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BY THE SEA, Book One: TESS Kindle Edition

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"A quality, original book. Antoinette Stockenberg has done her homework. The saga ... contains many of those little epiphanies, those moments of recognition. It is what makes, for example, Book One: TESS stand out from the rash of novels on class conflicts between Irish servants and their Yankee masters."
--Providence Journal

"A riveting saga/mystery. Ms. Stockenberg is a master of intrigue and romance ... she expertly leads readers through nearly a century of drama in the elegant, fascinating, and thrilling world of yacht racing [culminating in] a compelling mystery. This novel will provide smooth sailing for summer reading."
--Rave Reviews

"The action moves along at a speed that makes it virtually impossible to put the book down. If I had had the time I could have read it non-stop, and I nearly did .... Here is a book to satisfy every sort of reader--those who crave fast action, Newport aficionados, and the romantics among us who love happy endings."
--Newport This Week Magazine

"Sizzling [and] entertaining reading. The well-researched novel uses real people and places--such as the Vanderbilts and Dennis Conner--as a backdrop to the unfolding drama.
--Soundings Magazine

From the Author

I've heard from many of you about the original ending of TESS, and I have to admit, some of you were not happy with it. It's true that I ended the last chapter with a bit of a cliffhanger. But the book is the first of four in the saga, and your questions would certainly have been answered by the time you read the last page of the last book. Trust me on that.

However, there was a simple solution, in this digital age, to satisfy those of you who might want to learn more about Tess now and not later: a new last chapter. So I wrote one.  If you've already bought the original 16-chapter version of TESS, you can read the new Chapter 17 on my website at antoinettestockenberg.com .

Of course, you'll learn even more about Tess in the later books, especially in Book Four, through the reminiscences of her granddaughter Mavis Moran.

Charles Dickens rewrote the ending of "Great Expectations" after hearing a reader's advice.  One and a half centuries later, he's still teaching novelists like me a thing or two.

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  • File Size: 1785 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Antoinette Stockenberg (June 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DOI6HDY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,341 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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USA Today bestselling novelist Antoinette Stockenberg grew up wanting to be a cowgirl and have her own horse (her great-grandfather bred horses for the carriage trade back in the old country), but the geography just didn't work out: there weren't many ranches in Chicago. Her other, more doable dream was to write books, and after stints as secretary, programmer, teacher, grad student, boatyard hand, office manager and magazine writer (in that order), she achieved that goal, writing over a dozen novels, several of them with paranormal elements. One of them is the RITA award-winning EMILY'S GHOST.

Stockenberg's books have been published in a dozen languages and are often set in quaint New England harbor towns, always with a dose of humor. She writes about complex family relationships and the fallout that old, unearthed secrets can have on them. Sometimes there's an old murder. Sometimes there's an old ghost. Sometimes once-lovers find one another after half a lifetime apart.

Her work has been compared to writers as diverse as Barbara Freethy, Nora Roberts, LaVyrle Spencer and Mary Stewart by critics and authors alike, and her novels have appeared on bestseller lists in USA Today as well as the national bookstore chains. Her website features sample chapters, numerous reviews, many photos, and an enchanting Christmas section. www.antoinettestockenberg.com

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JCS on August 21, 2013
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This book took me a bit of time to really get into it. After I finally did, I thought, "okay, this is pretty good, it just took awhile to really enjoy it". But what happens..........it ends without really letting me know what happens to the main character Tess. I realized there are several books to this series, but to just end and that is it. I started to read the excerpt from book 2, but in the short amount I read, no Tess is mentioned. I can assume, but if I want to assume, I would try to write my own book. If you have read the Stephen O'Brien series, he too just ends in the mist of a thought, but the next book picks up where he left off. Perhaps I should have read more into book 2, but by now I did not trust the author to gain my trust and then I would be disappointed again. I do not usually write a review, but this annoyed me so much I felt the need. Good luck, but don't forget, it just ends with the main character hanging in mid-air....at least to me. That is why I gave it a 2 star review and not a 3 star. It would not have received a 4 star anyway, because of the slow start.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By janmac on March 8, 2014
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Spoiler Alert!!! Just finished the 3rd book - what a disappointment. Wanted to place my review at the beginning to save others from wasting money on this. First, it's not even a trilogy, not even remotely. Each book is literally chopped off at the end and the characters are never heard from again. We never see Tess again after this book, the second book is a snooze fest. STILL, I kept reading, figuring the story would come together, it didn't. In the third book, the descendants of these characters are pitiful. One is a paranoid, friendless backstabbing loner, one is left with a paraplegic father, and the third has had his life long dream stolen twice. We never get answers to the most basic questions, like who is Colin and what is his real story? Amanda and Laura's descendants marry and the fact that they were friends is never mentioned?

The love relationships are lame. In each book, the characters fall into each other's arms without any kind of interaction. Tess is paid to sleep with Aaron who then falls in love with her immediately. Laura falls in love with Clive, a guy that sceeved her out when she first met him and distrusted him, Geoff falls in love with Amanda, a woman he thought spoiled and shallow(she is and had a total personality change), and Quinta fell in love with Alan after meeting him once as a teen and not seeing him again for years.

At the end, we're left with a story about a wannabe America's Cup contender with a psycho wife, sleeping with a heartless woman, who falls in love immediately with a woman barely out of her teens.

I really did not need to waste the time or money to get to a book 3 with such a stupid plot. Ms. Stockbridge has written many books that I've enjoyed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Jimenez on August 5, 2013
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I will start this review by saying that I have read several of Stockenberg books and each time it ended, I wanted a sequel to it just to get a mini fix for that partiicular book...

When I saw this book I was pleased to see that it was a Series and "Woo Hoo", (picture if you will, the happy dance that Ace Ventura does on the lawn of the mental institution, tutu and All) the author was connected to my thoughts!!!
However, this book was a such a disappointment, for me, it had no meat, and no true characters in which to connect to. I kept waiting for the other shoe to "drop" so to say at some point. But never did...;(

Sorry, but not not favorite..................... thanks for the opportunity to review.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By deodara on July 30, 2013
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Hooray--something to give me a Downton Abbey "fix" between seasons! I'd read most of Antoinette Stockenberg's books, so I had high expectations for this one. It does not disappoint: the setting and characters are so vivid in the book, I find myself "watching" the story in my head--just as if I'm sitting down with a bowl of popcorn in front of a Downton episode. So looking forward to reading ("seeing") the rest of the series.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Barb Grisard on July 21, 2013
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By The Sea, Tess was easy to read and enjoyable. I read right through it without stopping. It had some twists to the story that were not predicted. Not a book to put you at the edge of your seat, but it resembled an adult fairy tale.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeane Fleck on April 17, 2014
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Right up to the end of Chapter 15, I thought I'd found a wonderful new series and author to read then an entirely different person took over the writing. For the few remaining chapters to the end, what was a very promising story, became an unbelievably poorly executed and abrupt excuse of a finish. It almost seems as though the author had a deadline and just stopped writing. I would love to have that first writer come back and finish her/his story in the style and competence with which it was begun. If this is how Ms. Stockenberg writes (half stories) I won't be reading any of her books anytime soon if ever. Sooooooo disappointed. Broke every rule of good writing from Chapter 16 on.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ZanneK on August 22, 2013
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the setting of this book was interesting and the picture of life at that time was pretty descriptive. A good quick read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JudyCMH on August 25, 2013
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The beginnings when a roof and meal may be all you get. Yet you have others you are responsible for as she was for her sister,
The events that bring her to the attention of a young man and then the love that follows.
Great story.
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