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  • Series: Days of Our Lives
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Days of our Lives Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402244770
  • ASIN: B006CDDC2M
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few places on earth are as dazzling as London on New Year's Eve, and this year was no exception.

Hundreds of thousands of revelers swarmed the streets for miles around the Thames as they waited in the freezing night air for the most recognizable clock in the world, Big Ben, to strike midnight. The centuries-old celebration in historic Trafalgar Square had been relocated to the "London Eye," a massive Ferris wheel on the Thames that could be seen from all across the most visited city in the world. And when the ten-minute fireworks extravaganza started, London would erupt into glorious chaos.

Most people huddled together for warmth on the packed streets while they waited, but the glitterati were celebrating in the world-famous clubs and bars across London. Charley Gaines, a beautiful teenaged former heiress, and her brothers were at the hottest New Year's Eve party in the city at the rooftop club Rockwell.

Jubilation, passion, debauchery, and hope mingled in the air. Dom Pérignon corks popped. Everyone was there-from Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, The Black Eyed Peas, and Quentin Tarantino.

"Jackson," Charley said as she tapped her big brother on the shoulder, "I want to get out of here before the city goes mad."

There was no answer. Charley turned to see that he was in a lip-lock with Abby Deveraux. Jackson and Abby had been seeing each other off and on since they had met the previous summer in Monte Carlo. It had been a tumultuous summer for the Gaines family-a summer that had ended not only with the collapses of their father's financial empire and their mother's OMG fashion house, but with their parents' tragic deaths as well.

But this was New Year's Eve, and Jackson, Charley, and Chance were determined to put the old year's tragedies behind them as best they could. It's what their larger-than-life, full-of-pride, and totally image-conscious parents would have expected.

"It's not even midnight," Charley said, shaking her head with a smile. Then her other brother squeezed past her as he headed to his Tom-Ford-suited date. "Chance!" she shouted.

The next in line to the now-defunct Gaines throne was car­rying two shots of Milagro Select. "Can I get you one, Sis?" Chance smiled, indicating the pricey liquor as he inched his way through the massive partying crowd. "It'll have to be after midnight."

"No, I'm leaving...and tequila's not my thing, in case you for­got!" she reminded him.

"But New Year's Eve is a time to celebrate. This last year is almost over," he said emphatically over the escalating din. "Only way to go is up."

"And we will!" Charley proclaimed a little too emphatically. "I feel it."

"Me, too," Chance lied. The Gaineses all hoped for the best but had learned to expect the worst.
Someone blew a paper horn in Charley's ear. It didn't matter that these were some of the wealthiest celebrities from around the globe; cheesy horns and noisemakers were at the ready.

"Ten..." the crowd started as the countdown all around Europe began.

"Oh, no!" Charley gasped.

"...nine..."

"See you tomorrow?" she yelled to her brother over the deaf­ening noise.

"...eight..."

"Gotta go over our resolutions!" she continued, straining to be heard.

"...seven..."

"Bye!" She needed to make her getaway.

"SEX!"

Chance nodded, laughing cheekily at the crowd's countdown joke as he turned and handed his date the intoxicating drink.

"...five..."

"'Scuse me, 'scuse me!" Charley repeated as she shouldered her way through the crowd.

"...four...three..."

Time was running out, and Charley began to panic. If the club was a madhouse now, in ten minutes it would be a zoo. She was in a sea of Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and even some cherished logos that represented her mother's internationally coveted OMG brand.

"Charley, how was your Christmas?" squeaky-voiced Dalita Kasagian yelled, distracting Charley whose heel caught on the rug as she tried to avoid Dalita.

"...two..."

Charley lurched for the exit and struggled to keep from falling flat on her face. As she started to go down, the club went totally mad.

"Happy New Year!" Horns blared, people kissed, confetti flew, and fireworks filled the London sky. Charley fell into the arms of a tall, dark, and strikingly handsome man who was standing with a eurotrash entourage behind him.

"Just who I was looking for." The man smiled evenly through pearly white teeth. "Charley Gaines."

Did he just say my name? she thought.

"Vincent Castle?" Charley gasped as she realized who he was.

Vince Castle was only the most successful photographer since Annie Leibovitz. Charley's mother had always wanted him for the OMG fashion layouts. And as an aspiring photographer herself, Charley was in total awe.

"Good eye." Vince smiled as he indicated the madness. "This is nuts."

Before she could agree, Vince wrapped his arm through hers and led her out of the party everyone in London would give their eyeteeth to be in.

As they made their way through dozens of kissing, groping, and dancing partyers, Charley was dumbstruck.

