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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (3 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425221482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221488
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,532,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twelve all-new stories of womenas resilience, empowerment, and fulfillment, by bestselling and award-winning authors. In this engaging anthology of never-beforepublished stories, twelve authors are united by their unique visions of the female experiencea] A young woman is torn between the security of her fiancA(c) and the excitement of an old flamea]a desperate wife is forced into the workplace for the first time in her lifea]an ambitious professional woman finally finds the courage to take control of her careeraand her mana]an emotionally fragile divorcee finds resolve in the ethereal visitations of an archangel... These are just some of the women who discover and rediscover their own wonderfully fallible but ultimately strong selves in the shadow of lovea romantic love, platonic love, new love, and lost love. Readers will be touched, inspired, charmed, and entertained by these original stories of disparate longings, unsettled lives, and the power of love.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2009
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This collection is 12 short stories all dealing with love and empowerment.

Sweet Dreams - Lori Foster
A workaholic finds exactly what she's always wanted in the arms of her neighbour.

Unpredictable - Erin McCarthy
Hannah feels cursed by her psychic ability until she meets a sexy cop and his adorable dog.

After Hours - Toni Blake
Marla has been in love with her boss for years. When she tells him she's quitting her job - his response isn't what she expected.

Last of the Red-Hot Mammas - Dianne Castell
Divorced single parent Gloria's birthday treat is a night with a male escort. Or so she thinks. Rob isn't who she thought he was and he's determined to win Gloria's heart.

Salesman of the Year - Karen Kelley
Jenny always did what she was told, including turning down bad-boy Devon in high school. But now he's back to show her he's a much better man than her fiancé.

Dance the Fandango - Rosemary Laurey
Grandmother Magda's husband died over a year ago and her children think it's time she started dating again. They're surprised when they learn what she's been up to with sexy Spaniard, Juan.

The Girl Next Door - Janice Maynard
Jason left college to look after his sisters when their parents died. Now he is selling up and moving away so Felicity, the girl that has loved him from afar, decides it's time to make her move.

Chicken Soup For Annie - LuAnn McLane
Single mum Annie is new in town when she bumps into pastor Josh in the thrift shop he runs. A misunderstanding leads to the pair spending time together and finding that they may be exactly what the other needs.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Power of Love- A Joyfully Recommended Title 18 Jun. 2008
By M. Nix - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Sweet Dreams" by Lori Foster

Cara Compton has just had a very hot and sexy dream about her good friend and neighbor Jamison Lawton. When she meets him at the pool, all her dreams come true.

Lori Foster proves yet again why she is such a great romance writer. "Sweet Dreams" is sexy and romantic and the chemistry between Cara and Jamison is intense. I love this story!

"Unpredictable" by Erin McCarthy

Hannah Godwin`s psychic ability is sometimes more of a curse than a blessing. When she meets police officer Luke Warner and his canine partner Ralph she proves it yet again. Luke thinks Hannah is special and they could make a great team. He just has to convince Hannah of it now.

"Unpredictable" is really fun. Hannah is very sweet, Luke is very sexy, and Ralph is adorable. "Unpredictable" is a great story!

"After Hours" by Toni Blake

Marla shepherd is Michael Gates' administrative assistant. She's been in love with him for the last two years. Thinking her love in unrequited, Marla accepts a job five hours away. But when she tells Michael about it she gets the surprise of her life.

"After Hours" is a romantic fantasy. It's hot, it's sexy, and it's got a great happily ever after.

"Last of the Red-Hot Mamas" by Diane Castell

Middle-aged, divorced, and a mother of a teenage girl, Gloria thinks she's past the point of finding romance. She gets the surprise of her life in a hotel room one afternoon though. Gloria's about to be surprised again when the escort she thought she spent the afternoon with turns out to be someone else. Rab Langley wants more than one hot afternoon though.

"Last of the Red-Hot Mamas" is funny and sexy. It's got a classic romantic feel and a great leading man!

"Salesman of the year" by Karen Kelley

Jenny has always done what was expected of her. Even when it meant turning Devon down - the one guy in high school she desperately wanted. Many years later, Jenny is reunited with Devon; he is the real estate agent showing Jenny and her fiancé houses. Devon takes one look at Jenny and sees the feisty girl he used to know being slowly smothered, so he sets out to show her that what she has and what she wants are two very different things.

"Salesman of The Year" is a heartwarming story about finding lost love. It has an ending that gives everyone what they deserve.

"Dance the Fandango" by Rosemarie Laurey

Magda Stephenson's husband died just over a year ago and her children think it's time she moved on with her life. Little do they know, that's exactly what she's done with Juan Hernandez!

"Dance the Fandango" is a sexy story about new love, new beginnings, and happy endings. You can feel the love between Magda and Juan.

"The Girl Next Door" by Janice Maynard

Jason Ratcliff came home to his family's farm after his parents died in a car accident to take care of his younger sisters. Six years later, he's sold the farm, his sisters are doing fine, and he's going back to college to get the architecture degree he always wanted. Felicity Jones has been in love with Jason for years so she's taking a chance before he leaves to tell him how she feels. She wasn't expecting the reaction he has though!

"The Girl Next Door" is sweet, sexy and very romantic.

"Chicken Soup For Annie" by LuAnn McLane

Josh Wainscot is pastor of the First Christian Church and owner of the new thrift shop in town. Annie Alexander is quiet and shy. She and her young daughter are new to town. A case of mistaken identity leads to friendship but Josh wants more. With a helping hand and loving heart he gives Annie something she's needed for a long time.

