picturesque town, beautifully depicted. Filled with charming and loveable characters, The House on Main Street is such a touching story about family, love and letting dreams go for something unexpectedly wonderful. All of the characters are so loveable, especially Aunt Gertrude, who will undoubtedly leave you giggling throughout the entire book, and Alex, who will pull at your heart strings from the very moment you meet him. It's just a wonderful read from beginning to end! I can't wait for the next book in the series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sharing my thoughts~ Tessa's secret crush on Cade led her to bolt for the East Coast when Cade announced he was marrying her sister. Although that marriage never materialized, Tessa stuck it out in Annapolis and created a new life while Cade stayed in Apple Valley and became the sheriff he'd always said he was going to be. Back in town only to clear out the house after her sister's death, Tessa's now the guardian of her special needs nephew and a crazy aunt. I liked the quirkiness of all the characters, especially Aunt Gertrude.  &quot;Perched on a rickety stool a couple of feet away, a cigarette dangling from between her fingers and a Santa hat on her head, she looked like an ancient Christmas elf with an attitude.&quot; McCoy does a fantastic job creating the setting and small town drama of Apple Valley. I felt as if I trudged beside Tessa and Cade down a snow kissed Main Street. I could hear the hush fall over the tiny chapel as Alex poured out his heart on the piano, and then the sniffles of all the blue-headed ladies. I could even imagine the junky yard that separated Tess from her neighbor's. Apple Valley seems to grow on Tessa, too. &quot;People sniffed and sobbed, and Tess was pretty sure someone snapped a photo. No doubt they'd be on the front page of the morning newspaper, but she didn't mind. In Apple Valley people cared about the little things, the quiet things, the things that were easy to miss if one didn't look carefully enough.&quot; Initially, Tessa was angry that her sister had left her another mess to clean up. Tessa worked through the whole range of emotions, from anger to grief, and finally to acceptance of her new family unit. I appreciate how this story prompted me to delve deeper into relationships, specifically within my own family. And why does it take someone dying to make us realize how special they are? To yearn for one more day? I'm a long-time fan of Shirlee McCoy's Love Inspired Suspense books, so when I found out she was writing a series for Kensington Books, I was curious about how her writing style would vary.  I would have enjoyed this book more without the colorful language. I appreciated that it didn't contain any graphic bedroom scenes and that the &quot;heat&quot; level didn't require a loss of clothes. Actually, the higher intensity made the characters and the story seem much more realistic to me. :) Overall, if you're looking for an emotional journey with a satisfying ending, McCoy delivers big time! Disclaimer: Sending a big thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy of The House on Main Street. The opinions expressed here are my own, and I received no compensation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AND SO DOES YOUR MOM!!!! OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complete bullsh<_>it.
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NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
The House on Main Street By: Shirlee McCoy Copyright: November 2013 Publisher: Zebra In Apple Valley, Washington, friends are always near, neighbors have no secrets&mdash;even if they'd like to&mdash;and long-held wishes have a way of coming true&hellip; Interior designer Tessa McKenzie has built a good life far from her Washington hometown. She intends to get back to it&mdash;as soon as she sells the cluttered Victorian house and antiques shop she inherited from her sister, Emily. But leaving Apple Valley a second time won't be so easy. There's her grieving nephew, Alex, to consider. And there's Sheriff Cade Cunningham, the adolescent crush who could easily break her heart again if she let him. To Cade, Tessa was simply his high school sweetheart's kid sister. But now there's no denying she's a beautiful and caring grown woman, one he'd like to get to know. Except that Tessa is determined to leave again. If Cade wants to change her mind, he'll have to show her that small-town life has its lovable side&mdash;and that he does too. Most of all, he'll have to convince Tess they're good together, and that every step has led her right where she was always meant to be&hellip; This is not your everyday contemporary romance. This is a story of a sister who died along with her husband at the hands of a drunk driver, and a sister who left home to make her own way in life without having to clean up her older sister&rsquo;s messes anymore. Tessa built up a life on the East Coast and after seven long years is about to reap the benefits of all her hard work. Finding out that her sister has left her everything including all her debts and her ten year old autistic son is almost too much for her to deal with. Her plan of cleaning out the family home, selling it and moving her nephew and senior citizen aunt back east with her is the best she can think of. Meeting her old crush Cade who is now the town sheriff isn&rsquo;t making things easier either. Cade wants her to stay in Apple Valley and is doing everything he can to make it happen. The crotchety neighbor next door is doing all he can to get them cited for the condition of their property hoping that he can buy it on the cheap. This puts a lot of stress on Tessa&rsquo;s already stressed out nerves. What happens to this family and how Tessa decides to stay and build her sister&rsquo;s decrepit home and &ldquo;Antique Shop&rdquo; into a money making business with the hope of supplying her old boss with quality items for his very successful decorating business. You will cry, cringe, laugh and love The House on Main Street. FTC Full Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher who asked only for a fair and impartial review.