Wind Chime Point (Ocean Breeze Series #2)

Wind Chime Point (Ocean Breeze Series #2)

by Sherryl Woods

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When life gets complicated, New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods proves family—and love—can make all the difference

Facing a personal crisis, ambitious and driven Gabriella Castle retreats to the welcoming arms of her family. Everything she's worked for has been yanked out from under her, and she seeks the serenity of her grandmother's home on the North Carolina coast. With difficult decisions to make about her future, the last thing she wants is an unexpected love.

Wade Johnson fell for Gabi the first time he saw her. It's not the only time he's found himself in the role of knight in shining armor, but Gabi isn't looking for a rescuer. To get her to stay, Wade will need a whole lot of patience and gentle persuasion…and maybe the soothing sound of wind chimes on a summer breeze.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778314424
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Ocean Breeze Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 76,409
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in that distinctive setting, whether in her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. Sherryl is best known for her ability to creating endearing small town communities and families. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition.

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Unemployed and pregnant! Those were two words Gabriella Castle had never envisioned applying to her, at least not in combination. Now, in a twist of fate she couldn't possibly have anticipated, she was out of work and, just as shocking, expecting a baby. So much for years of fast-track career dedication and workaholic tendencies!

Sitting in the middle of her comfortably furnished living room in Raleigh, North Carolina, Gabi stared at a painting that had cost more than some people made in a year. Her sister Emily had talked her into it when she'd stayed overnight a few weeks ago. She'd seen it in some fancy auction catalog—Sotheby's or someplace like it—and insisted it would be just the thing to pull all the colors in Gabi's haphazardly decorated living room together.

"Besides that, it's a great investment," Emily had said enthusiastically. "In a few years, it will probably triple in value."

Gabi wondered if she could simply get her money back now. She was probably going to need it.

In the meantime, she couldn't help wondering if her sister could come up with a painting—or a magical formula—that would pull her life together.

Even though it had been three days since she'd walked into her boss's office expecting to be commended on her latest public-relations campaign for their biomedical company, only to leave the room with a severance package, she still couldn't quite believe what had happened. She'd been working since she was eighteen, climbing the corporate ladder since she'd turned twenty-one.

Driven by ambition and the determination to prove something to her father, she'd worked out a career plan even as she'd scheduled her college classes, taking a succession of internships and summer jobs to gain the experience that would land her a top-notch job after graduation. She'd hoped that job would be with her dad, but Sam Castle had turned her down flat.

Once hired by a competing company and more driven than ever, she'd made a meteoric rise to become the company's top public-relations executive by the time she was twenty-eight. Everyone had assumed there would be a vice presidency in her future. She'd certainly earned it.

Unfortunately, it seemed that particular career path didn't blend with being an unmarried mother, not in certain circles, anyway.

Not that her boss had dared to fire her. No, Amanda Warren had just made it impossible for her to stay. She'd outlined a plan that would keep Gabi well hidden from the judgmental world for the duration of the pregnancy. Beyond that, well, the handwriting had been on the wall. Her days of being a high-profile spokeswoman for the company were over.

She could have stayed and fought, but still reeling from the news that she was pregnant, she hadn't had the energy for a legal battle. She'd opted instead to negotiate a buyout that would give her a smidgen of dignity, a decent severance package and time to consider her options for the future.

A future that included a baby! That was, of course, the real kicker—the unexpected news that had first left her stunned and shaken and launched this downward spiral.

It wasn't that she hadn't understood that no method of protection was a hundred percent foolproof, but she'd thought birth control pills and condoms together were reasonably effective. Her boyfriend of five years, Paul Langley, had thought so, too. In fact, he'd been so certain of it, his first reaction had been to suggest that the baby couldn't possibly be his.

Then, once convinced of the truth, he'd said she was on her own, that a baby wasn't part of their deal. She hadn't even been aware that their relationship was a "deal" only as long as it was convenient for him.

As she was pondering just how wildly out of control her life suddenly was, her phone rang. According to the caller ID, it was her older sister, Samantha. Knowing Sam would just keep calling until Gabi picked up, she answered, trying to inject an upbeat note into her voice.

"When you didn't answer your cell phone, I called your office and was told you no longer work there," Samantha said, sounding suitably stunned. "What's going on?"

Gabi sighed. So much for any chance of keeping her professional catastrophe a secret from her family, at least for a while longer. "I quit," she explained to her sister. "Or was forced out, depending on your point of view."

