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Product Details

  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; a edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425219267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425219263
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Havens returns to the charming (and charmed) town of Sweet, Texas, in her latest supernatural romance. Kira, a workaholic contract attorney, suffers a breakdown after she witnesses a coworker’s suicide, and she heads to Sweet to recuperate at her parents’ spa. She gets back on her feet thanks to her old friend Dr. Sam and a steady supply of library books and comfort food. Kira even starts a steamy relationship with handsome newcomer Caleb. But when she’s ready to return to Atlanta and her career, she comes into an inheritance connected to the local library and the paranormal powers that come with it, such as seeing the dead and the ability to answer almost any question. Havens has created another likable heroine with extraordinary powers in this enjoyable tale about finding true love and a true calling. --Aleksandra Walker

About the Author

Candace Havens is a sixteen-year veteran of the entertainment industry. In addition to writing countless columns on everything Hollywood, she recently published a biography of Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. She is also in the anthology Spirited, the proceeds of which help a literacy organization. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

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I truly cant wait for the next on to come out!
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I enjoyed the book for what it was, a fun beach read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kat on November 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
A light fun read.
It really felt like an intro to a series with the library being a Portal and all. I would like to see what comes next in this series.
The heroine, Kira, is a high-powered contract attorney who has a mental and physical breakdown when a friend steps off the top of one of Atlanta's high-rises. Her mom, a hippie born too late for the movement, collects her and takes her home to west Texas to recuperate.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NomDP on June 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was all set to love this book. Having read the previous three and enjoyed them, I picked up this one not realizing that it focused on one of the supporting characters from the other books.

That wasn't a problem as I thought the supporting characters from the Brownwyn books were pretty strong in their own right. My problem with this book is the lack of continuity with the previous. I can overlook a couple of things, e.g. ages, eye color, etc. However, the entire time line of the book contradicts what was described in the previous. How Kira met Caleb, how the relationship develops, how her psychic powers develop, how she uses them, etc., EVERYTHING contradicts what was said previously, which is pretty jarring. I found myself trying to make everything fit and reconcile it with what I know already happened rather than focusing on the story. I understand not wanting to involve Brownwyn too much but this lack of coherence seriously makes me think twice about reading anything else Candace Havens writes. Its as if the spin off(s) were not well thought out and demonstrates a lack of respect for a reader's intelligence.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Warfield on September 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love this book, once i started reading it I couldn't put it down..
I really hope the story continues in the next book soon.
This is a great book...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Sturdivan on September 4, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
i have read all of candace havens work and have enjoyed everyone of them. i am glad to see her create another new character, one i hope we will be seeing in future books. it was also cool the way she brought into the book her other characters. please keep writing ms haven, can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Usually when an author branches out and gives a side character I like their own novel, I'm pleased it means that the author is going to spend more time in a world I enjoy. However in this book. The author didn't stay in the same world of Bronwyn, she created a new world with characters of the same name. None of the facts she established iun the Bronwyn book's played out here. Characters met differently, realtionships were messed up. It is the weirdest thing I have ever seen. I know not all authors have full time fact and plot checkers but all the changes in this book to the Bronwyn world are RIDICULOUS. If she is going to create a new world, ahe should give her characters new names and not try to pass this off as a spin off.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on August 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book, but wasn't aware that it is part of a series. I really thought this worked as a stand alone, and it made me want to read the other books. Kira's life is really funny and sad at the same time. As a reader, you feel for everything she has gone through (even though it all happens before the book begins) I think the author did a great job of balancing the realistic and fantastic elements of the story. When the ghosts appear, it just fits into Kira's life. I can't wait to read the Bronwyn series (which are being released in MMP) and the upcoming release, The Demon King and I.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April L. Witter on August 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great book. I really liked the whole story line. I hope Candace Havens writes more books with these characters. The dead people are a hoot.
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By M. A. Williams on November 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
one of my all time favorite books. The storyline is good, and a bit unusual and I could relate to the characters
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