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Bayview Heights Trilogy Kindle Edition

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Length: 712 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2882 KB
  • Print Length: 712 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063TDLIU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first 'romance,' a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists - and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path.

Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women's college she attended in upstate New York. Instead, other dreams took precedence. She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who'd attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use. But says Kathryn, "I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that."

Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. But by the early 1990s, she'd again made room in her life for writing. It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents. Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered. And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn Shay sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance.

Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty-two books for Harlequin, ten mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format.

Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations - readers say they feel they know the people in her books - and her heart-wrenching, emotional writing (her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them). In testament to her skill, the author has had a one of her books serialized in the December 2003 COSMOPOLITAN magazine and has been quoted in PEOPLE and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. She has won five RT BookClub Magazine Reviewers Choice Awards, three Holt Medallions, two Desert Quill Awards, the Golden Leaf Award, and several online accolades.

Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn. She finished out her teaching career in 2004, retiring from the same school where her career began. These days, she lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. "My life is very full," she reports, "but very happy. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to pursue and achieve my dreams."

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Toen-Sayer on August 26, 2013
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Reading a trilogy! Great. Book after book with interesting people and many many varied situations. Each book contained a wonderful story throughout and kept you turning the pages to see what would happen next. The school itself was absolutely brilliant and gave such a varied school curriculum especially for the kids that had problems - and there were many. The authoress showed a vast amount of psychology in my opinion, or such a book could not have been so brilliant. Her scope of understanding so many aspects of human behavior made her writing and her characters so very intriguing and interesting. In each book there was an extremely good story line with all sorts of situations and challenges both the students and staff had to contend with. Each book contained a romance and you found yourself sympathizing with every character and every difficulty they faced along the way. The following books in the trilogy didn't leave you wondering about the first set of characters, they were very tastefully included in the next books in an very endearing manner. The students got up to lots of good and bad things which made interesting reading, but their encouraged involvement in the school helped them immensely to become the young adults they were supposed to be. One of the teachers in the first book had been a rebel herself as a teener, so she could certainly engage and understand her students. They really loved and respected her and that's great when you have that sort of rapport with your class. The head of the school was also a great friend to the staff and really had the interests of the school and kids at heart and you love it when eventually he finds the love of his life and all they have to overcome to be together.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cobblos8 on July 21, 2013
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How can one resist falling for the characters in these books. Cassie, Mitch, Kurt, Seth, Lacey,Zoe, Johnny, Phillip, the Caulfield Chicks, and others represent a broad spectrum of people one would meet in a small community. The educational ans social issues raised are real as are the examples of some solutions and the deep complexities of the issues raised. No easy answers for any,but again with love we can move forward. As a former teacher and hopeful advocate of love, I recommend this trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on June 14, 2013
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Ms. Shay is a wonderful author whom I truly enjoy. This trilogy is amazing! I loved the characters, loved the struggles that each character faced, and most of all I love how each book was based on a different set of characters with previous characters moving through the back story. These books are centered in real life situations and I found that captivating. It deals with real problems (hardships in school, gangs and the people who work with those kids). I definitely would recommend these reads to anyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G Horne on July 8, 2013
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I really enjoyed this series of books. I loved how each book continues with the story. It was hard to put it down at night
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Preston on June 23, 2013
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Great Read
Really loved the trilogy as the stories all flowed on and characters were revisited, would definitely recommend to all,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura M Oliver on May 15, 2013
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even thought this was written a while ago, the issues are still prevelant today. The three books flowed one from another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charity Sasser on May 15, 2013
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This trilogy is amazing! I loved the characters, loved the struggles that they faced, and most of all I love how each book was based on a different set of characters with previous characters as the back story. These books are centered in real life situations and I adored that. It deals with real problems (hardships in school, gangs) which allows you to real ate yourself to the story. I definitely would recommend these reads to anyone.
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By ToxDoc on August 14, 2014
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An excellent depiction of the high school experience today. Well defined characters, fast and credible action. I graduated from high school in 1943 so this was a new experience for me. The author must be an excellent teacher to have such a thorough command of the curriculum, program activities and student responses. I felt as though I knew the characters in all three stories and lived vicariously their problems and triumphs. Teachers have always been my most admired professionals and these stories cemented that opinion. A thorough, interesting, and even fascinating Trilogy.. Time well spent for one interested in education and the development of character and personality.
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