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Coming Home: Jackson Falls Book 1 (Jackson Falls Series) [Kindle Edition]

Laurie Breton
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Reader reviews:  "Spellbinding" "Bloody brilliant" "wonderful" "Four thumbs waaaaay up!"

From the USA Today bestselling author of Final Exit comes an old-fashioned romantic saga about love, marriage, friendship, loss, romance, rock & roll, and a woman's search for herself.


One man became her husband.

He had the face of an angel, and a voice that could tear your heart to shreds and leave it bleeding. Songwriter Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old when handsome, charismatic singer Danny Fiore crashes into her life and her heart.  The first time she hears Danny sing, Casey is ready to toss away her entire future for a man who's almost certain to break her heart.  Danny has a white-hot talent and a single, blinding ambition:  to become a rock star.  Neither of them plans on falling in love.  But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.

The other man became her best friend.

Guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie doesn't have Danny's looks, or his charisma, or his sense of style.  Tall and gaunt and bony, Rob isn't a god, just an ordinary mortal, an easygoing guy who wants nothing more than to write his songs, play his guitar, and find the right woman.  But life is never quite as simple as it seems, and his search for Ms. Right keeps leading him down all the wrong roads.

Together, they became the holy trinity of rock and roll.

When Rob MacKenzie and Casey Bradley Fiore begin writing songs together, the result is an unstoppable hit-making machine that catapults Danny Fiore to stardom.  But the road to success is littered with land mines, and life with Danny isn't all that Casey expected.  Rivers of darkness flow through her troubled marriage, and every time Danny breaks her heart, it's her best friend Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together.  It isn't until she suffers an unimaginable loss that Casey begins to question who she is and what she really wants from life.  As she searches for herself amid the wreckage, she discovers the bittersweet truth that the choices a woman makes at thirty may differ vastly from those she made at eighteen.

Don't miss the love story that readers have called "epic," "compelling," "captivating," and "brilliant."


Editorial Reviews

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"Laurie Breton is a masterful storyteller. Her book sweeps the reader through two decades of a heartwarming, touching and emotional story that will tug at the heartstrings of all who read this book. It will leave the reader with a satisfied feeling that won't go away until well after the last page is turned." 

-- Yvonne Hering, Reader to Reader


"This story will take every emotion you have and tear it apart...it slowly builds an emotional powerhouse that explodes upon your imagination...I cried, I laughed, and I celebrated this book."

-- Rita Hestand, Romancing the Web


"I really loved this book.  It's wonderfully written and while it is long, it covers such a big chunk of time that it doesn't seem long.  There was never a time, for me anyway, where the story dragged.  I feel like it was well paced and the characters were nicely developed."


-- Shelly, {Dive} Under the Covers


"Lyrical and gorgeous...just beautiful in its portrayal of the devastating changes of love over time."

-- Judith, I Love Romantic Fiction

From the Author

People often ask where I get my story ideas, and I tell them that I really don't know.  It often seems that ideas are floating around in the air, just waiting to be plucked out of the primordial goop and turned into novels.  COMING HOME, the first book I ever wrote, came out of that primordial goop.

Anybody who's known me for more than five minutes knows that I'm a diehard rocker. At my advanced age, with the help of my iPod, classic rock from the 60's, 70's and 80's helps get me through my days.  I love Springsteen and Seger and Mellencamp, and I've seen Bon Jovi in concert five times (And expect to see them many more times...Jon, in case you're reading this, that's a broad hint that it's time to visit New England again. Your fans are getting antsy!  Oh, and my husband completely understands that if you ever leave Dorothea...).

Ahem.

I'm also fascinated by the whole rock star phenomenon from a sociological perspective.  I've sat, more than once, in the midst of a crowd of thirty to fifty thousand people, and been blown away by the fact that every face in the crowd is focused intently--entranced--on the man standing on that stage, and every voice in the crowd is singing along with him.  You haven't lived until you're heard fifty thousand voices singing in unison, "shot through the heart, and you're to blame..."
 
So it really should come as no surprise to anyone that the first book I actually finished was about a rock star.  Casey Bradley and Danny Fiore lived inside my head for a long time before I ever committed them to paper, and in my woeful ignorance of the tenets of storytelling, I had no idea what to do with them.  Danny was gorgeous and sexy and talented...and damaged.  Casey was the strong one, the good woman who pushed him to be the man she knew he could be, and who stood by his side even under the worst of circumstances.  And maybe that would have been enough to carry me through to the end.  There was certainly plenty of conflict between Casey's vision of what marriage should be and Danny's shortcomings.
 
