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Shore Lights (Paradise Point NJ - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Bretton
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Book Description

There's nothing more dangerous to a woman's heart than a man who is single, straight, loves his kid, and doesn't kiss and tell . . .

The first book in USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Bretton's acclaimed Paradise Point series

Maddy Bainbridge left her Jersey Shore home town right after high school, determined to put as many miles as possible between herself and her many meddling relatives.

Now she's back in Paradise Point -- an unemployed single mother whose only option is to accept her mother Rose's offer of a job and a place to live.

But it doesn't take Maddy long to discover that the things about your mother that made you crazy at 17 make you even crazier at 32. Rose's critical comments bring out Maddy's inner teenager and by the beginning of December, the end is in sight. Maddy would stay there at the Candlelight Inn, her mother's popular B&B, through Christmas for her daughter Hannah's sake, but once the New Year rolled around, she'd be out of there.

And then fate, in the form of an online auction battle over a Russian samovar that looks like Aladdin's lamp, brings home-town hero Aidan O'Malley into her life and suddenly Maddy begins to believe anything is possible.

A child's dreams, an old woman's memories, the joys and heartaches that come with being part of a family, the thrill of new love and the deep comfort of love that stood the test of time -- it all comes together that one special holiday season when even the most battered hearts open just wide enough to let a miracle or two slip through.

Home: it's where your story starts.

˃˃˃ And Maddy's story continues in Chances Are, Book 2 in the Paradise Point series.

USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton has been hailed as a "monumental talent" (Affaire de Coeur) and now she delves deeply into the mysteries of family and shows us that even the most independent woman is still a daughter at heart.

SHORE LIGHTS is an absolute wonder of creative writing that comes right from Barbara Bretton's heart into the reader's. It flows with realism and features characters that are so well drawn that you may recognize the same personalities in people you know - "A Perfect Ten" --Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today

Filled with exceptional, multi-dimensional characters and a real-life, easy to believe storyline, you can't go wrong with SHORE LIGHTS. --Thea Candee, The Romance Readers Connection

Exploring relationships and the drama of human emotions are specialties of Barbara Bretton, and once again she delivers. --Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times

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From Publishers Weekly

Bretton's newest contemporary romance (after A Soft Place to Fall) is an engrossing tale of hope, promise, heartache and misplaced dreams. Maddy Bainbridge and her headstrong mother, Rose, have never gotten along, but when Maddy's Seattle-based dot-com crashes and her husband divorces her, she has no choice but to return home to Paradise Point, N.J., with her four-year-old daughter Hannah. It's three weeks before Christmas, and Maddy is determined to make a go of it with her mom while attempting to put a little happiness back in her daughter's life by giving her an Aladdin-style `magic lamp' (actually a teapot) she's found on the Internet. The only problem is that someone is aggressively trying to outbid her. Her adversary, she soon learns, is ex-firefighter Aidan O'Malley, owner of O'Malley's Bar and Grill across town. He's trying to win the teapot for his daughter, Kelly, who believes it to be the one that graced the walls of O'Malley's 50 years earlier. When Maddy scores the winning bid, the sale becomes the catalyst that brings generations of families together, suggesting the teapot may have magic powers after all. While this Christmas tale may seem out of place among the summer season's beach offerings, its uplifting message and smooth storytelling make it a pleasant read any time of year.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Even though she realizes that you can't go home again, financial necessity forces divorcee Maddy to pack up her four-year-old daughter, Hannah, and leave Seattle for Paradise Point, New Jersey, where she moves into her mother's bed-and-breakfast. Desperate to do something that will cheer up her morose child, Maddy sees a samovar resembling Aladdin's lamp on the Internet and begins bidding as "JerseyGirl." Aidan's teenage daughter, Kelly, believing the Russian teapot will make her ailing great-grandmother happy, gives him strict instructions to be the successful bidder. "FireGuy" gives it his best shot but loses to "JerseyGirl." Frantic, he sends e-mail after e-mail to her, upping the profit margin each time, but the mystery woman holds firm. After Maddy and Aidan meet by chance, they realize they have more in common than the samovar, but both have unresolved family issues, and the teapot becomes a symbol of their efforts to resolve them. Bretton's warm, wonderful book presents complex familial and romantic relationships, sympathetic characters, and an underlying poignancy and will please fans of Kathryn Shay and Deborah Smith. Shelley Mosley
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1547 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Press (October 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009RBDMG2
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mother/ Daughter and a Side of Romance February 8, 2013
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Mothers and Daughters have very unique relationships. They can be the heartbreak and the elation. Throw in a Grand-Daughter and a Good Looking Man, with a Daughter, then all the relatives and you've got this book.