"But why?" Samantha inquired, her tone indignant. "Not because you took some time off to go help Grandmother after the hurricane, I hope."

"No, of course not. They understood about that, and I had a ton of vacation time coming to me. They owed me that time off. If that had been an issue, they'd have let me go months ago."

"Then why?" Sam asked, sounding gratifyingly bewildered. "You gave that company a national presence. What's wrong with those ungrateful wretches?"

Gabi smiled at the fierce defense. "Actually, it was the work that gave them a national reputation. I just spread the word."

"There you go, being all humble, but we both know the truth." Samantha hesitated, then asked, "What are you going to do now, Gabi? Have you decided? I know how important that job was to you. It was your life."

"And how pitiful is that?" Gabi said, seeing clearly for the first time what a mistake it had been to focus almost exclusively on work. Her relationship with Paul had definitely taken a backseat, something that had suited them both. Unfortunately, given his attitude over recent developments, she doubted that even fulltime devotion would have changed anything.

"You'll do things differently next time," Samantha soothed. "Now you know that no corporation is worth expending all that time and energy on, not when they can treat you like this. Have you started looking yet?"

"I'm still trying to wrap my mind around what's happened," Gabi admitted, which was putting it mildly. "With the severance package they gave me, I have some time."

"Well, you know some other company will scoop you right up. Call Dad. He has a million contacts in that whole biomedical research world down there. Maybe he'll even rethink his previous stance about not hiring family and hire you himself."

"Not now," Gabi said. Not only did she not want her father to know about the pregnancy just yet, she had a hunch it would pose a problem with other old-fashioned employers, as well. As for her dad, well, his reaction wasn't something she was ready to contemplate.

"Why not now?" Samantha pressed. "This is one of those rare instances when Dad really could help. He'd even want to."

"I'm not so sure," Gabi said. Her father was as conservative as anyone. He was very conscious of the need in their field to make the right impression, to demonstrate a seriousness of purpose, no mistakes allowed, personal or professional. He'd been equally rigid with his family. She had a feeling he'd side with her boss and, if that was the case, she didn't want to know it until she had her feet back under her and a plan in place.

"Is there something you're not telling me?" Samantha asked suspiciously. "I know you. It's not like you to let any grass grow under your feet. I'm surprised you didn't have another job lined up by the end of the day."

"Haven't you heard? These are tough times."

"And you're very good at what you do and have the perfect mentor in Dad. Of all of us, you're the closest to him. Why don't you want to ask for his help?"

Since it was clear Samantha wasn't going to let this go, Gabi sucked in a deep breath, then blurted, "Because I'm going to have a baby, that's why." She nearly choked on the sob that came with the words.

Dead silence greeted the announcement, before Samantha finally said softly, "Holy saints in heaven! A baby, Gabi? Are you sure?"

"Do you think I'd have mentioned it to my boss if I hadn't been sure?" Gabi said dryly.

"And that's why they let you go?" Samantha asked, clearly shocked. "Isn't that illegal?"

"Technically they didn't let me go. They demoted me, so I negotiated a buyout. A win-win for everyone, according to Amanda. Who knew she was a better spin master than I ever dreamed of being?" Gabi said, unable to keep a bitter note out of her voice.

"Okay, let's forget the job for the moment. It doesn't matter," Samantha said. "The baby's Paul's."

Gabi was grateful that there'd been no question mark at the end of her sister's statement. "Of course."

"How'd he take it?"

"As if I'd committed a felony. Needless to say, he's no longer in the picture."

"The rat," Samantha said with feeling. "I never did like him."

Despite the tense atmosphere, Gabi smiled. "You never even met him."

"And that's precisely why I didn't like him. What kind of man doesn't want to meet his girlfriend's family? He never even showed his face when we were helping Grandmother after the hurricane."

"And what a blessing that probably was. Give him a hammer and he'd probably do more harm than good."

"Not what you need in a man," Samantha declared. "Now Wade Johnson? He's the kind of man to have around in a crisis."

Gabi stiffened at the out-of-the-blue mention of the man who'd been underfoot nonstop while they were making repairs to the family restaurant, Castle's by the Sea, after the hurricane. "Why would you bring him up?"

"Because he was around after the storm, just like Boone. And I saw the way Wade looked at you, as if he'd never seen anyone so perfect in his entire life."

"You're crazy."