What does Vince Castle want from me?


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buck Winthrop VINE VOICE on May 7, 2011
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In this frothy follow up in what has become a very tantilizing trio of books based on the iconic "Days of Our Lives" Sheri Anderson once again delivers--perhaps even a bit more than the first book. We are once again taken on a ride with such beloved characters such as Patch and Kayla and many others. The dialogue is engaging and the story-telling what one might expect from the author who was responsible for making "Days of Our Lives" so popular in the hey-day of soaps.

In a time when the soap opera genre seems to be dwindling, one has to wonder: If Sheri Anderson can churn out excellent books one after another based on DOOL--Then why on earth do the powers that be allow someone not a tenth as talented as Sheri write the actual show? Sort of a head scratching question.

Very entertaining for fans and non-fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Capobianco on April 27, 2011
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For those who are familiar with Sheri Anderson and her time as head writer on "Days of Our Lives," this is a must read! Some new readers who may be unfamiliar with the show and it's characters will also find themselves wrapped up in Anderson's quick paced and exciting storytelling. Those who have a better grasp on the history of the show may get a lot more out of the story itself, but it can easily be picked up by new and old fans alike.

In "A Stirring From Salem," the second novel in the "Salem's Secrets, Scandals and Lies" series, Anderson takes us to South Africa where we encounter many old and familiar characters from Days, as well as some new characters, some of which were introduced in her first novel, "A Secret in Salem." Much of the story revolves around Steve "Patch" Johnson and Dr. Kayla Brady, with appearances from John Black, Marlena Evans, Bill Horton, Abby Deveraux, and newly introduced characters Charlotte (aka Charley), Chase, and Jackson Gaines. Readers can also expect to see a handful of new names on the canvas.

With Anderson's incredible attention to detail and great use of imagery, you can't help but feel like you are seeing every aspect of the South African landscape through the character's eyes. On a more personal note, I could not help but see scenes from the film "Out Of Africa" in my mind the entire time I was reading. Having the character's faces as well as the mental image from the film in my mind contributed a great deal to the story itself and as a result, I could not put the book down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele on June 18, 2011
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It was great revisiting old favorites like John, Marlena and Bill Horton in this beautifully written love story with Africa as it's backdrop. I continued to fall in love with the character of Charley and her developing relationship with her newly discovered parents. And don't forget her drop dead gorgeous brothers and the kooky Scarlett. Very colorful characters and an easy, enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grama V on August 9, 2011
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Love love love this book....this writer. The only thing I wish is that the books were longer!! It seems once I start reading I can't put them down. Loved the first one too!! Waiting patiently for the third. Thank you Sheri, I'm a huge "Days" fan and enjoy your writing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on May 21, 2011
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"A Stirring from Salem" is the second in the series of "Days of Our Lives" novels by the show's former headwriter Sheri Anderson, and just as with the first novel ("A Secret in Salem"), fans and non-fans of the show alike will be able to be immediately drawn into the story. Ms. Anderson again manages to build on past TV storylines while simultaneously introducing the characters (and indeed, the plot of the first novel) to the unfamiliar reader. But make no mistake, this is done succinctly and efficiently, which allows the reader to quickly move into the plot of this new story. Perhaps even more of a thriller than the first book, "A Stirring in Salem" takes place in South Africa, where John and Marlena Black, Charley Gaines and additional "Days of Our Lives" favorites Steve and Kayla Johnson must race to uncover a nefarious plot by some unexpected villains... and what good soap doesn't have those? Ms. Anderson has written another page-turner which again draws on her considerable descriptive and narrative talents. The reader of this series is fortunate that a third book is already in the works, and, hopefully, more will come after that. For is it fair that a story based on one of the longest-running shows on TV should only have three installments? Fans have stayed with "Days of Our Lives" for decades, and Ms. Anderson's novels are sure to be classics as well.
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As a Days of Our Lives fan I had to check out this book especially after reading the first book. So I was happy to get the book when I found it on sale. The story that was started in Secret in Salem continues on in this book as well as plenty of new drama. I love that one of my favorite soap opera pairings Patch and Kayla are featured in the book and she even remembered to include their song Lady in red in the story. Not wanting to give away to too much in case the first book hasn't been read but the story takes place in Africa. What is happening with Bill Horton? Is he drinking again or is there something wrong. There is also a big problem with animal poaching in the area. I felt this book did an even better job at incorporating the Days and non Days characters in the story. The price of the book might be a little high but if you were a Days or Patch and Kayla fan it is probably worth the price. You can always buy it in book form as it's also offered on Amazon.
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