"Chicken Soup For Annie" is a heartwarming and touching story. Annie is a sweetheart and Josh is charming. "Chicken Soup For Annie" is a story about starting over and finding true love.

"No Angel" by Lucy Monroe

Cheryl Gentry is Zack Alexander's personal assistant. After healing from an abusive relationship, she has gotten her confidence back but not where Zach is concerned. She likes him and she wants him. Turns out, Zach wants the same thing.

"No angel" is a good story about healing and new beginnings. Zach is very sexy and Cheryl is tough as nails. They make a great team.

"Angel In The Alley" by Patricia Sargeant

Sara Barber is starting over. After divorcing her controlling and abusive ex-husband Asa, she moved away and is opening a coffee shop. The day before her grand opening, Sara finds a homeless man living behind her shop. Raphael has nowhere to go so Sara helps him. What Sara doesn't know, is that Raphael has been sent to help her.

"Angel In the Alley" is a poignant and uplifting story. Sara is lovely and Raphael is kind and compassionate. Sara gets everything she deserves, and more in "Angel In The Alley."

"Hannah's Choice" by Kay Stockham

Hannah Pruitt has come back to her hometown after ending an abusive relationship. Mitch Donovan has always loved Hannah and now that she is back he is determined to find out why she left without saying a word. Hannah is trying to heal from the cycle of abuse that has plagued her whole life.

"Hannah's Choice" is about healing and loving. Mitch is a terrific guy man and Hannah is much stronger than she gives herself credit for. "Hannah's Choice is a wonderful story.

"The Mouse Who Roared" by J.C. Wilder

After overhearing her boss rant about her looks and personality, Amy Mouse decides to make some changes. She changes her career and her looks then heads straight for Jack O'Reilly- the man she has been too shy to get close to. Amy's tired of being shy and quiet, she's ready to roar!

"The Mouse Who Roared" is a fun story. Amy reinvents herself and gets the guy too. "The Mouse Who Roared" gives Amy what she deserves!

The Power Of Love is written by some of today's best romance authors. Not only are all twelve stories incredibly romantic but the proceeds of the book go to a good cause as well. I have a few favorites in The Power Of Love but I really enjoyed every story. Each one is uplifting and passionate. The Power Of Love. From rekindling old flames to finding unexpected happiness, The Power Of Love will be the most romantic group of stories on your bookshelf!

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Too little of too much -12 very short romances 28 Jun. 2008
By Misuzmama - Published on
Format: Paperback
The problem with anthologies verses full length books is that character development is usually somewhat lacking. This book is no exception. But the advantage is that you can read a mini romance in one third the time -and some are quite good. Unfortunately I think 20-25 pages of romance is a bit short. Just when I was coming to really get into a particular story it ended. I suppose that is what is to be expected but I wanted more from my some of my favorite contemporary authors (Foster, McCarthy & Blake) instead of just teasers.

These romances are meant to each convey in their own way the power of love. Rather, I felt that I only got a tiny glimpse of that emotion. So even though your really getting a bang for your buck with 12 stories, the page constraints make the stories suffer. For the hefty price, pick this one up at the library instead.

*A notable exception. I particularly enjoyed "Angel In The Alley" by Patricia Sargeant. The story manages to set itself apart from the others by tackling the subjects of homelessness and abuse in a very powerful way. I was moved by Sargeant's depiction of the faith in human kindness.

btw -whose foolish idea was the cover? Is it me or doesn't this look like a self-help book? I nearly passed it over in the bookstore if not for Fosters/McCarthy's names.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Love to the Twelfth Power! 4 Jun. 2008
By Laurie - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lori Foster and eleven other well-known, much-loved romance authors have joined together in the making of THE POWER OF LOVE a beautiful anthology, written with a majority of the proceeds benefiting the Battered Women's Shelter of Cincinnati. That these women would volunteer their time and talent comes as no surprise. I've seen their generosity first-hand on more than one occasion when I've put out requests for donations of books and other author goodies for various troop projects. They never fail to be extremely generous.
These stories are all about women who have overcome pain and heartache and dare to love again. Realistic in that lasting love doesn't always come the first time around and that the best things in life are worth waiting for. These are feel-good stories that are guaranteed to touch your heart.
Obviously, these are novellas, given the number of authors involved, but I would stress that each is a satisfying story and none are rushed or skimpy.
I hope you'll check our this wonderful book - think of the women and children you'll be supporting. Consider buying a copy for the special women in your life too!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great gift book 8 Feb. 2009
By Kathleen Haak - Published on
Format: Paperback
The stories in The Power of Love cover a variety of age groups and life experiences. I think it would make a lovely gift book. It's not a hot, hot collection of romances (although there is definately a few hot moments) but when you get done reading it you feel good about life - at least I did. Loved the Dance of the Fandango, score one for older women!
A must read 21 Sept. 2008
By katteyes2 - Published on
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I loved these stories. Some of these stories were overly emotiomal for me.
I also love that the proceeds go to a womens shelter.
It is a group of stories that I felt most people can put themselves into at least one of the characters in each story.
If you are a person who likwa reality based stories these are for you. They did not feel like the authors put too much drama to make the stories more imoressive, they just felt like this could happen anywhere.
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