"Let me remind you that I said the same thing to our sister about Boone, and look at the two of them now. In a few months Emily and Boone will be married, assuming he can convince her to finally set a date. I'm good at this stuff, Gabi. I recognize heat between men and women, even when they're both in denial."

"Well, you're wrong this time. Besides, don't you think the timing is just a little off for me to be thinking about a relationship? I'm going to be having another man's baby in a few months."

Samantha sucked in a deep breath at the reminder.

"Are you at least happy about that?" she asked hesitantly. "A baby, Gabi! That is so incredible."

Gabi rested a hand on her belly, felt the faint stirring there. The first time she'd felt that tiny life inside her, she'd fallen in love. Being pregnant might be inconvenient. It might not have been the result of a love match. It might have cost her a job, but she already loved this baby more than anything. She'd do whatever it took to protect it and make sure it had everything it deserved…including two parents who would treasure this priceless gift when the time came.

"I'm thinking about adoption," she admitted to Samantha, deciding to test the idea she'd mentioned to no one else.

Her words were greeted by stunned silence.

"Samantha? You still there?"

"You'd give up the baby?"

Gabi closed her eyes. "I think it's the only way to make sure it has a good life. And, to be honest, I don't want to be tied to Paul through this child. I don't want to take a cent of support money from him. I don't want anyone so selfish in this child's life."

"Oh, sweetie, forget Paul for the moment," Samantha protested. "You can give this baby a good life. You can surround him or her with a whole family who'll fall in love the instant he or she is born."

"Babies shouldn't start life with an out-of-work single mother," Gabi said wearily.

"It's not as if you're going to be destitute. And you'll find another job when the time comes," Samantha insisted. "Plus, we'll all help. Me, Emily, Grandmother, even Dad will be on board. His first grandchild? You know he's going to be thrilled about this."

"Is he really?" Gabi asked skeptically, sounding more like Emily than herself. Emily was the one who never gave their father credit for having deep feelings for any of them. Besides, Sam Castle had hardly noticed his own children unless they were in trouble. It seemed unlikely he'd be over the moon about a grandchild. The image of him sitting in a rocker cuddling a baby was so incongruous, it was laughable.

"Well, you don't have to decide right this second," Samantha said, backing off to give her breathing room. "We'll talk about it when I see you."

"When you see me?" Gabi asked suspiciously. "Since when are you planning a trip back down here?"

"I'm driving home tomorrow," Samantha said, as if the trip had been scheduled for days, rather than minutes. "Meet me in Sand Castle Bay. You don't have anything to keep you in Raleigh right now, so no arguments. You've already said you're not looking for work just yet, so you might as well enjoy this unexpected time off. You need sunshine and sea breezes to put this in perspective. You know you do. You'll see things much more clearly then."

"I'm not sure I'm ready to lay this on Grandmother just yet."

"Be there or Emily and I will come and drag you over there bodily, if we have to," Samantha insisted, refusing to cut her any slack.

"Emily's there now?" Gabi asked, surprised. "I thought she was working night and day at this new job in Los Angeles."

"She also has a wedding to plan. And she's still after Grandmother to do a little modernizing of the decor at Castle's. She and Boone flew in a couple of days ago. She claims she wants our opinion on the wedding plans. That's why I called in the first place, to let you know we've been called into action."

Gabi laughed. "Since when does Emily listen to anything you or I have to say when it comes to her life?"

"She says there are incredible weddings on those soaps I've been on, and I should know a thing or two. And we're both her sisters, and we're to be in the wedding party. I'd suggest if you don't want to wind up wearing a very unflattering shade of whatever color's in fashion in Hollywood these days, you need to be there to speak up. Listen to me. I'm the oldest. I know best."

Gabi laughed. "Since when? I've always been the sensible one. Everyone knows that."

"If that were true, how'd you land in this mess?" Samantha taunted. "See you tomorrow, sweetie. And don't worry. This is going to work out. I promise."

Gabi hung up and sighed. Sand Castle Bay was the very last place she wanted to go right now, but Samantha was right about one thing. It was exactly where she belonged.