It has much 'thinking' of characters and drags the book out, which I just 'skipped read' to get back what was going on. This is the only complaint I have though.

It's 'G' rated, no sex.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Women's Fiction May 29, 2003
By A Customer
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Sometimes an author takes a risk and it works. Sometimes it doesn't. Ms. Bretton took a risk with SHORE LIGHTS and came up with her best book yet. Don't be fooled by the word ROMANCE on the spine. Yes, there's a sweetly emotional love story between Maddy and Aidan but this is really a story about family, especially about mothers and daughters. Ms. Bretton doesn't write about perfect people in a perfect world. Her characters are so real they almost jump out of the book and sit down at the kitchen table with you and tell you their story. This is a comlex story about real human emotions and I can't sum it all up in 1000 words. But I do know that if you're looking to laugh (lots of witty dialog) and to cry (bring your tissues) and to feel better when you finish than you did when you started, SHORE LIGHTS is the book for you.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea (or teapot?) November 9, 2004
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I have read some of Barbara Bretton's other books, and have enjoyed, but this book was a very different type of story, (not a romance), and it just didn't draw me in.

Everybody has their own background, their own slant as to what will touch their heart. I saw that many people loved this book, but I guess our own experiences shape our interest, and although I loved other Barbara Bretton books, I should have checked out the synopsis before buying.

This is not a romance book, but rather a book that was more about mother/daughter relationships. I always had an excellent relationship with my mother, and so this story did not "talk" to me. I felt myself feeling that Rose was very much at fault, and I kept wanting to tell her off! Since it's a little hard to "tell off" a character in a book, this book left me feeling rather frustrated. Add that I didn't like the whole supranatural theme, and I found myself with very little to enjoy! The only part of the book that I liked was the side story about his wonderful daughter, and I felt that that story really went nowhere.

If you are looking for a book about mother/daughter relationships, check the other reviews, and you will see that this book comes highly recommended. But if you are looking for a romance, you might want to look further.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches the Heart May 27, 2003
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This book is so much more than a love story. It is the story of an adult woman's relationship with her mother. It is the story of dealing with past mistakes and inaccurate perceptions, and of strength. It is a story about letting go of a beloved grandmother and seeing the joy within the sadness. It is a book about accepting that some of the greatest loves come with two people who do not meet society's definition of success or perfection,who have their faults and their scars and are loveable anyway. This book caused me to reexamine my relationship with my mother and to relive her death. It was very healing for me to read this book. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for fiction with substance, and a change from the "fluff" we sometimes read. It is the best of Barbara Bretton!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much in one book November 20, 2013
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Too many characters, too many stories in one book. It got confusing trying to follow all the cousins, kids, and background stories. I was getting bored and just wanted to read about the main characters love story but it was more back burner to all the other ones.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best May 27, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have enjoyed reading Mrs. Bretton in the past. Her work can bring tears and smiles. BUT I have to say that SHORE LIGHTS was not her best work. I was expecting to read a story about Maddy and Aidan learning to find love again. Maddy and Her mother finding each other again (or maybe for the first time). Sadly I found the start of the book to be really slow and full of tons of information that in truth just took up space. Once the story starts to pick up and all the characters are dealing with all these new feels and learning to trust and love again the story takes a really weird twist. Maddy's daughter is some how connected to Aidans 101 yr.old grandmother and the connection is a Samvar.
I will read Bretton again, but this one will be on my 'miss' list. If the idea of a 101 yr. old women speaking through a four year old by magic powers of the tea pot then you might want to hold out on this one as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story! January 1, 2013
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I had never read any of Barbara Bretton's books before and simply bought this one for my tradition of a Christmas story. What a find! The characters are so real you want to be friends with them. The emotions are so clearly expressed and heart felt the story takes on a life of it's own and you go along for the ride. When I finished this fabulous book I immediately went on line to see if I could purchase another. Kudos Ms. Bretton. You can add another dedicated fan to your very long list of them.
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57 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shore Lights March 17, 2014
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Diana H. Myers---This book was with Christian romances and it didn't say it was otherwise. It is DEFINITELY OTHERWISE. I kept giving it a chance, because it seemed like a good storyline. Then immorality and more vulgar language erupted. Any one who resorts to that hasn't the vocabulary to write a good book. Six chapters was much more than it deserved to be read.
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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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