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When Katherine Whitfield finds a chest containing some of her deceased mother's mementos, she leaves her sophisticated life in L.A. for Kentucky's thoroughbred-racing country, hoping to find the father she never knew. Armed with a quilt, a cufflink and a letter addressed to a man identified only by the initial J, Kat begins her search. But it seems every man in town has a name beginning with J, and every one of them has something to hide. Her only friend is Zach Tyler, a rough-hewn horse trainer. Zach supports her against the town's slimy characters but stands to lose everything when Kat discovers the truth about her parents. While stock ingredients--tortured hero, driven heroine, secrets galore--keep the story moving at a brisk pace, it's the behind-the-scenes peek at the world of horse racing that gives substance to Freethy's latest offering (after The Sweetest Thing). (Jan.)
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Driven by a need she barely understands to find a father who doesn't know she exists, Katherine Whitfield leaves her ordered existence in Los Angeles and heads for Paradise Valley, KY, armed only with a restaurant's name and a man's initial. But her quest quickly throws the town into chaos; and when her questions begin to lead to unexpected answers, Katherine begins to wonder if she really wants to find her family after all. A strong but vulnerable heroine who needs to belong, a worthy, driven hero determined to prove himself and live down his father's reputation, and a cast of well-developed, not always conventional secondary characters drive the plot, which also skillfully blends down-home country charm with a dash of horseracing fever. Unlike Freethy's earlier novels, this emotionally involving romance has no paranormal elements; it is sure to please her many fans--and garner her new ones. Freethy (The Sweetest Thing) is a RITA Award-winning writer of warm, contemporary romances and lives in the San Francisco area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Barbara Freethy (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098519975X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985199753
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,705,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 42 novels. Traditionally published for many years, in 2011 Barbara began self publishing her backlist and has sold over 5 million ebooks and as of today she is the bestselling KDP Author of ALL TIME! Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her book SUMMER SECRETS hit #1 on the New York Times and remained on the list for seven weeks. Other bestselling titles include ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (Callaways #1), DON'T SAY A WORD, GOLDEN LIES, ALL SHE EVER WANTED, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, RYAN'S RETURN, DANIEL'S GIFT, LOVE WILL FIND A WAY, SILENT RUN and TAKEN.

Barbara writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. She is known for writing emotional and compelling stories about love and family, sometimes with a little suspense, sometimes with a little magic.

She is currently writing a new contemporary family series, THE CALLAWAYS about a family born to "serve and protect" several as San Francisco firefighters!

Books available include
ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (#1)
SO THIS IS LOVE (#2)
FALLING FOR A STRANGER (#3)
BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER (#4)
NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella)
ALL A HEART NEEDS (#5)
THAT SUMMER NIGHT (#6)
WHEN SHADOWS FALL (#7)
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW (#8)

Over 1.5 million readers are enjoying the Callaway Series - this is one you won't want to miss!

Barbara also recently put out the first four books in the Bachelors & Bridesmaids series which include:

KISS ME FOREVER (#1)
STEAL MY HEART (#2)
ALL YOUR LOVING (#3)
BEFORE I DO (#4)

Visit Barbara's website at http://www.barbarafreethy.com
Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/BarbaraFreethy
Check out her Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/BarbaraFreethyBooks

Barbara lives in California with her husband and children. When she's not writing or reading, she's probably taking a long walk or playing tennis!

** Readers should know that the titles THE CUZZIAN HORSE and PATRICK MICHAEL O'REILLY'S 13TH SUMMER, which often appear mixed in with Barbara's titles, are written by a different author with the name of Barbara Freethy