But one day, something happened, something so unexpected that to this day, I still don't understand how it came to be.  I was sitting at my typewriter (yes, you read that right...that's how long ago this was), and from out of nowhere, Rob MacKenzie strolled onto the page, fully formed and ready to rock and roll.  I sat up a little straighter and frowned at the sheet of paper wound into my IBM Selectric.  Where the hell had this guy come from, this laid-back, green-eyed guitar wizard who dressed like his clothes came from Goodwill and who had an off-the-wall sense of humor and a hot Irish temper that surfaced every so often?  And what in hell was he doing in the middle of the love story I was writing?

But I've never been one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I just rolled with it for a while.  And the story started to gel.  Then I stopped to do a little mental arithmetic.  Two boys plus one girl equals:  STORY CONFLICT!  The big thing this story needed to give it legs had just appeared.
 
And it all came together.  It had taken years--almost two decades--but in the end I had a romantic saga that followed fifteen years of Casey's life, offering the reader drama and love and sex and tragedy and tears and a laugh or two.  It's not a light-hearted book.  Or a short one.  But I cared enough about these characters that I just couldn't let them wither on the vine.  Did Casey get her happy ending?  Yes, but not without weathering a few storms along the way.  Some of those storms were pretty damn big.  But you may remember that I said Casey was the strong one.  If you read the book, you'll understand.
 
When COMING HOME was finished, it was put into print by a very small publisher. It was read by very few people, but still managed to garner a number of positive reviews within the romance community before it disappeared for nearly a decade.  Until I became aware of Kindle Direct Publishing, and decided to give this story, this Book of My Heart, new life.
 
Now it's out there in Kindle-land (also in trade paperback) as Book 1 in my ongoing Jackson Falls series, and I couldn't be happier to be introducing Casey, Danny and Rob to a whole new group of readers!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4560 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Laurie Breton (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KJAIDC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Amazing Story! August 31, 2012
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I was mesmerized by the characters. Mainly Rob. I'm in love. I don't want to give plot points away but this book made me cry in a heartbreaking way. Love and loss and love again. I could picture every moment and I think they should make a movie out of this book. Just saying that I loved it wouldn't do it justice. Bravo, Laurie Breton!!! You have a fan for life.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to the series! September 14, 2012
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If you thought Laurie Breton only wrote romantic suspense or crime oriented stories, this book will debunk that myth. The re-release of her first published novel, Coming Home, illustrates that she has always been able to write smart, strong, yet vulnerable female characters. And that they don't have to be the kind of women who solve crimes, kick butt or whose lives are in mortal peril.

What this story is not is a crime novel. It is also not strictly a romance novel. It is a great example of what women's fiction can and should be - written such that most women can understand and relate, even when they do not have shared experiences with the characters. Women's fiction has many levels, layers and sub-genres. This novel captures the essence of what it meant to be a modern woman in the 70's and 80's, struggling with the desire to have it all and making sacrifices because, as we've all realized, having it all - at least all at once - isn't realistic. To that end, given that we're 30-40 years removed from the story's timeline, it can almost be placed in a 'historic' context. (Shh, don't tell the author, that will make her feel old).

