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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425230538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425230534
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,115,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Skillfully evoking the cozy but claustrophobic atmosphere of Shelter Rock Cove, Maine, Bretton's sequel to A Soft Place to Fall (2001) tackles the familiar topics of renewal, friendship and familial bonds. The story opens the morning after Ob-Gyn Ellen Markowitz spends the night with her senior partner, Dr. Hall Talbot, a three-time divorcee and father of four. Instead of bringing the couple more tightly together, however, that night-particularly the point when Hall utters the name of his long-ago love, Annie-pushes them farther apart. Certain that Hall still carries a torch for Annie, Ellen tries to ignore her attraction to him. But unbeknownst to her and the nosy townspeople, Hall has been over Annie for some time. He just doesn't know how to convince Ellen of this truth. Then Ellen's half-sister Deirdre shows up with a dog the size of a small bear, needing a place to park him for the summer. Their complicated kinship adds another dimension to the story, as do vibrant secondary characters like Hall's best friend Susan and Scott, the laconic mechanic who fixes Deirdre's car and serves as her love interest. The denouement comes too soon, partly because the various story lines are tied up too easily but mostly because this is a book readers will want to savor.
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In the month of February 1982 I wrote and sold my first novel. And no, I wouldn't believe it either if it hadn't happened to me. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance!

He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on April 20, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This sequel to the wonderful "A Soft Place to Fall" is not as good as the first book, but it is sweet and lovely nevertheless, and a nice and easy read.
This trip back to the insular Maine town of Shelter Rock Cove focuses on ob/gyn Ellen Markowitz, a single woman in her thirties whose 6-month engagement has just ended as the book begins. There's really no love lost, but Ellen is justifiably humiliated and at loose ends, and the last thing on earth she needs is her hippie dippie half-sister Deirdre blowing into town without warning. But that's Deirdre, and this time she's not alone. She has a barely running old heap of a Hyundai, a large harp, a 110-pound dog named Stanley--and, as Ellen quickly finds out, an agenda.
And so begins a summer that changes many lives, including those of Ellen, her sister (and another one to boot), and her handsome, thrice-married medical partner, Hall Talbot, whose friendship means more than Ellen can admit.
This book is basic Bretton--not every loose end is tied up, not every plot line is explained, but who cares? The book, like all her work, is simply charming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2004
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I read A LOT of romance novels and even some suspense, but there are very few contemporary romances that I could get into, although I'm not sure why.
This is the 2nd book I've read from Barbara Bretton. The other was Shore Lights which I like alot, but I'd have to say that "Girls of Summer" was better. It hooked my interested right away and held it the whole way through. I know it's a good book when I'm really sad when I get to the end.
I'm now looking for another book to read & I looked at "A Soft Place to Fall", but it's kind of hard since I started with the second in the series... I hate when I do that!
I will definitely be looking at other Barbara Bretton books in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2003
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Barbara Bretton returns to Shelter Rock Cove, scene of A SOFT PLACE TO FALL, and finally gives Hall Talbot a love story of his own. After being the "family friend" in A SOFT PLACE TO FALL, the good guy in love with the woman he can't have, Hall finally finds love -- and more family entanglements than anyone imagined. Ellen O'Brien Markowitz has spent her adult life trying to reconcile the disparate parts of her background with no luck. In her heart she will always be Dr. Markowitz's daughter, even if her DNA tells a different story. Her birth father, the feckless and charming Irish tenor Billy O'Brien, appeared in her life the year she turned fourteen and nothing has been the same since. When her half-sister Deirdre, a failed musician, comes to town with a one hundred pound dog, a broken-down car, and a bucket of problems, Ellen begins to discover that love and family are both worth fighting for. I just loved this book and highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna K. on August 21, 2005
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I truly enjoyed this follow-up novel to A Soft Place To Fall! It's a heartwarming story about small-town life in coastal Maine, written in brilliantly realistic detailed characterizations and relationship dynamics (not just romantic relationships, but also friendships and family-life). The author's style easily draws the reader into the town so that you feel a part of this lively community and its people become your friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2004
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"Girls of Summer" was my first Barbara Bretton book. I really, really fell in love with her style of writing and her characters. I just loved Ellen, Deirdre and Hall...and of course Stanley! I can't say enough about this book...except that I really look forward to read the pre-quel to this, as well as all of her other books. Way to go Barbara, you have a winner here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stefani on August 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The first book of the Shelter Rock series was free some time ago. It wasn't on my TBR, but I can't resist freebies. After I read the first one I couldn't stop. I had to read Girls of Summer too.

I expected to read about how Dr Markowitz and Dr Tallbot fall in love with each other and some obstacles in the way of their love since they work together. However, the greater part of the story was actually about Deirdre and Scot The Mechanic. As fun as Deirdre was....being a harpist and dressing for the part, I would've liked to read more about Ellen and Hall.

What I liked about this book were the detailed descriptions of the Victorian house, Deirdre's style, Annie's flower arrangements. They are given in such a manner that I could imagine them as being in front me. Another thing was that Shelter Rock Cove sounds an awful lot like my hometown. Coming from a small place where everyone knows everything about everyone I was able to relate with the characters.

I gave it two stars because I didn't read anything beyond what I already expected (except the Deirdre part). The first book in the series is definitely better if you ask me. I couldn't put my Kindle down with that one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Butterscotch on April 26, 2004
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I am so happy to have stumbled upon Barbara Bretton. Her writing, storylines, characters and settings are all very believable and absorbing. The title of this book is a bit weak and I felt it didn't really describe the book but, aside from that, it was a wonderful book. I think women of all ages would enjoy this book and its characters. The characters were rich and complex, Bretton was able to make me laugh and tear up at various points, and the story was full and highly believable. Bretton even delicately touched upon 9/11 through one of her characters and I thought it was tastefully done and very realistic. This is only my 2nd Bretton book, but I will be reading all her books from now on. Highly recommended. 5 Stars!!
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