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Barks Book Nonsense on June 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Katherine Whitfield never knew her father and lost her mother when she was only twelve. She longs for family ties, for roots, and most importantly for love. When she finds her mother's old trunk and discovers a letter that hints at the location of her father she drops everything and heads straight for Kentucky.
Katherine is searching for a map when she nearly collides with a trailer and meets a very unfriendly Zach Taylor. Zach is furious at Katherine's reckless driving and gives her an earful. The trailer she nearly hit contains his horse, Midnight Rogue, who he believes will win the Kentucky Derby. Despite his anger he stays with her until a tow-truck arrives.
Their attraction is immediate but a relationship seems to be an impossibility because Zach refuses to risk his heart after he was left at the altar by a woman he loved. He has no room in his life for a woman, he stubbornly insists. He only wants to win the Derby, own his own stud farm and live a quiet simple life without all of the complications that love is sure to bring along. Lucky for us he falls hard and fast for Katherine.
I tend to favor relationship driven novels about people who genuinely care for one another as opposed to those books where the couple spend the book calling each other nasty names and then immediately hop in the sack. That's why I enjoyed "Almost Home" so much. The relationship between Zach and Katherine begins with a lusty attraction that gradually deepens into a friendship and eventually develops into love. It's clear to see that these two down-to-earth people genuinely "like" each other and aren't mistaking infatuation with love. The end result is an intensely satisfying love story.
If you're in the mood for a slower-paced, feel good romance that isn't plagued by the unnecessary subplots that are far too common in contemporary romances give this one a try.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2000
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Almost Home is a wonderful, engrossing book and kept me reading long past midnight. I especially loved the hero, Zach. Mmmmhmmm. I was also immediately drawn to the setting--Kentucky bluegrass country--as well as the very interesting background of thoroughbred horse racing. Almost Home is a keeper, romantic without being unrealistic, and with a surprise twist at the end. Once again, Barbara Freethy has written one from the heart!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
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Almost Home, Barbara Freethy's latest, will keep you guessing from page one. Who's the heroine's father? Will she fall for the sexy horse trainer? Lots of emotion, lots of suspense, lots of romance. My kind of book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda on December 17, 2001
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I really like Barbara Freethy's work and this is a good book, but I like some of her others better. Kat is a young woman living in California and working for her stepfather who has raised her since her mother died when she was 12. She never quite feels truly loved by him and feels a strong desire to find her own father. She has never known who he is but finds possible clues in her mother's old chest. These clues lead her to a small town in Kentucky and to men with J's in their names. She meets Zach when she almost runs into him and his horse trailer. His horse is on its way to the Kentucky Derby and Zach is trying to prove himself to the town. While waiting for the tow truck, she confides in him why she has come to this town. He believes she is just a city girl who should go back home. Kat is not deterred and proceeds to ruffle feathers of men with J's in their names.
While I guessed who her father was early on, it was entertaining to see how her appearance in town caused so much commotion. I thought the relationship between Kat and Zach was good, and his cowboy "from the wrong side of the tracks" feeling was interesting. I was a little skeptical about his spending time with Kat looking through photos just days before the Kentucky Derby a little hard to swallow, as well as what goes on at the Derby that day but it ties everything together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Take a Journey with a Book on October 25, 2011
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I am becoming a big fan, apparently, of all of Barbara's books! Once again, I found myself caught up in the action of the book as the main character, Katherine, travels with her late mother's treasure chest and a few other clues, to try and locate a mysterious un-named man who she believes to be the father she never knew. On this identity quest, Katherine, meets Zach, a complex man who has her senses on high alert. Katherine will find that the townspeople are not all that willing to help her uncover the secret of her father's identity. In fact, there are many in the town who appear a bit nervous on what Katherine's investigation will uncover. What Katherine finds, shakes up the foundation of her life as she previously knew it. Why had her mother chosen to lie to her? Where will her feelings for Zach lead? Enjoy this romance novel as years of secrets and lies slowly unravel into the undeniable truth.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LaurieJ on January 26, 2000
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I really enjoyed this book. The hero was my favorite kind, a rough around the edges guy, strong, sexy, intense. The heroine was a good match with lots of heart and passion. But most of all I loved the way the other characters played around them. The older women were so interesting, one reminded me of my mother! Ms. Freethy does such a great job writing stories that feel so real and yet are still so magical.
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