What People are Saying About This

Woods always thrills with her wonderful characters, witty dialogue and warm and loving family interactions." -RT Book Reviews

"Woods . . . is noted for appealing character-driven stories that are often infused with the flavor and fragrance of the South." -Library Journal

"Woods really knows what readers have come to expect from her stories, and she always gives them what they want. Here, she pens another great love story populated with funny, witty and charming characters, written with great care." -RT Book Reviews on Where Azaleas Bloom

"Woods knows how to paint a vivid picture that encourages the reader to feel the emotions of her characters...everyone will be able to relate to this book." -RT Book Reviews on Catching Fireflies

"Infused with the warmth and magic of the season, Woods's fourth addition to her popular small-town series once again unites the unruly, outspoken, endearing O'Brien clan in a touching, triumphant tale of forgiveness and love reclaimed." -Library Journal on A Chesapeake Shores Christmas

"Warm, complex and satisfying." -Library Journal on Harbor Lights

"Launching the Chesapeake Shores series, Woods creates an engrossing. . . family drama."-Publishers Weekly on The Inn at Eagle Point

"Woods's readers will eagerly anticipate her trademark small-town setting, loyal friendships and honorable mentors as they meet new characters and reconnect with familiar ones in this heartwarming tale." -Booklist on Home in Carolina

