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Safe Harbor [Kindle Edition]

Judith Arnold
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the time they were eight years old, Kip Stroud and Shelley Ballard spent their summers together on Block Island, swimming, biking, exploring...and growing up. As teenagers, they argued about books, complained about chores and learned from each other a little about the way boys and girls viewed each other. They were best friends—until a tragedy in Shelley’s life tore them apart.

Twelve years later, Kip has had to face his own tragedy. When he returns to the island to heal, he discovers that Shelley is now living there, older and wiser but bearing emotional scars. He is scarred, too—something they can share as they rediscover their friendship. But comfort and compassion aren’t love.

Kip believes he will never love again. Shelley believes she can’t love. Yet one night, their beliefs are shattered, and they realize they have a lot more to learn from each other.

Originally published by Harlequin Books, Safe Harbor was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Rita ® Award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Judith Arnold (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EYT9CS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Trust March 18, 2011
By Frank
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This is the second book I have read by Judith Arnold and it is another heartwarming story of family, love and loss. Not only is this story engaging and hard to put down, it carries wonderful inspiration and hope for love in marriage. I am so glad I found this author as her writing is prolific and there are many new adventures to enjoy. Highly recommend!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Grows Up . . . June 27, 2011
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For Kip Stroud and Shelley Ballard, falling in love isn't a single moment. Starting from the summer when they were eight years old and Kip showed Shelley a dead snake, their relationship shifts, stretches and strengthens over two decades.

In a compelling departure, readers first get to experience the foundation of that love. Kip and Shelley have spent their childhood summers on Rhode Island's Block Island as best friends. In the summer when they're 15 they are both changing -- but life changes even faster for Shelley.

And it is 12 more years before they come together again. By then, each has faced tragedies, difficulties and changes. Each has grown up. Can the love of innocence they once shared also grow up? Can they provide a safe harbor for each other's heart?

Judith Arnold's SAFE HARBOR explores the epochs of the growing love between Kip and Shelley, carrying readers along for each stop in the fascinating journey.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent work of Arnold. July 7, 1999
By A Customer
What can i say?? Arnold will never stop surprising me. This book is written in a way, that you only find out what the others feeling, after too much time has passed. It bring a smile upon your face, and tears in your eyes. It make your heart swell, and feel everything the heroin is feeling. Recommend it to everyone that land their hands on them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT WAS OK November 9, 2011
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What I liked about this book was it spanned from hero and heroines childhood. It was different but I enjoyed that. But this book was kind of mediocre to me. Maybe it was just the romance was flip floppy. Dont get me wrong, it was alright but I skipped a lot of it because it was predictable. I need twists and turns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming love story November 11, 2011
By North
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Kip and Shelley have know each other as friends for most of their lives. Their story starts as, as teenagers, they begin to grow of childhood and start dealing with adult feelings. Unfortunately, this same summer, Shelley is thrown into a very adult world of divorce, deception and betrayal.

The story then picks up fifteen-years later and we discover that Kip also has a past to overcome. The friendship is the corner stone Kip uses to build back his life. And still, something is missing.

This is a beautiful romance, with believable characters in real-life situation. It is sweet without being cloying. I especially liked that the problems are not resolved overnight and that the author allowed the passage of time to heal some wounds.

I did not find the formating distracting but noted a few spelling and grammar mistakes. I agree with the other reviewers that Kindle editing should be as good as a paper book. Still, don't let format keep you from enjoying this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe Harbor March 19, 2013
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An amazing story of young love,friendship,lost love and healing woven into a study of relationships and forgiveness. It is finding safe harbors in life and love that warm the readers heart only told by Judith Arnold with her unique skill. Plan to enjoy this story all the way to the end!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it... couldn't put it down!!! November 15, 2011
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I'm not much of a reader... but I couldn't put it down. I just had to know how it was going to end! I guess I'm a hopeless romantic at heart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Thought-Provoking Read March 30, 2013
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I downloaded this book when it was a promotional freebie for my Kindle. I know, I know, the buzz is that free titles, for the most part, suck. That has not been my experience--especially not with this book, which has been in the back of my mind since I finished it yesterday.

This is one of the most unusual romances I've ever read. Ms. Arnold hooked me instantly, and I found myself immersed in the story of two children from different backgrounds spending summers together--growing up together--on Block Island. When love between them emerges, heartbreak soon follows...and follows.

I've come late to this party and so find it unnecessary to list plot elements in my review. You can read all about them in others posted here. I will say this: Ms. Arnold wrote a story here incorporating strong, personal psychological elements, which resonated deeply with me. The power of forgiveness, the ability to forget, the willingness to trust, and the need to embrace life as it is, not as it might have been, are all captured to perfection in this book. I look forward to reading it again, and to reading more of Judith Arnold's titles. She is an excellent writer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beach book!
This is the first book I've read by Judith Arnold and I really enjoyed it. Great book to take to the beach for a quick read.
Published 1 day ago by Melke
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe harbor.
Incredible. Loved every chapter. Held my attention right through it. Can't wait to read another book of hers. She's great
Published 24 days ago by punk-n
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a quick read and I enjoyed it.
It's full of love and hope. It's a feel good book, written with feeling and warmth. Perfect to cuddle up with on a stormy night or read on the beach in between the waves.
Published 2 months ago by gayle
4.0 out of 5 stars Safe Story
Judith has given us a story about love! There were times during reading her story that I wanted to hurry things along, but I just continued reading hoping for the best results. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RG Bud Phelps
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance
Good overall read. My only note is over a year time period between 2-3, children progress in speech not remain the same... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent job.
Wonderful story. Look forward to reading more. Have always been a fan. Please list more. Of her books very soon.
Published 3 months ago by Mary S. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars great beach read
What a great book to read while sitting at the beach...each to read and engaging .
I am going to look up her other books.
Published 6 months ago by Donna M. Clerico
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this story
This book has lots of depth and feeling....way more than many of the other romance novels I've read in the past. I couldn't put it it in 2 days.
Published 9 months ago by S. Mcgrady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
We both have ipads and we sit and read every evening. I love it that I can walk on my treadmill and read on my ipad.
Published 9 months ago by Melinda Stephenson
3.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story
I enjoyed this, not as a deep ,meaningful , life changing book, but as a sweet love story that made me happy I took the time to read it. It made me smile.
Published 9 months ago by Patti Doeden
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More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Judith Arnold knew she wanted to be a writer by the time she was four. She loved making up stories (not exactly the same thing as lying) and enjoying the adventures of her fictional characters. With more than eight-five published novels to her name, she has been able to live her dream. Four of Judith's novels have received awards from RT Book Reviews Magazine (for Best Harlequin American Romance, Best Harlequin Superromance, Best Series Romance Novel and Best Contemporary Romance Novel) and she's a three-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award. Her novel Love In Bloom's was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. A New York native, Judith lives in New England. Visit her web site:

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