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A Summer Sentence (The Barbourville Series) [Kindle Edition]

Carolynn Carey
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Book Description

Megan Marsh was just passing through McCray County, Tennessee on her way to a career in Chicago, but after a run-in with an overzealous deputy involving a bee, a slap, a speeding ticket, and a heap of misunderstanding, she finds herself suddenly immersed in small town life serving a summer sentence.

The man responsible for her community service is the devastatingly handsome sheriff, Daniel McCray. From the moment they meet, something sparkles in each of them.

Unfortunately, Daniel's roots are firmly entrenched in rural McCray County and the last thing he needs is to feel an overwhelming attraction for a city girl who's just passing through. But for some reason, every time they meet the attraction grows.

Much to Megan's surprise, she revels in the joys of small town society, but she can't forget her vow to become an inner city teacher. She wants to teach the underprivileged. However, the more she learns about McCray County and Daniel, the more she believes her future lies there.

Can the rural sheriff and the city socialite learn to accept love even when their dreams keep pushing them apart?

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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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Romance April 15, 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Romance March 31, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars a very sweet story! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy read.. 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
3.0 out of 5 stars light holiday reading 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Hometown Read 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Predictable story line but an enjoyable book. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read.
I have read all 4 of this series and had so much fun reading them. You know how it will turn out but it is so much fun getting there.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, easy reading, happy ending book.
Excellent author and book.
Takes a person back to a better time. Very relaxing book. Will read more of her books.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, easy, entertaining read
Nice easy and quick read that just makes you feel good about love and its unexpected possibilities. Basically, rich city girl travels thru a small town, gets pulled over for a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vicki of CA
5.0 out of 5 stars super cute romance
Loved the characters and the descriptions of the gorgeous scenery! This author did a great job of proving you can have heat and romance without inappropriate sexual content!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy Petrowich
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Triumphs
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the authors unveiling of each character and the interaction between them.

A fun read with a few twists and turns where love triumphs.
Published 2 months ago by Alan or Sue Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams can change!
Reminds me of my summers on my grandparents farm and getting away from the city. Small town life and big city romance. Fun and quick read.
Published 2 months ago by kathy blank
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Loved this book. Will be reading the whole series.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good story, but too short
Interesting,but unlikely, quick romance
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story, but predictable
A good story, but predictable.
Published 3 months ago by pat petzel
5.0 out of 5 stars great country love story
These are great folks in this story that enjoy life. They have a small town and a big heart. They embrace Meg as soon as she arrives and the race is on to keep her there.
Published 3 months ago by D. Zolezzi
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More About the Author

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 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest. FALLING FOR DALLAS, the second in the Barbourville series, was also an award winner. The third Barbourville book, DEALING WITH DENVER, was recognized with an Award of Merit in the HOLT Medallion contest. Most recently, both THE FORGOTTEN CHRISTMAS TREE (a Barbourville novel) and MY CUPCAKE, MY LOVE were awarded first place by readers judging the HOLT Medallion contest for 2014.

Carolynn was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee, which explains her pleasure in writing contemporary romances set in Tennessee towns. But as a long-time fan of Georgette Heyer, she also enjoys reading and writing about the Regency period in England. Carolynn's first published Regency, COMPROMISING SITUATIONS, won the National Readers' Choice Award in the Regency category and the 2008 Laurie Award for Published Authors. Her novel entitled MY ELUSIVE COUNTESS is set in the Regency category, as is THE SECRET CHRISTMAS CIPHERS, which won an Award of Merit in the 2013 HOLT Medallion contest.

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