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KEY OF SEA is a faultless five hearts and a must read! -- The Romance Studio, August 2005

Keys resident Stella has successfully brought the feel of her home to life in this enjoyable tale ... -- Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine, August 2005

Mary Stella has written a tender unconditional love story! -- A Romance Review, August 2005

Romance abounds in KEY OF SEA and it is truly a wonderful, well-written tale. -- Romance Reviews Today, August 2005

This is a lovely and heartfelt story of finding your way back home and wondering why you ever left. -- Affaire de Coeur, August 2005

About the Author

Mary Stella currently resides in the Florida Keys.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932815406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932815405
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A voracious book fan since first learning to read, I fell in love with romance novels while pursuing my B.A. degree in English decades ago. A professional writer since someone first paid me to write radio commercials while I was still in college, I always dreamed of writing a book someday. Eventually, I realized that a book wouldn't spring fully written from my brain so I'd better get cracking.
All Keyed Up, a humorous contemporary romance set at a dolphin facility in the Florida Keys with a determined researcher and a stubborn DEA agent, is my debut novel, originally published in print format a few years ago. Key of Sea, published a year later, proves that an ex-trophy wife can create a new life for herself, find love again with a younger man, and successfully battle land crabs.
I updated both of my books prior to releasing them electronically. I'm hard at work on a new project, which will also be set in the Florida Keys - the beautiful, fun, slightly abnormal island chain that I call home.
I love to hear from readers. Please email me at

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on August 15, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Stella has done it again! She has created another story, full of life like characters that jump off the page and pull the reader into her world. This time around she tackles some important issues but does so with style and a flair that is her own. The end result is a treasure for the romance reader.

Dora Lee has just had a life altering experience that she has shared with a mounted Tarpon. Yup, trophy fish and Dora Lee are now reluctant partners. Her wealthy older husband has dumped her for a newer model and this has left Dora Lee with a problem. What on earth is she going to do? With her newfound friend strapped to her Mercedes and the rest of possession in the trunk she heads home to the Keys. Her grampy is waiting for her. She's leaving behind fourteen years of marriage but taking with her self-doubt and insecurity issues thanks to her ex. Will she be able to find love and acceptance at home or will she flounder?

Bobby Daulton has loved Dora Lee since he was a teenager. When he sees the beautiful Dora Lee for the first time in a long time he blows it. Or at least he thinks he has. He is determined to hold the line, but Dora Lee is not someone that he can just dismiss. Nor are the feelings that he feels for her. She is the only woman that he has ever loved. Since he can't ignore them he will just have to slowly prove to Dora Lee that his love is for real and that she is still as beautiful as she was years earlier. Will Dora allow herself to be happy with Bobby or will she let things stand in her way?

This was a wonderful read! I love Ms. Stella. She truly has a talent for creating characters that jump off the page in order to pull you into their world. Bobby and Dora are very special and their relationship is unique.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BookwormJess on July 16, 2006
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When trophy wife Dora Lee Hanson gets traded in for a shinier model, she returns to her home in the keys with nothing more than a not-so-lucrative divorce settlement, her ex-husband's stuffed tarpon and a wicked case of Whipped Dog Syndrom. But don't feel too bad for Dora Lee. Her journey toward self-discovery and true love is only beginning. In this heart-warming, laugh out loud tale of new beginnings in the face of setbacks, Mary Stella provides her readers with a highly entertaining read. Her portrayal of the Florida Keys is delightfully accurate and her characters are people you love to root for. If you want a book that makes you laugh, makes you think, and makes you smile, I highly recommend Key of Sea.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cryna Palmiere on December 4, 2005
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This is Mary Stella's second book and is more enjoyable than her first endeavour if that is possible.

Dora Lee Hanson leaves the Florida Keys for the bright lights and hopefully a modelling career. Instead she marries a wealthy magnate, J. Walter Morrison III, but after fourteen years of marriage he divorces her for a younger "Trophy" wife. Feeling crushed and rejected, Dora goes home to her grandfather who will welcome her with open arms. Bobby Daulton was crushed when Dora Lee left the Keys the first time. When he sees Dora again after all these years, he realizes his feelings for her have not changed. Bobby decides that this time his "trophy" is not getting away from him and he has every intention of reeling her in before she gets away. The patience of Bobby and the skittishness of Dora makes this a fun, light-hearted, heart warming and touching read. The setting could not have been better for these characters and the storyline works so well for them. Mary Stella has written another winner and leaves this reader eager for more books from her set in the Keys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janalee Ruschhaupt on November 16, 2005
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KEY OF SEA is the story of one woman's Floridian journey of life that will come full circle in search of the truly wonderful and vibrant woman she had left behind. Dora Lee will find more than she would or could have hoped for. From the disappointments and betrayal of her ex-husband to the boy back home. This beautifully written story encompasses all the warm feelings that speak to our heart and transports the mind. Bravo, Ms. Stella, you have a hit with KEY OF SEA and this should be an award-winning year for you! KEY OF SEA is a faultless five hearts and a must read!

Dora Lee's husband, J. Walter Morrison III, has just handed her divorce papers after being his trophy wife for fourteen years. It is back to plain old Dora Lee Hanson who is a discarded, has-been socialite without any purpose now. Treasure Coast mansion will no longer be her home; she must be out within a week. At thirty-nine years of age, Dora Lee feels old and useless. With her tail tucked between her legs, she will go back home to her conch roots to a place she'd never thought she would be living again, Hanson's Marina and Mall with her Grandpa Willie. In truth, the Hanson's Marina and Mall is just a glorified row of broken down storefronts. Could her life get any worse?

As always, Grandpa Willie will have his arms and heart open for his "Baby Girl." Dora Lee had gone to live with her grandparents when her mother and father were killed. It is just her Grandpa Willie now and she will need him more than ever! When Dora Lee gets there, it is to the nightly ritual of watching the sun setting on the horizon. All the storeowners gather on the front porch every night, it is a tradition. None of them look happy to see her, including Bobby her best friend Jo Jo's brother.
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