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A snapshot of family life... -- Nancy E. Gibson, Word Museum

Because of Joe is the most entertaining and emotionally stimulating book I've read in a very long time. -- Brett Scott, The Romance Studio

This novella length book is wonderful. -- Dovie Jacoby, Romance Central

About the Author

Oh, my stars, I’m in my fifties. It was only a week ago, I swear, that I married my boyfriend-just-home-from-Vietnam. Duane wore a blue blazer and gray slacks with bell bottoms and I wore a blue dress, size five, that ended so far above my knees I’m not sure it was legal. He had all his hair and mine was its natural color and we were going to have three children and live happily ever after. We had the three children, who grew up and got married and have given us six grandchildren. I’ve worked at the post office since Ben Franklin was the postmaster—or at least it seems that way—and I’ve always written. I’m one of those who can’t not write. Doesn’t mean I always write well. I was one of those who got a letter from Jenni Licata all those years ago. Hey, she said, let’s start our own RWA chapter. We did, and NIRA was born. And suddenly I did more than just write; I wrote romance novels. Doesn’t mean I wrote them well. On account of it took a good seven or eight manuscripts before I sold one. Always Annie came out in 1999. Her reviews were good and oh, I had the best time! This is what I want, I thought; this is my happily-ever-after. I’ll quit the post office and write books, ‘cause they’re all going to sell and I’ll be able to make a living. Doesn’t mean that’s what really happened. Because of Joe is a June, 2005 release from All Romance Books and I’m so excited. Because even though I’ve about decided I won’t be making a real good living selling books, I still dream of it. But more important than selling every book, than the good living, is making a good life. We’ve done that, the boyfriend and me, and now we’re living happily ever after.

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Last Rose of Summer edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UI72X6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,332,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was always daydreaming as a kid, about living in elegant places where other people made your bed and dusted your furniture, wearing clothes that screamed triumphantly, "Liz Claiborne, size two!" every time I put them on, and writing blockbuster novels.
Instead, I live in a big old farmhouse back a dusty lane, where whoever is the last one out of bed makes it and no one bothers with dusting. My clothes mumble sheepishly, "J. C. Penney, buy a bigger size." And my novels aren't what you'd call blockbusters. What they are is stories about people like me and maybe like you, whose dreams have gone awry or simply withered up and died. It's my job as a writer to take care of those dreams, either by straightening out the old ones or finding new ones. Either way, I love it, and I'd love hearing how you feel about how I've done that job. Email me at lizkflaherty@gmail.com     

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Format: Paperback
Eleven years after Clarissa "Rags" Maguire and Telluride "Tell" Maguire's divorce, Rags receives a phone call from Ellis Ann, Tell's mother. She begs Rags to return to Florida to help her through the loss of her husband, Harlan. Rags returns to the State she thought she had left behind, and comes face-to-face with Tell and all of the feelings buried deep inside. Rags loves being a mother to her three grown children, but there is a fourth child who, although not related to her by blood, tugs at her heart like he is her own. His name is Joe.
Joe is the product of a graduation night liaison between Tell and a classmate. Rags finds out about his existence on a day referred to as "The Bad Day," their anniversary, her thirtieth birthday, the day everything fell apart. Joe is diabetic, his mother deceased. Rags is ready to take the boy in, but Tell barely tolerates him, and although Joe joins their family, Tell never fully accepts his presence. This splits their marriage and sends the couple in opposite directions for many years. When Joe, now a photographer, shows up for Harlan's funeral, he is emaciated and exhausted. Tell vows to show Rags how much he has changed and offers to help in any way possible. Will Joe be the catalyst to bring Rags and Tell back together? Can love be re-ignited? And what is wrong with Joe?
BECAUSE OF JOE is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It touched my heart, and I was intrigued by everyone portrayed in the story. The characters are well drawn and their feelings extremely true to life. I feel as if these are real people who moved me to tears with their struggles and triumphs. My heart hurts for Joe, and I cheer for Tell and Rags to forgive each other.
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Because of Joe by Liz Flaherty is a touching story about marriage that failed and the courage that the couple, Rags and Tell took to re-built their life and rekindled their love. This book is emotionally moving and I found myself cheering for Rags' bravado and crying for Rags' and Tell's pain for their child, Joe.

I like this book very much and hope that Liz Flaherty would write more stories like this one.
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Marriage in the best of times is hard work, but marriage in the worst of times is often doomed, when the couple forgets about the love they shared, the promises they made or the ones they broke. But what if that couple has never quite gotten over each other, what happens when circumstances arise that put that to the test, well that's exactly what happens to Tell and Rags Maguire it may work out this time if only they can forget that it was "Because of Joe".

Ms. Flaherty has an amazing way of telling a story, a way that will keep her readers constantly turning pages no matter what else they have on their plates. Take it from me who delayed dinner by more than an hour just so I could finish the novel. She gives us a poignant story line, one that will reach into the hearts of a myriad of fans and is my very favorite kind of romance, that of second chances, she puts in the way of that romance many real life situations that cause our couple stress and problems. She gives us this novel with a dialogue that flows from page to chapter all throughout the novel, she uses the etiquette filled narrative that we associate with the south and brings to mind just a hint of "Driving Miss Daisy" and she does it in a scant 154 pages.

More, her characters are superb, they all shine, especially her hero Tell and heroine Rags who are characters that women of a certain age (like me) can really relate to. They also shine because Ms. Flaherty knows how to build and develop her characters so they become three dimensional friends to her audience.
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Format: Paperback
Eleven years after Clarissa "Rags" Maguire and Telluride "Tell" Maguire's divorce, Rags receives a phone call from Ellis Ann, Tell's mother. She begs Rags to return to Florida to help her through the loss of her husband, Harlan. Rags returns to the State she thought she had left behind, and comes face-to-face with Tell and all of the feelings buried deep inside. Rags loves being a mother to her three grown children, but there is a fourth child who, although not related to her by blood, tugs at her heart like he is her own. His name is Joe.
Joe is the product of a graduation night liaison between Tell and a classmate. Rags finds out about his existence on a day referred to as "The Bad Day," their anniversary, her thirtieth birthday, the day everything fell apart. Joe is diabetic, his mother deceased. Rags is ready to take the boy in, but Tell barely tolerates him, and although Joe joins their family, Tell never fully accepts his presence. This splits their marriage and sends the couple in opposite directions for many years. When Joe, now a photographer, shows up for Harlan's funeral, he is emaciated and exhausted. Tell vows to show Rags how much he has changed and offers to help in any way possible. Will Joe be the catalyst to bring Rags and Tell back together? Can love be re-ignited? And what is wrong with Joe?
BECAUSE OF JOE is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It touched my heart, and I was intrigued by everyone portrayed in the story. The characters are well drawn and their feelings extremely true to life. I feel as if these are real people who moved me to tears with their struggles and triumphs. My heart hurts for Joe, and I cheer for Tell and Rags to forgive each other.
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