Starting in 1974, the book chronicles the story of a husband and wife and their mutual best friend over the course of 15 often turbulent years in the music business. The setting plays a role and is often times a testament to the author's keen powers of observation. But the story is, fundamentally, one of how we define ourselves inside and outside relationships and how that evolving process shapes who we are and who we become. Despite the fact that the main characters - Casey, Danny and Rob - find eventual success and fame by Hollywood standards, this story is not about that part of their lives.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit heavy but worth it! September 14, 2012
By Maggie
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This book was full of raw emotion and it took me on a woman's personal journey through passion, devastation, self awareness, loss, love, and hope. The story and characters felt real and relatable. I would have preferred this book to be written as a stand alone novel rather than a series because the supporting characters were just that. The depth of this book was in the three main characters so I would have liked a truly final ending. Overall, I would recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating September 12, 2012
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I got this book as a free download not ever having read anything by the author I was more than willing to give her a shot, and boy was this the right decision. I would say this book was just AMAZING to the fullest. I read A LOT of books and this book just took my breath away. It is a story about love, faith, trust,friendship and lust. I dont want to give away any of the plot, but the way this book is written I was able to put myself in the life of the characters. To feel the friendships
that run so deep and the love and the loss. I have never before cried when I read a book but with this book I did. Not just cry but wept. To be able to feel that kind of emotion from simple words on a page is just breath taking. The author writes this story in a way that will make you laugh and cry. Hold your breath and cheer. If you want an exilerating read that will stay with you emotionally than this is the book for you. I will definately be purchaing a lot of books from this author she is GREAT!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!!! September 9, 2012
By FayeW
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. It has something for everybody; the strive for adultation with fame and fortune, the sadness from loss of a loved one, and the discovery of something that has been there all the time. I laughed and I cried but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good book. I will enjoy reading it again in years to come and I read all the time when I am not working. I have never written a review before but thought this book deserved one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! November 9, 2012
By Sarah
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I chose this book from the top 100 free kindle books and I fell in love with it a few pages in. This book is 438 pages and I never once wished it was over. I was sad when I got to the last page and immediately purchased the next book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK! November 4, 2012
By mimi
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I read this book about 2 months ago, and every time I see this come up on a blog or go across on Amazon, I remember how great it is, and feel that I must tell someone. So, I am writing this very short review, just to let someone know that this book is definitely worth the read. It's a long book, and I don't mean that in a bad way, I just mean to say that so much happens and goes on in it, it's like reading an entire life span. Still, that didn't come out right.... But trust me when I say this.. You will fall in love with these characters, cheer for them, want to scream at them, be so very happy for them, and then want to cry for them. So many things that happen in this book make you want to yell, "WHY!?" but, when you get to the end, you will still finish this book thinking about how much love and emotion you just felt with and for the characters. The end will leave you with a smile even if, while reading, you start to wonder if you will ever smile for them again. Please don't pass this book up, whether it's free or not. It's sooo worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I laughed, cried, and felt the characters. It was an intense read. A true love story, you lived the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two soul mates one girl
Steamy hot sexy fun loving sad enjoyable comical kinda book. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who loves romance or motivational reads
Published 5 days ago by Tabitha
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story with believable characters.
I had to skip the explicit sex scene and some of the language was too rough. Both e r than that, I loved the story and I want to read the next book.
Published 7 days ago by Teresa Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book was incredible. Out of the 100's of books I have read I can count on 1 hand the number of those that have totally blown me away. This is one of those books. Read more
Published 7 days ago by KathyR
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm too old for this.
At 57 yrs old, I just don't have the patience for an 18 year old girl getting married, (at least she wasn't pregnant), and then after knowing someone for a short time, decide to... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ryley Isetter
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive read
I couldn't stop reading even when I tried! A wonderful read: romance, comedy, drama...
While some situations were predicted, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Published 9 days ago by Jesika
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding!
I absolutely loved this book. Great story that kept me interested. Can't wait to read the rest of the stories.
Published 9 days ago by Becker80
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written - never wanted it to end
This novel spans almost 20 years and I still didn't want it to end. Laurie Breton is a marvelous writer and story teller. I highly recommend this romantic story. Read more
Published 9 days ago by maryjane b
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading
couldn't put it down and wait to get the next books in the series. I am sure you'll enjoy it too
Published 10 days ago by Debi Fabiano
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Really enjoyed this book, feeling the characters as they grew, laughing and crying with them as if I knew them.
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Once upon a time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I used to lie in bed at night and make up stories in my head. At the age of eight, seduced by the feel and smell of a fresh sheet of lined writing paper, I began writing them down. Those first stories, heavily influenced by the "Lad" books of Albert Payson Terhune, were usually about the grand and glorious relationship between a dog and its human. But by the time I reached the age of twelve, a curious thing happened to those man/dog relationship stories: I started writing about human relationships instead. Love stories. And although there have been many variations on that theme in the years since, I'm still writing love stories. I can't imagine writing anything else. As a matter of fact, when people ask, as they occasionally do, why I write what I write, I refer them to a well-known quote from the amazing Stephen King: "What makes you think I have a choice?" Yes. Exactly!

Although I now write on a computer, I still find myself unable to resist the siren's call of a new pen and a writing tablet. I collect those pretty little bound journals that I find in Barnes & Noble. The problem is, I never end up writing in them. They're just too perfect and pristine. So they sit on my bookshelf, gathering dust, while I do all my writing at the keyboard. And the next time I'm in a bookstore, and I see another one, with its lovely blank pages and colorful cover...well, let's just say it's an addiction I can't explain!

I've written and published ten books, the first three with small publishers; the six that followed were published by MIRA Books, a division of Harlequin Enterprises. My first book for MIRA hit the USA Today bestseller list, and several of my romantic suspense novels also made the Waldenbooks romance bestseller list.

I've lived my entire life in Maine, although my heart resides in Boston. I must have been born to the wrong parents; I was supposed to be a city girl! But my husband likes it here in Maine, and I like my husband, so there you have it. We have two grown kids, two beautiful grandchildren, and two adorable grand-dogs. Life is good.

When I'm not writing, I can often be found at my easel, painting with acrylics, or shooting sunrises and sunsets with my Canon camera. Day trips to Boston help to keep the writing well filled, and I get most of my story ideas driving around the back roads of Maine.

I've recently self-published for Kindle the first two books I ever wrote. COMING HOME was originally released more than a decade ago by a very small publisher. It was followed shortly thereafter by SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY. I've now resurrected these books as the first two books in my ongoing Jackson Falls series. My newest release is Jackson Falls book #3, DAYS LIKE THIS, which continues the love story that began in COMING HOME.

I love to hear from readers! You can e-mail me at lauriebreton@gmail.com

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