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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Tree Press (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892343363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892343369
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds a Master’s degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writer’s of America. A New Leaf is her first novel and was one of two winners in Oak Tree Press’s Timeless Love contest in 2004. At present she teaches high school social studies.

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Born and raised in South Carolina, I hold a master's degree in personnel services from Clemson University and am a member of Romance Writers of America, EPIC authors, and Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators. I've been married for thirty five years to my college sweetheart. We have two sons-a physicist and a fraud investigator. They've given us three wonderful grandchildren-one girl and two boys. We also have two mean cats and one sweet, brown dog.

I've been writing since 2001 when my son asked me to proofread a book he'd written. I figured if he could, so could I. My first published novel, A New Leaf, was the winner of the 2003 Timeless Love contest. If I wasn't sold on writing before, that did it. I've been writing ever since and don't have any plans to stop. Frankly, I don't think I could even if I wanted to. Writing is a strange compulsion that drives me to spend long hours in front of a keyboard when I could be doing important things like napping or eating chocolate. My house isn't dusted as often, I rarely cook, and who cares if the laundry got done or not. Yeah, no doubt about it, I'm addicted.


When I'm not writing or teaching I enjoy gardening, quilting, and trying new restaurants with my friends. You can learn more about me at my web site http://www.elainecantrell.com and at http://www.myspace.com/elainecantrell I also have a blog at http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com

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By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Twenty-six year old Elizabeth "Betsy" McLaughlin has it all. She is the executive assistant to her father, Ward, who owns "The Office Manager", has grown up in one of the richest families of Covington, and is engaged to Todd Warner. Todd is the son of a wealthy, socially prominent family and Ward's assistant manager. Betsy thought that her life could get no better. But then Kyle began working at the company.
Kyle Alexander has finished his five year prison sentence for armed robbery and is newly paroled. His lawyer has pulled some strings to land him a cheap apartment and a job as a fork lift operator. Kyle is determined to turn over a new leaf. From now on he is on the straight and narrow. But when the boss's daughter, Betsy, begins making moves on him, Kyle cannot resist.
*** When high-society and low-society get together there is A LOT of changes in the future. The one from the rich background must adjust to a much, much lower income. Money is now a problem. The one from the poor background must feel tremendous pressure to support the new spouse. Author Elaine Cantrell did a wonderful job in showing all of that.
My problem with the story is the major immaturity of the two main characters, especially Betsy. She comes across as if she is teenager with no brains. Kyle sometimes comes across this way, but now nearly as often.
Todd comes across perfectly as the spoiled, rich guy. So does the characters named Jennifer and Marnie. I have hopes that each of these three characters will have their own stories told in the future. Recommended reading. ***
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
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I'm no book reviewer. I'm not even a romance novel fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale of ill-fated love.

The characters were believable and it was easy to care about the main characters. They seemed like people that you might know if you live around Greenville, SC. The plot has just enough twists and turns to make you angry, sympathetic and curious about how things will turn out.

If you want an easy, down to earth romance novel without the raunchiness then this is an excellent choice.
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Elaine mixes romance with real life choices. A New Leaf had me wondering "What would I do?" throughout the whole story. It was not just charming, but uplifting. It's a book that makes you smile inside and out. My only complaint was I hated putting it down!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Twenty-six year old Elizabeth "Betsy" McLaughlin has it all. She is the executive assistant to her father, Ward, who owns "The Office Manager", has grown up in one of the richest families of Covington, and is engaged to Todd Warner. Todd is the son of a wealthy, socially prominent family and Ward's assistant manager. Betsy thought that her life could get no better. But then Kyle began working at the company.

Kyle Alexander has finished his five year prison sentence for armed robbery and is newly paroled. His lawyer has pulled some strings to land him a cheap apartment and a job as a fork lift operator. Kyle is determined to turn over a new leaf. From now on he is on the straight and narrow. But when the boss's daughter, Betsy, begins making moves on him, Kyle cannot resist.

*** When high-society and low-society get together there is A LOT of changes in the future. The one from the rich background must adjust to a much, much lower income. Money is now a problem. The one from the poor background must feel tremendous pressure to support the new spouse. Author Elaine Cantrell did a wonderful job in showing all of that.

My problem with the story is the major immaturity of the two main characters, especially Betsy. She comes across as if she is teenager with no brains. Kyle sometimes comes across this way, but now nearly as often.

Todd comes across perfectly as the spoiled, rich guy. So does the characters named Jennifer and Marnie. I have hopes that each of these three characters will have their own stories told in the future. Recommended reading. ***

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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