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Wind Chime Point 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. Can't wait til the 3rd one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But good story, no crazy sex . Wonder if there reslly is a Wade out there. He dounds too goo to be real.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A nice light read (#2 in the Ocean Breeze series) with some of the same characters in the first book of the series; however, this one concentrates on Gabbie and Wade - leaving the corporate life, pregnant and divorced and finds solace in this quaint NC coastal town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were well thought out, and liked the storyline. Good fast read..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally love this book .the athor wittes really good stories
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Wind Chime Point by Sherryl Woods This family saga concentrates on Gabriella Castle when she finds herself pregnant and without a job. Love that this is a series that just started and it's real easy to follow all the lives of those in the story without being so confused. Her boyfriend of 5 years is now out of the picture and she's terrified to raise a baby on her own, with no job now. Emily is back in town for a bit to plan her wedding and Samantha is helping her so they will all get together for more planning. The story also follows Wade, one of Boone's construction workers that does magic with wood that Gabi had taking a liking to when she was helping with the aftermath of the hurricane damage at her grandmother's restaurant in NC. Love what the wind chimes have to do with not only the title. Also Sam's life is in turmoil, her acting career in NY and the girls discuss it and come up with ideas for her to pursue. One more book in this 3 sisters trilogy set in NC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in this wonderful series is all about new beginnings and working really hard towards them. Gabbi gets some very hard knocks at the beginning of the book. She comes home to heal and find out what her future will be. And, Wade is working hard to be sure of his place in her future. Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how the ever practical gabi has her life turned upside down struggles and finds her way. Wonderful story, great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT Book!! Loved the story and the characters!!
cjp0 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful series. You will love Gabi & Wade. Man with patience. Can't wait for the last book.
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story of Gabriella and Wade.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Gabriella Castle finds herself pregnant and out of a job. Returning home to the loving arms and support of her grandmother and sisters, Gabi must make some difficult life changing decisions. She never expected to find such strong support in Wade Johnson, but he becomes someone she can really lean on. The problem is Gabi isn’t ready to trust a man again, she has enough going on in her life... Wade lost his wife and their unborn child in an accident. Now he is starting to live again, she is drawn to Gabi Castle. He knows he must be patient and careful with Gabi and her fragile state. So will Wade loose his heart once again when he puts it on the line or will Gabi see what is right in front of her? Wind Chime Point is a sweet, wholesome, heartfelt love story! Beautifully descriptive, Sherryl Wood captures the soul of a town everyone wants to call home. The characters are fascinating and real, their struggles relatable and the romance sweet and tender. This is a perfectly enjoyable love story that will warm your heart. This ARC copy of Wind Chime Point was given to me by Harlequin MIRA in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication April 30, 2013.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars Wind Chime Point (Ocean Breeze)book 2 Wind Chime Point is so beautiful in so many ways. The scenery sounds so lovely that it makes me want to go to the beach and watch the waves. The people or cast of characters are so warm and welcoming on the most part. Gabi's family is behind her and some are pushing her one way or the other out of love. Gabriella has always known what she wants and plans it down to a degree. She has had a strong desire to succeed and make her father proud of her. Now her life is in a mess. She realized she is pregnant, told the father and he wants no part of it,told her boss and got fired. Now she is telling her family. She has come to her Grandmother and Sand Castle Bay where she and her sisters spent every summer growing up. Wade Johnson works with wood. Gabi's grandmother has tried to get them together. Wade realizes it and is attracted to Gabi even though he knows she has a boyfriend. Wade did some work at her cafe after the hurricane did some damage. He comes in daily for pie and a little news of Gabi. When Gabi come into the cafe to see her grandmother and surprised to see Wade. He sees she is pregnant and gets her to sit and talk to him. When he hears that the father is not in the picture, he gets Gabi to agree to go out with him to dinner & a movie as friends. Gabi is having a hard time making up her mind what to do next. Should she give the baby up for adoption? Get in a new field of work? Ask her father for a job? She lets Wade keep distracting her from making new plans. Gabi gets the idea that she wants to learn how to make wind chimes. Emily her sister keeps flying into town to make wedding decisions with her family. She is happy and her fiancée is opening up a new restaurant on the west coast to be with her for now. Samantha is wondering if she should give up being a actress. She is at a age where it is harder to get good roles. Her Grandmother is finding a guy for her too. It is a good family to have around when things are out of control. This is a good clean read. The road of discovery that Gabi goes through as she tries to figure what to do with her future. Wade in being a sounding board and letting Gabi find her way but still let her know that he wants to be part of her future is good to see. I can't wait to see what happens in the third book of this series. I really like Sherryl woods books. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review by Netgalley. Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (April 30, 2013) 400 pages ISBN-10: 0778314421
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Gabi Castle finds out she is pregnant, her boyfriend does not want anything to do with the baby, and she loses her job because she is pregnant.  Retreating to her grandmother’s home in North Carolina she knows that difficult decisions have to be made and with her families support she will find the answers and possibly more. Wade Johnson met Gabi at her grandma, Cora Jane’s, restaurant when he was doing repairs caused by storm damage and fell for her immediately.  Using patience and gently persuasion he hopes to win her heart and get her to stay with him and make them a family. Wind Chime Point is the second book in the Ocean Breeze Series and I highly anticipated it.  Sherryl Woods did not let me down.  At the end of the first novel I knew something was going to happen to Gabi, but never did I foresee her being pregnant. I loved that there were lists for everything.  For pros and cons, lists for things to be done, lists for Gabi’s future goals.  If you walk into my house you will see lists.  This was something I easily related to and understood.  The research and lists showed how independent and serious Gabi was about making her future her own and making she was making the correct choices. The relationship of Wade and Gabi’s was amazing.  The support and patience Wade showed in letting Gabi make her own decisions in her own time make him the dream man.  His gentle guidance and suggestion made his sensitivity shine.  The ending of their story was perfect even if it was predictable.  Getting there was so much fun. Waiting for book three to be released will be tough and I have already added it to my list of books to be on the lookout for.  In the meantime I will revisit  the first two books often and recommend them to all my friends.
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
Gabriella Castle, has found herself in a crisis, she is pregnant, dumped and jobless. So she returns to to the small town on the North Carolina Coast and her welcoming family. Gabi finds herself in turmoil because her whole world has gone topsy turvy and she wants the serenity of her sisters and her meddling grandmother. Gabi has to make decisions in what to do with her life and if she will even keep this baby or give it up for adoption. Her plate is so full that the last thing she wants is a man with forever on his mind to start hanging around. Wade Johnson, Master Carpenter, has had it bad for Gabi since he first set eyes on her. Wade was once married to a school friend and she and the baby she was carrying died in an accident. This baby did not belong to Wade and now Gabi believes he has this White Knight Syndrome and believes that she needs to be rescued. He must prove to her that he loves her for her and convince her to stay and build a life for her, baby and with him. He will need lots of a patience and persuasion but he knows he's up for the job, after all, it involves a life filled with HEA and wind chimes....
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CJ10 More than 1 year ago
Don't read on if you don't want partial spoiler.  I wish there was a way to search for beach and HEA. I LOVED this book. And it's rather inspired me as well. great summer beach read. It's a feel good kind of book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiled, touching noses with Coralfur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in, shaking. She looks around wearly, then collapses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello, Darkpool. You have been accepted. Read Cat Commity result 6 & The CCC Base result 4.
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"Frostpaw! Frostpaw!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He lept on High Stones. He called for the clan to gather. "Nightpaw, step foward. You need a mentor. Moonshine will be your mentor. Moonshine, you are brave and kind, pass these down to young Nightpaw." He lept off cheering, "Nightpaw!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the series. You really get to know the characters and it was funny learning more about Gabby. Cant wait to read the next book
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