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Freethy (Silent Run) launches the Angel's Bay paranormal romance series with this atmospheric but slow-moving and formulaic tale. Angel's Bay, Calif., swirls with secrets, hidden identities, regrets and belief in angels. Reporter Reid Tanner arrives to discredit a video of angel sightings, but gets distracted by newcomer Jenna Davies's determination to avoid publicity after she rescues a suicidal pregnant girl. Meanwhile, mysterious symbols appearing on a cliff, invisible assisting hands and flashbacks to previous lives suggest that the town's legendary guardian angels are real. Numerous secondary characters (perhaps aimed at future books) crowd Jenna and Reid, and Freethy's nicely descriptive prose wraps them in a pleasant quilt of intrigue, despite their lack of chemistry. (July)
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"Family secrets, passion, betrayal and redemption." -- Susan Wiggs

"This book has it all: heart, community, and characters who will remain with you long after the book is ended." -- Debbie Macomber
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Product Details

  • Series: Angel's Bay
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Original edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439101566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439101568
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 40 novels. Traditionally published for many years, in 2011 Barbara began self publishing her backlist and has sold over 5 million ebooks and as of today she is the bestselling KDP Author of ALL TIME! Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her book SUMMER SECRETS hit #1 on the New York Times and remained on the list for seven weeks. Other bestselling titles include ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (Callaways #1), DON'T SAY A WORD, GOLDEN LIES, ALL SHE EVER WANTED, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, RYAN'S RETURN, DANIEL'S GIFT, LOVE WILL FIND A WAY, SILENT RUN and TAKEN.

Barbara writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. She is known for writing emotional and compelling stories about love and family, sometimes with a little suspense, sometimes with a little magic.

She is currently writing a new contemporary family series, THE CALLAWAYS about a family born to "serve and protect" several as San Francisco firefighters!

Books available include
ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (#1)
SO THIS IS LOVE (#2)
FALLING FOR A STRANGER (#3)
BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER (#4)
NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella)
ALL A HEART NEEDS (#5)
THAT SUMMER NIGHT (#6)
WHEN SHADOWS FALL (#7)
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW (#8)

Over 1.5 million readers are enjoying the Callaway Series - this is one you won't want to miss!

Barbara also recently put out three books in the WISH Series which include:
A SECRET WISH (Wish Series #1)
JUST A WISH AWAY (Wish Series #2)
WHEN WISHES COLLIDE (Wish Series #3)

The books are standalone, but are connected by the theme of wishes! They're romantic, emotional and fun.

Visit Barbara's website at http://www.barbarafreethy.com
Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/BarbaraFreethy
Check out her Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/BarbaraFreethyBooks

Barbara lives in California with her husband and children. When she's not writing or reading, she's probably taking a long walk or playing tennis!

** Readers should know that the titles THE CUZZIAN HORSE and PATRICK MICHAEL O'REILLY'S 13TH SUMMER, which often appear mixed in with Barbara's titles, are written by a different author with the name of Barbara Freethy

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What makes Angel's Bay different than the rest of California is a belief that angels exist. There is proof as a video of sightings has gotten around, but reporter Reid Tanner assumes a clever fraud by the townsfolk. He plans to prove the whole thing is a fake.

Tanner meets another newcomer Jenna Davies who saved a pregnant girl from suicide. He is attracted to her because she avoids the publicity her rescue warrants. Meanwhile, enigmatic etchings appear on a cliff that is nearly impossible to climb let alone stop to carve symbols. Soon Tanner begins to wonder if the legends are true as someone unseen seems to help people there and glimpses of what appears to be previous lives occur. Either that or someone is pulling off quite a fraud with no obvious motive.

The premise is intriguing as the townsfolk fully believe angels reside with them leading to a fun paranormal romance between the ultimate skeptic seeking the scam and the somewhat doubting but hopeful other newcomer. They are a solid lead couple as each separately and together struggle to navigate the nuances of Angel's Bay although the numerous appearances of the zillion townsfolk at times overwhelms their prime plot. Still this is a warm lighthearted romp that fans will enjoy and look forward to apparently future angelic sagas.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By alabama lady on January 23, 2010
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I had never read this author before and now I am trying to find every book I can by her. It is a refreshing change from what I normally read (best-selling murder mysteries).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on July 11, 2010
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The last thing that Jenna Davis is looking for is attention, but when she sees a pregnant teenager try to kill herself by jumping off a pier, she has to help. An action which brings reporter Reid Tanner into her life. Reid can tell that Jenna is hiding something and the reporter in him wants to find out what it is. But Reid's digging can bring danger to them all. As Jenna and Reid get closer to danger, can Reid protect her?

I can't believe I missed this series when it first debuted last year. I'm loving Angel's Bay!! And Suddenly One Summer is a jam up way to start a new series! I loved Jenna and Reid and found myself absorbed with the people of Angel's Bay. Loaded with secondary characters that you are anxious to see more of in future books, Suddenly One Summer is not to be missed! I'm off to read the second book in this series, On Shadow Beach, right now!

Melissa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emmy on August 15, 2011
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I've just finished reading "Suddenly One Summer". I loved the book, the town, the characters. While Barbara Freethy built the story around the main characters, she also gave enough information about other characters to leave me wanting more, to know their story and what happens in their life. The story builds from the beginning of the book to a fast finish. I knew what was coming but not how quickly or how it would end.
Now, as I've said, I want more. It's 10:50 PM, I just finished the book. I signed back in to Amazon.com to buy the next book. I have to continue with the story. I sure hope Barbara can write as fast as I can read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candy on August 20, 2010
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Picked up the Angel Bay series by Barbara Freethy this summer and cannot wait till the next one is released!
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The first in the Angel's Bay Series and a definite winner. I found this one at the local Goodwill for .99cents. I had never read anything by Freethy before and found this to be wonderful. It introduces the main character and her secrets while also introducing us to a wonderful community of ppl. living in the fishing village of Angel's Bay CA. I loved how the author was able to focus on the main character and her plight, while also bringing in other characters and their stories as well. I felt like I was right there meeting so many great people. Of course, this is the first of five books so I was thrilled that the story continued. The second book , Suddenly One Summer continues this exciting story !
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This is a new series - I want them all!

Book 1 Suddenly One Summer (Angel's Bay)
Fast clean development of the story - excellent characters and a nice bit of folklore and magic!
What more could you want? I love escaping into Barbara Freethy books and this one did NOT disappoint!
Now I am off to get the rest. I looked up the order and believe this is it:

Book 1 Suddenly One Summer
Book 2 On Shadow Beach
Book 3 In Shelter Cove
Book 4 At Hidden Falls
Book 5 Garden of Secrets
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I loved this book - in fact, I really love any and all of Barbara Freethy's book. She has this way of sucking you into the story right at the beginning of the story. This was such a great story and she introduced the characters so well. You almost felt like you were there. I become attached to her characters and want to read more about them - another story. I am reading the whole Angel's Bay series now and I can't put them down. You won't be disappointed reading her books. Money well spent.
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