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Season for Love: Gansett Island Series, Book 6
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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.
Marie --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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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.
Lots of people having sex with each other but the plot of the book gets lost with all the sex that everyone's having. I've read other books by this author and didn't fell this way. Just seems like she added all these other people in just to get another book out of the series.
In this book Owen and Laura recognize their attraction to one another and (yup) it turns to love. No big angsty issues here but a few hurdles to jump over (very realistic problems). As usual we get to be updated on all the Island goings-on. All our favorite love-matches from prior books get their update. I adore that nobody is left out of the newest issue in the series. Makes me feel like my reading the prior books really mattered. Makes me want to go back and reread.
Anyway......Laura and Owen are HOT HOT HOT. A very good love match.
Excellent book in this fantastic series. I look forward to the next release and recommend this series without reservation. Thank you Marie Force!