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A Summer Sentence (The Barbourville Series) Kindle Edition

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From the Author

When I started writing A Summer Sentence, I had no idea it would become the first book in the Barbourville series. As it turned out, some of the characters in A Summer Sentence (including triplet brothers) called for their own books, so three more followed: Falling for Dallas, Dealing with Denver, and Dreaming of Dayton. After I told their stories, I didn't want to leave the small Tennessee town for good, so I set the next book (The Forgotten Christmas Tree) in Sonny's Diner in downtown Barbourville. Next, a minor character in The Forgotten Christmas Tree captured my interest, and he reappears as the hero in At Home in Barbourville. I expect more will follow because I thoroughly enjoy writing this series. I hope readers enjoy it as much.

About the Author

Award-winning author Carolynn Carey has had a love affair with the written word for most of her life, so perhaps it was inevitable that she would end up writing romantic fiction. In addition to writing, she loves to read and she also enjoys her career as an academic editor. She and her husband live in Knoxville, Tennessee and their daughter is a teacher of---what else?---English.

Product Details

  • File Size: 845 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (December 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHCYXT0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Three of Carolynn Carey's manuscripts were finalists in the Golden Heart contest of the Romance Writers of America before her first book, A SUMMER SENTENCE, was published in 2005. A SUMMER SENTENCE, a contemporary romance set in a fictional small town named Barbourville, won an Award of Merit in the HOLT Medallion contest and finaled in the National Readers' Choice Awards in two categories (Best First Book and Traditional). Of the eight Barbourville books to date, most have been recognized in various contests. Both THE FORGOTTEN CHRISTMAS TREE (a Barbourville novel) and MY CUPCAKE, MY LOVE (a contemporary holiday romance) won in their categories in the HOLT Medallion contest.

Carolynn was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee, which explains her pleasure in writing contemporary romances set in Tennessee towns. She also enjoys writing about the Regency period in England. Her first published Regency, COMPROMISING SITUATIONS, won the National Readers' Choice Award and the 2008 Laurie Award. Her novels entitled A SIMPLE LADY and MY ELUSIVE COUNTESS are set in the Regency period, as is THE SECRET CHRISTMAS CIPHERS, which won an Award of Merit in the 2013 HOLT Medallion contest.

Carolynn loves to receive feedback from readers. You can reach her through the contact page on her website (http://www.carolynncarey.com). Also, she would love for you to follow her on Facebook (http://facebook.com/carolynncareybooks).

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After a blowup with her father, Megan Marsh heads to Chicago to follow her dream. On the way, she passes through McCray County, Tennessee where a misunderstanding leads to performing community service in this quaint town.

Sheriff Daniel McCray can't see living anywhere else. He has hopes of finding a hometown girl and starting a family. He's not ready for the attraction towards Megan. For that matter, neither can she. They come from two different worlds and their goals don't match. A relationship between the two wouldn't work out. Or would it?

The story begins as funny and stays fairly engaging throughout, but parts of the story are hokey, not to mention awkward dialogue in places and a predictable plot. The characters are stereotypical such as the high-strung deputy that resembles Mayberry's Barney Fife, but I enjoyed Megan and Daniel as well as Megan's uncles, Dallas, Dayton, and Denver. Oh, and let's not forget Daniel's Uncle Bob. He was the mastermind behind Megan's community service.

All-in-all, this was a cute story with engaging characters, but it's more likely to fit the 1970 era. People, especially poverty-stricken children simply do not act like that anymore--no matter how rural the town.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Regina Pounds on March 31, 2006
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Small town life described with authentic flavor, likeable characters, and a good deal of fine humor make this chaste love story suitable for readers of all ages. Easy to read and relatively short, this hardcover book would make a great gift for anyone, but perhaps especially for a young reader who is ready to discover the romance genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janice Hunt on October 20, 2013
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I enjoyed this entertaining & romantic story, especially one w/o all the graphic love scenes. This was written so that even my teen-age granddaughter could read it and not be embarrassed. Great Job Ms. Carey, I'll look forward to other books written by you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline on April 9, 2014
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The idea for the story was promising, but the follow through was lacking. Before the characters even knew each other on a realistic level they were in love. That made it hard to really immerse myself into the love story and made the book predictable. It was a quick easy read, but isn't something I would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KimmyWood on June 20, 2013
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It took me a moment to remember the story while thinking about this review. A highly unlikely scenario, but pleasant all the same. took about 3 hours to read - a rainy Sunday afternoon, a cup of tea and a "fluff" book and all is right with the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JES on May 15, 2014
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Being the first book in a series it makes you want to continue on to book two. Although it is a slow start, each character comes alive and their personality fits right into to small town life. Although it is a romance novel, the content is clean with no "adult" rated scenes. Would recommend for a good leisurely afternoon in the sun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ndh7 on May 14, 2014
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This was a fun book to read. I thought it was well-written and the story moved along. Language and content rated "G" which I appreciated. So even though the ending was expected, I would recommend this book as a relaxing one for "light" reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Cline on May 13, 2014
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I am a sucker for romance, and this was a wonderful tale. A story I could recommend to anyone without a blush over any graphic scenes. This was my first book by this author, but it most certainly will not be my last!
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