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Free to Love (Books We Love contemporary romance) Kindle Edition

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One year after Joanna Sullivan's husband Kyle, a fireman, dies after saving two young children while fighting a house fire, Joanna makes a desperate attempt to start over. She moves to a new town, embarks on a new career as a field guide at the local coastal aquarium, and attempts to refurbish the dilapidated duplex she's purchased. Then Austin, her husband's brother, visits unexpectedly. He offers to stay and help her with the much needed repairs. Joanna soon discovers, however, that Austin's presence is proving more disturbing than helpful. His resemblance to Kyle is uncanny, thwarting her resolve to put her husband's memory to rest. Worse, she is strongly attracted to Austin. Austin, a veterinarian, shares Joanna's love of nature, and the two find much common ground as they team up to help clean up the beaches and save the native birds and wildlife from the encroachment of civilization. Can Joanna let go of her grief and love Austin in his own right? Or will he always remain the ghost of her husband?

About the Author

Sydell I. Voeller was raised in Edmonds, Washington, and now resides in Forest Grove, Oregon, with her husband and two sons. Sydell has been a violinist in semi-professional orchestras and is currently employed as a registered nurse. Other interests include reading, walking, camping, and astronomy.

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  • File Size: 2943 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (June 29, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GTHB36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Books by Sydell Voeller published by Books We Love, Ltd.

Sydell Voeller grew up in Washington State, but has lived in Oregon for over thirty years. Throughout her twenty-plus-year writing career, her published novels for teens and adults have reflected her love for the Pacific Northwest's ocean beaches, inlets and waterways, evergreen forests, and mountains. Sydell resides in Oregon with her husband. They married in 1972 and have two grown sons and five grandchildren.

Pet lovers, the Voellers have provided a home for several cats, a dog, gerbils, hamsters, and a turtle--especially when their sons were growing up. (A small rodent cemetery still occupies one corner of their backyard.) She and her husband enjoy camping, reading, playing Scrabble, day trips to the Oregon coast, and spending time with their two pampered feline.

When Sydell isn't writing, she enjoys camping, walking, amateur astronomy, reading, and surfing the web. In 1987 after the publication of her first novel, she was named by the Washington County Mushaw Center, Woman of the Year in Communications.

Formerly a registered nurse, Sydell now teaches long distance learning writing courses, sponsored by the Long Ridge Writer's Institute. Visit Sydell on her website to view her book lists, bio, and photos: www.sydellvoeller.com

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By V. Ardito on August 9, 2012
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Pardon me while I dine on a healthy dose of crow. Normally, (and I've never hidden the fact) I dislike the "I'm in love with my brother-in-law" trope. And yet...Sydell Voeller did the impossible. She made me love her characters and believe they belonged together. It's a testament to the emotional pull she created that I couldn't stop turning pages. Joanna is a plucky heroine in a tough situation: her firefighter husband, Kyle, died saving kids from a fire. She's now moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to rebuild her life and create a new normal. Enter Kyle's brother, Austin, who made a promise to his brother he's intent on keeping, despite the difficulty of being in close proximity to Jo.
The author makes these two work hard for their HEA and there's an underlying reminder to the reader about the fragility of nature and mankind's often senseless destruction.
A wonderful love story, told with sensitivity and intelligence.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on September 13, 2012
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Joanna Sullivan's was deeply in love with her husband, Kyle, a firefighter. When he was killed, while trying to rescue some children from a burning house, Joanna is heartbroken. To try to get through her grief she makes a desperate attempt to start over and moves to a new town, finds a new job, and attempts to refurbish a dilapidated duplex one year after the tragedy. Then, Austin, her husband's brother, shows up and offers to stay and help her with the much needed repairs. At first Austin looks so much like his brother, Joanna is pulled back to memories of Kyle, but soon Austin emerges as his own man, a man she is falling in love with. When she learns Austin had promised Kyle he would look after her if anything happened, Joanna realizes she is just an obligation to Austin.

I really enjoyed this novel. I finished it almost too quickly, but I appreciated the clean, easy read. It was light and entertaining.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S.A. Martin on July 18, 2012
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Anyone who reads any of Sydell Voeller's romances is aware of several things. One is that she is an outstanding writer. Her characterizations are excellent, not to mention she has a special way of appealing to the senses. The reader feels as if she is there. I've never been to Oregon, but after reading Ms. Voeller's story, I want to get on the next plane and visit.

"Free to Love" is the story of Joanna, who lost her firefighter husband Kyle in a deadly fire. When Kyle's brother comes to visit, she develops an attraction for him but fights this attraction. She feels that it would be a betrayal of her love for her husband to develop any warm feelings for his brother, Austin, who is a veternarian. Joanna and Austin share a love for Oregon sea life, and this brings them together. But the more circumstances bring Joanna and Austin together, the more she finds herself drawn to him.

This romance cleverly reveals the conflict between Joanna and Austin, but above all, the reader sees the enduring power of love.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Williams on September 12, 2012
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The idea behind the storyline of this book held promise, but the story fell far short. Instead, it seemed to be a book with a political agenda. Much of the dialogue was about environmentalism, and though that could have been worked into the book effectively, it felt too stilted,unnatural, and forced. I kept thinking no two people, friends, or lovers would have those conversations. Also, not enough was done to put me in the scene and thus inside the characters' heads. I didn't care if they got together or not, but simply wanted to reach the end of the story. I do appreciate the author keeping the story clean. However, some - any - tension would have been nice. Sentence structure was good. There were a few glaring editing errors, but nothing remarkable. In the end, a so-so story that I could have done without.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rad-Reader on August 13, 2012
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Kyle & Jo are a newly married couple when Kyle a firefighter is killed in a fire. Jo trying to struggle through the loss can no longer live with the loss living where it happened & moves back to her hometown where her aunt & support is. Kyle's family has thrown themselves into work to survive. So, before moving back she secures a job in her field of study & buys a fixer upper on the beach. Within weeks though Kyle's brother Austin appears after months of no contact. It instantly stirs raw feelings within her & many question of why he is there, why he would track her down & feelings of guilt for not telling anyone she was going. Emotions run high for them both & sparks fly. This is such a raw emotion at times & others just a peaceful experience. I did feel at times I was getting a Eco lesson but it wasn't heavy handed. Overall, totally enjoyed this story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. Tsai on August 3, 2012
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It was nice clean story about two people who mourn the lost of Kyle who is Joann's husband and Austin's brother. It was so nice to see that Joann got her second chance. Nice romance and definitely worth reading!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Senora Frau Jr on October 19, 2013
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I really, really like how the author includes such well-informed details about rescuing wild animals. Gives the story reality and depth.

Both main characters are actually likeable people who do nice things for others. I would enjoy spending time with any of the characters n the book.

There were several quotation errors (characters' words not in quotes properly) which made this annoying to read.

The story is shallow and the characters fall in love abruptly. There are several hokey, contrived scenes - she gets the flu, so he has to take car of her and her aunt is sick at he same time and her big work project is all in the same day but he manages all three problems easily.

The woman's younger sister has no real character development or purpose in the book.

The characters' parents are all conveniently out of the way, to not get in the way.

If this story were fleshed out a little by a good editor, it would be amazing. As is, it's cute enough.
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