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Stranger in Town (Mills & Boon Cherish) (Mills & Boon Superromance) [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Novak
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Book Description

The car accident was Hannah Price's fault--a few seconds of inattention that changed Gabe Holbrook's life forever, destroying everything he'd been or ever wanted to be.

He was a man who'd had it all. Intelligent, handsome, talented, rich, he'd been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Now he's come home to Dundee, the small town where he was raised, but he's a stranger to the people who once knew him. Folks think he's bitter and withdrawn; he knows he's just focused on recovering.

But thanks to Hannah Price, there are some things that can't be fixed. Hannah has been struggling to recover from that fateful night, too. Unlike Gabe, she sustained only minor injuries. But she's not sure she'll ever be able to forgive herself for making a mistake with such far-reaching consequences. Especially when Gabe becomes her older son's football coach, and she begins to fall in love with the man she nearly destroyed...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Cherish (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068SQFN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brenda Novak Bio

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including two Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children--three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research--an online auction held on her Web site ( every May. Brenda has raised over $1 million to date.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 9 Dec. 2010
By Trickle Tree VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is about a NFL football player that was run off the road by a high school friend and his journey to acceptance of his new circumstances with the help of his friends and the woman that ran him off the road. Gabe is a very good romantic male character. He can be grumpy, sexy, romantic, troubled, funny and very kind to his dog. Hannah is bordering on a bit of a weak, woe is me, type person but this is in keeping of someone desperately trying to escape an abusive relationship with her ex husband. The romance is not forced and unravels at a natural pace. I think my only problem was the there was a lot of stories going on and in a book this small, none of the story lines were fully developed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Second chance at love & foregiveness 27 Mar. 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on
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Hannah Price takes a dangerous gamble on a snowy road and in a blink of an eye, ruins hometown legend Gabe Holbrook's NFL career. He never gives up on the chance that he'll one day walk again, and keeps to himself in his remote cabin. When his high school football coach dies suddenly, the school needs a replacement, and his friend Mike asks him to take over.

Hannah's son Kevin is nervous about the new coach - will he have residual anger towards Kevin because of his mother? Hannah tries to run interference and gets the brush off from Gabe. When she spots a beautiful chair that Gabe made, she asks if she can exchange home cooked meals for the chair.
Hannah's looking for forgiveness, and finds love, never believing that he'd return her feelings. Making matters difficult is her former in-laws that would like nothing more than reconciliation for the good of the children.

"Stranger in Town" is just a standard melodramatic Harlequin romance; nothing to write home about and certainly not up to par with Novak's other novels like the superb "Every Waking Moment."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Love Story 1 Feb. 2013
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on
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A Stranger in Town by Brenda Novak

This is a perfect read for the football widows out there this Super Bowl weekend!

Have you ever done something incredibly stupid while you were driving and not gotten caught doing it? Some action that if you did it, might cause you to injure of cripple someone in an accident? Well that is exactly what happened to Hannah. Her ex-husband has taken her children and he is only a few minutes ahead of her. Perhaps she could catch up to him - if only she wasn't behind this person driving on this treacherous road so slowly. As she starts passing this person on a blind curve in a blinding snowstorm, quarterback Gabe Hollbrook is driving in the other direction, about to round that blind curve.

How Ms Novak managed to pull wonderful love story out of this plot line is beyond me, but she did. I think it was her best book I have read yet. The characters are rich in depth. The story is interesting and the fact that our hero is in a wheelchair made this book such a challenge to read without continual sobbing on my part.

The idea of Gabe becoming her son's football coach was ironic at times but to me was a wonderful plot device. Wondering if they would ever learn forgiveness, of themselves and of each other...although I have to admit I thought that Gabe forgave a little more easily than I may have.

I so fell in love with this couple that I want to know more about them...and I don't say that about too many of these romance novels. These novels tend to be a quick read and not books that I usually spend time pondering, but this one I did.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family saga in small town USA 16 May 2009
By Susan Smith - Published on
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I'm a fan of Judith Duncan's books set in the Canadian prarie ranching towns and like books with intimate domestic settings in these tiny communities where lives are intermingled and everyone knows everyone else. I can't now recall how I wound up in Dundee, Idaho with Brenda Novak but somehow I did. I liked this book with a couple of reservations.

The descriptions of town life with nosy neighbours and good and bad people were good. The nasty ex-husband of the heroine was especially well done - what an awful man. What I did NOT like, however, was the fact that she did not take real, positive action when he nearly decked her in a fit of jealous, juvenile anger. She had no reason not to pursue him and regain full custody of her children over his behaviour.

I liked the hero who reminded me of Mitch in Her Secret, His Child by Paula Detmer Riggs. He had a far harder journey than any of the others although we only meet him at the end of his period of acceptance of what has happened to him.

When a H/H grow, evolve and mature in a story, I appreciate watching this happen. However, we had two 37 year olds in this book who seemed a little behind in the process. OK, Gabe has been disabled and Hannah had the marriage from hell but I think both of them were a little slow in growing up. Gabe's attitude towards his parents and one of his sisters was less than grown up and Hannah's refusal to deal rationally and decisively with an ex-husband who was abusive of her and in many ways of her children did not strike me as how a mature couple would behave.

I liked the children in this story because the elder, in particular, had a journey of his own. However, the ex-husband situation should have been better resolved for all concerned, particularly the two boys.

All in all a good story but not a keeper. The author writes well enough but something was lacking here for me and I think it was that lack of maturity in the H/H that stopped this being a 5 star book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this entire Dundee 14 July 2014
By shr130 - Published on
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Wow! What a story! Guilt.....hard to overcome. Forgiveness......hard to give. I love this entire Dundee, Idaho series. Brenda Novak takes a small community and with each book centers around a different character. This story tells of a tragic car accident that leaves Gabe unable to walk; Hannah caused the wreck. Seeing Gabe in a wheelchair fills her with guilt. He's become withdrawn from the community and Hannah thinks she has a plan to change that.....a plan, of course that backfires, because Gabe turns the tables on her. Another beautiful book, another "must read".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless super romance 13 Sept. 2014
By Karen Clarke - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A thoroughly enjoyable romance with super nice guy Gabe and guilt-ridden Hannah, struggling single parent of 2 sons with a dead beat

Lots of politics on the sporting field, sizzling dynamics in this opinionated town and growing romance with Hannah and Gabe. Hannah's son Kenny has some strong growing up to do and meets the moral challenges of corrupt sporting practices with strength and power. A highly recommended read. Reading this one again.
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