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Season for Love: Gansett Island Series, Book 6 Paperback – June 3, 2012
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"With the McCarthy's of Gansett Island, Marie Force makes you believe in the power of true love and happily ever after. Over and over again." ―Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Serendipity series
"Marie Force weaves a magical story with Hoping for Love! I'm totally enamored with Grace and Evan! When I got to the last page I said, 'noooooooo I don't want it to be over!' I just love everything about Ms. Force's McCarthys of Gansett Island series! These people have become like family. They make me laugh and cry and dream of love. Grace and Evan's beautiful relationship blooms stunningly in Hoping for Love. Both characters have a lot of questions about their feelings and I love how Ms. Force leads these two down the path of love." ―Joyfully Reviewed
"Ms. Force has the ability to make you fall in love with her Island and all of the quirky and sweet characters that reside there. I can't wait to read the next story in this fantastic series! Falling For Love is another keeper in the McCarthy's of Gansett Island series!" ―Joyfully Reviewed.
From the Author
Welcome back to Gansett Island for the long-awaited story of Owen Lawry and Laura McCarthy. Owen and Laura have been on "slow burn" status since book 4, FALLING FOR LOVE. They met after her cousin Janey's wedding and formed an immediate friendship that has, over time, turned to love. How can you not love a guy who scrapes you up off the floor after a bout of morning sickness, especially when the baby isn't even his? Ah, Owen, how do we love you? Let us count the ways! Laura's estranged husband isn't going quietly, and some challenges from Owen's past will surface as well. Along the way, we'll catch up with all our favorite couples and catch a glimpse of some future romances in the making.
Writing about this family and their life on an island so much like my beloved Block Island has been the most fun I've ever had as a writer. Thank you for embracing my fictional family and for all the lovely reviews you've posted. I appreciate your e-mails and Facebook posts more than you'll ever know. I always love to hear from readers. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're not yet on my mailing list and wish to be added for occasional updates on future books and launch-day notifications for new books, join here. Also, join us on Facebook at Marie Force Book Talk where we chat about my books, other books we love and lots of stuff that has nothing to do with books! You can also join the fun at the McCarthys of Gansett Island Reader Group where we cover important topics such as which of the Gansett Island men we wouldn't kick out of bed and what actors would play the McCarthy brothers in our fictional movie. When each new book is released, we form a separate group to dish about the new story. You can find the Season for Love Reader Group. Come join the fun!
While SEASON FOR LOVE is intended to be a stand-alone story, you will enjoy it more if you read MAID FOR LOVE, FOOL FOR LOVE, READY FOR LOVE, FALLING FOR LOVE and HOPING FOR LOVE first. Be sure to turn the page after the Epilogue for a special Gansett Island short story AND a sneak peek at book 7, LONGING FOR LOVE.
Thanks as always to my brilliant behind-the-scenes team: Linda Ingmanson edits for me, and Kristina Brinton does my beautiful covers. Thank you to my beta readers extraordinaire, Ronlyn Howe, Kara Conrad and Anne Woodall, as well as my writing buddy, Jessica Smith, who did a proofread.
This is the first book I've written in my new life as a self-employed author. I give thanks every day for all the readers who've made my new job possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Top Customer Reviews
I can understand some people don't like the back and forth on the series' other characters but I personally welcomed reading up on what everyone else was doing. I cannot wait to read Tiffany and Blaine's story and catch up on Carolina and Seamus and Dan and Kara!! I am especially looking forward to Dan and Kara's story - a lot of mystery there - should be interesting! I also look forward to how everyone else is doing, especially Joe and Janey - love them!!
Keep them coming!! I love living on the island vicariously through all of these characters!!
*~*~* beware of spoilers *~*~*
I loved the main characters of the previous books in the Gansett Island series, but their sappy anecdotes in this book just interrupted the flow of the story and completely threw me out of my reading trance several times.
Anyone who hasn't read the other books in the series will have NO clue who these people are, and it's a waste of exposition to give us their backstories. Readers like me who have devoured the previous books already know that McCarthys & Friends have the most romantic, sex-filled marriages ever, and one book for each couple is enough.
And then we get more Tiffany and Blaine. And now Carolina and Seamus. And now Dan and Kara. And soon Jenny and whoever (probably Adam). It's just too many couples to keep track of, and I don't want to have to choose which chapters to skip.
I'm also getting very frustrated with the continuing emphasis on the "Let's Rebound Into A New Relationship With No Downtime Whatsoever!" theme. Janey. Sydney. Laura. Tiffany. I think the tourist brochures for Gansett Island must have a tagline like "Where Fabulous Single Men Appear Out Of Nowhere Whenever A Damsel In Distress Needs One."
Laura and Owen actually do discuss "she can't live without a man" (a thought planted by the Evil Ex-Husband), but it's quickly glossed over and forgotten. As a divorced single parent, I get *really* tetchy reading romances that ignore the struggle for self-esteem and self-sufficiency or treat it as an afterthought.
I'm also confused about Jenny the Lighthouse Keeper. We get an entire chapter of her sob story at the beginning, and then she's reduced to cameo appearances in two throwaway scenes. I know it's setting her up for her own storyline, but why include the tragic backstory here? And a "Tell Us Your Life Story" essay question might be believable for a college application, but not for a job.
I'm not ready to give up on this series yet, but I hope the next installment features more relationship building and less soap opera.
The only thing that bothers me a little about the series is that by the time you reach book 5, the author has repeated everyones story for review sake like 20 times and you get tired of hearing it over and over. I understand that for those that read these as stand alone books, you have to make sure that they are caught up, but it does effect the story line. When you couple that up with the redundant love making scenes, 50% of the book is review and boring love scenes.
So what to do? NO idea, I'm not a writer. I think she has to change her writing style a little to keep the flow exciting. There are too many sub stories going on all the time and this book had it all. I would suggest putting the other couples on back burner, focus on the couple featured and let them shine.
Read 1-5 you'll enjoy it, zip through 6 cause it's semi boring. I'm still looking forward to #7 though.