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Gansett Island Episodes: Season 1, Episode 1 (Gansett Island Series) Paperback – March 21, 2017
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"Marie's books focus on a main couple but always includes many supporting characters that enable us to see their lives and relationships grow and change. I really enjoyed this story and the idea of the episodes." --review from Comfy Chair Books
"I enjoyed this short story and my ferry ride over to Gansett Island. Victoria and Shannon's story is a poignant story about friendship, community, faith and love. The ending of this book was beautifully written and perfect for Victoria and Shannon." --review from Lady Celeste Reads Romance
"Great read that has the perfect background for a mini vacation. I am going to love these novella length check ins of our favorite island inhabitants. Marie has a way of capturing her readers with spell bounding tales of the fluidity of each relationships among our beloved Gansett Island residents." --5 star review from Jezabell Girl & Friends
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Victoria came to Gansett Island intending to spend about a year gaining some experience as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Little did she know that Gansett Island would work it's special magic on her and she would soon realize that the island had become her home. She loves her profession and the challenge of providing prenatal care to the women on the island. Together nearly a year, Victoria has also come to love her boyfriend Shannon O'Grady. Although her physical relationship with Shannon has been wonderful, lately she feels that it lacks the kind of true intimacy she craves. Due to his refusal to talk about his past life in Ireland and his intention to keep their relationship light rather than allow it to become serious, Victoria comes to the realization that she doesn't really know Shannon any better than the day they met one year ago. Their relationship may seem perfect on the surface but it's foundation is shaky. Determined to find out the answers to Shannon's past Victoria turns to his cousin Seamus for answers. What she discovers will turn her whole world upside down and have her wishing she had left well enough alone! Part of her wants to hold Shannon and love him even if he's not capable of giving her more but Victoria is determined not to settle for less.
Nine years ago Shannon O'Grady suffered an unimaginable tragedy that left him feeling like a shell of the man he'd once been. He had come to Gansett Island with his Aunt Nora to visit his cousin Seamus. What he hadn't expected was to meet the wonderful, always joyful and very sexy Victoria Stevens and to stay on Gansett Island when his Aunt Nora left to go home to Ireland two weeks later. Almost one year later, he loves his job and the life he's found on Gansett Island. After a year on the island he's also come to the realization that Gansett feels like home in a way that Ireland hadn't since his life took a tragic turn. He hadn't planned on staying but after 2 weeks with Victoria he hadn't been ready to leave her. One year later he still wasn't ready to leave her! After suffering through tragedy, he had been determined to never become involved again. He thought his plan was working until he met Victoria and Gansett Island. Since meeting Victoria his life has been so much better and his dark moods appear less often. He admires Victoria and is grateful that she doesn't push him for more than he was capable of giving. Little did he know that after Victoria talks to Seamus that was all about to change. He soon discovers that Victoria has scaled all the walls he had built around his heart to protect himself and that she has become his home! Shannon fears that he may have pushed Victoria away for good and that his realizations may have come too late! Has he lost Victoria or can he still win her back?
Victoria & Shannon's story was an excellent start to Marie Force's Gansett Island Episodes! I loved getting to know them and enjoyed reading about how they were able to overcome the many obstacles in their way to find their "fairy tale" ending! In this episode we get a chance to visit with many other beloved Gansett Island characters. We also get to welcome three new babies to Gansett! All three mothers had to overcome their own personal tragedies and challenges to find true happiness. Reading about their birthing experience, the overwhelmed and emotional dads, and seeing them all so happy in welcoming their new little ones into the world was truly special.
Once again Marie Force has written another amazing Gansett Island story. I always enjoy having the chance to visit with some of my favorite characters from Gansett! With these new Episodes I look forward to making the trip to Gansett more often. I'm looking forward to Episode 2 which will be Kevin & Chelsea's story. I can't wait! Thank you Marie for sharing your remarkable talent with your fans! As always I am anxiously awaiting your next release! I hope you have a wonderful time in Ireland!💕
P.S. Several island babies are born during the course of this one.
Victoria & Shannon's story is the first book in Marie Forces's new Gansett Island Episodes which is a novella series that focuses on some of the characters readers have met in previous Gansett Island books. The new episodes will be shorter stories about some of the past characters that we have come to know and love but always want more of. These new episodes will also focus on characters that we've always wanted to know more about but who haven't been highlighted in past books! In Episode 1 we get to know Victoria Stevens the islands Certified Nurse Midwife and her boyfriend Shannon O'Grady.
Victoria works at the Island's hospital as a midwife. She has played a minor part in the baby boom that has recently been going on around the island. I knew that she had started dating Shannon when he came from Ireland, but I had little idea of what was happening between them. I really enjoyed getting up close and familiar with these two memorable characters. I also loved seeing how she handles the pressure of being the only midwife on the island as three of my favorite families come in to deliver their long awaited children.
Shannon works on the ferry with his cousin. He has had a past that has kept him from opening up and letting others know about the secrets he has hidden away. He loves Victoria and is quite happy with her, but has difficulty showing her his feelings.
Marie Force has captivated me from the start with this novella and did not let go. It is filled with humor, combustible chemistry and a continuation of the wonderful world she has created on Gansett Island. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next on this incredible Island.
Victoria and Shannon have been together for a year now after what was supposed to be a short trip to visit his cousin turned into Shannon deciding to stay both on Gansett Island and with Victoria. While Victoria has been ready for some time to move the relationship to the next level, something is holding Shannon back and she's desperate to get to the bottom of it.
It was great to get to see where Victoria and Shannon are in their relationship and to take a peek into the lives of several other of our favorite couples on the Island. This short story was packed full of joy, sorrow, hope and love and I can't wait to visit the Island again soon!