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Ready for Love (McCarthys of Gansett Island Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Force
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Book Description

The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 3

For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy's Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman he ever loved. Fifteen months after Sydney suffers the tragic loss of her husband and children, she's returned to Gansett to figure out what's next, and that may very well be a rekindled love affair with the one man from her past she’s never forgotten. But is she ready for a second chance at love?

Editorial Reviews


Ready for Love is a beautiful and inspiring love story. I was riveted to the pages of Ready for Love not only for this magical romance but for the outstanding secondary plot lines as well. This may be my first McCarthys of Gansett Island book but it will not be my last! I am in love with these people and the tiny island they live on. —
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From the Author

Welcome back to Gansett Island for Luke and Sydney's story! As a wife and mother, this one really touched my heart. Sydney's losses are simply unimaginable, but thanks to Luke's devotion she might be ready to take a second chance on love. I so hope you enjoy their story as much as I enjoyed writing it. You'll also get to catch up on some of your favorite characters from the first two books and meet some newcomers to the island.
READY FOR LOVE continues the story begun in MAID FOR LOVE and FOOL FOR LOVE. Next up is FALLING FOR LOVE, featuring Grant McCarthy, and then HOPING FOR LOVE, featuring Evan McCarthy, and then SEASON FOR LOVE, featuring Laura McCarthy, and LONGING FOR LOVE, featuring Tiffany Sturgil, all of which are now available. You can look forward to stories for Adam McCarthy, Jenny Wilks and Shane McCarthy as well as other characters you'll meet in future books.
Writing about this family and their life on an island so much like my beloved Block Island has been about the most fun I've ever had as a writer. Thank you so much for embracing my fictional family and for all the lovely reviews you've posted. I appreciate your e-mails and Facebook posts more than you'll ever know. I always love to hear from readers. You can reach me at If you're not yet on my mailing list, join now for occasional updates on future books.
A special thank you to my friend--and "conference husband"--Mike Myers, who proofread the final version of READY FOR LOVE. All remaining mistakes should be blamed on him. (Just kidding!)
I'm grateful every day to have such wonderful, supportive readers and writing friends who make my life as an author such a joyful journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And as always, to the family that puts up with me and all my eccentricities, you guys are simply the best.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1817 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058P4P62
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Marie Force July 2, 2011
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Ready for Love is the third book in the McCarthy's of Gansett Island series. This one will require a kleenex to complete! The heroine has had a horrible tragedy occur in her life and the hero in the book helps her through this difficult time. Several other secondary characters are introduced and Grant McCarthy, who appears to be the hero in book four gets some time in this book. Ms. Force, as usual, draws you in with strong character development as always. Romance abounds in this book that is a perfect summer read. If you haven't read Marie Force or this series I advise you to pick up one of her books and get hooked as I have. I can't wait for book four of the series!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second chances in love.... July 5, 2011
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This is the third book of the series: McCarthy's of Gansett Island by this wonderful author. I have read all her books and they all seem to captivate you with their stories and characters. This book was no exception. You don't need to read all the books in the series, they could stand on their own, but it helps with the history of some of the characters present. This is the story of Syd and Luke, who were once very much in love when they were teenagers. Syd would come back every summer and her relationship with Luke would continue, until one summer, she stopped coming and broke his heart. Syd moved on, got married, had a family of her own. She hasn't been back to the island until a terrible tragedy happens in her life and she loses her family. Luke never seemed to forget her and knowing she was back on the island, stirred lots of different emotions: he wanted to comfort her, be with her, but at the same time, he wanted answers, confront her, he was definitely torn.

This is a story about second chances, helping a person you love overcome tragedy, finding love again, a new outlook in life and friendships. This book was well written and emotionally captivating. It had humor, tons of romance, drama, sadness and joy. Reading this book will warm your heart; perfect summer reading! I can't wait to read Grant's book. Thank you Ms. Force for writing such wonderful stories and keeping your fans entertained!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love those McCarthys July 18, 2011
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This is one of my favorite romantic series and I won't hesitate to buy any future additions. I also greatly appreciate that this is a "loanable" (is that a word?) book. Great job by Ms. Force.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the book, Love the series November 13, 2011
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I just happen to find this series a couple of days ago and read all three books in 2.5 days. Loved the first two better but all three were great finds and great reads. Looking forward to reading more about the citizens of Gansett Island.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marie Force ROCKS! October 17, 2013
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Excellent book! Marie Force NEVER dissapoints! I love that once we hear about a character, they don't just drop off the earth. I love being able to continue with their story in other books. Lovely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well October 23, 2013
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The book was good but who's story was it? It bounced around so much I became confused, or did the author do that so I would read the next book? Hope they next one isn't like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B rating..... June 16, 2013
Format:Audible Audio Edition
My Review:
Overall... 3.5 star
Performance.... 4.0 star
Story... 3.5 star

This is one of those books that I honestly think I would have enjoyed more if I'd read it rather than listened to it. And I can honestly say that I think this is the first book that I've found that I felt that way about. There's a lot of emotion to this book and listening to it on audio, I think that I lost some of that emotional connection I would have found if I'd been reading the book to myself. I'm not sure why, but it was something I noticed for the first time when listening to this audio.

And there is a lot of emotion to this book. Sydney lost her entire family, two children and a husband, in a car wreck. When she got involved with her husband, she broke Luke's heart. At the time, she was looking for someone with more ambition and money than Luke brought to the table. It hurt him horribly because Sydney was the girl for him. Now that she's back on the island, he can't resist the allure of her.

I had a hard time with Sydney at times. She broke Luke's heart and so many times throughout the story, it almost felt like she was toying with him. I loved Luke's character and hurt so much for him when she would pull back.

There are several close call/emotional points in this book, but there is one point that I really had an issue with where Sydney put her dog in front of Luke. They are both hurt and I understand why the dog is important to her, but I still think she should put Luke first.

I didn't find this book as riveting as the other two I've listened to in the series, but it was still an entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 10, 2013
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I'm still reading the series of the Island. I love this books. Love the characters, the family, the whole idea of this type of living! Hope she keeps the series going!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Luke and Sydney's story
Loved Luke and Sydney's story. Luke was one of my favorites in the earlier books so I enjoyed seeing him have a HEA with the woman he'd loved for so long.
Published 1 day ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love the book and easy to read love the story ...
I just love the book and easy to read love the story and all the characters and can not wait for the next books
Published 3 days ago by cathy mccrillis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series.
Published 3 days ago by Erin Higby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
These Gansett Island books are the BEST!!! You wont regret reading them, I highly recommend!
Published 6 days ago by Karina B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for Love
I enjoyed reading this very much! I couldn't seem to put it down once I started reading it!

Published 7 days ago by B. Olkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars I really have liked book 1
I really have liked book 1,2,and 3. It had great passion the family was always
Important. I have all ready suggest to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for Love (McCarthys of Gansett Island Series) by Marie Force
Once again Marie Force has written a really good read. The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series is another of a great series by Marie Force. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dianne L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars ... been working my way through this series and i love it. I feel as...
I have been working my way through this series and i love it. I feel as if I am right there with them and I can't wait to see how they all get together
Published 11 days ago by Judi Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love these books
Published 13 days ago by Trudy Hadel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the series
Published 16 days ago by Shelley A. Sostak
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With more than 3 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.3 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February 2014. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases--the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. Her most recent book, Fatal Jeopardy, book 7 in the Fatal Series, released on March 24, 2014, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She recently agreed to a major three-book deal with Berkley for her upcoming contemporary Quantum Series, featuring Hollywood heavy-hitters who are determined to remain single until love changes their plans.

While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.

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