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Summer Secrets (Beeler Large Print Series) Hardcover – Large Print, 30 Aug 2004

4.4 out of 5 stars 382 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Thomas T Beeler; Largeprint edition (30 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574905759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574905755
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)

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..".Freethy's (Love Will Find a Way, etc.) zesty storytelling will keep readers hooked."

"In the tradition of LaVyrle Spencer, gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart-touching romance." Susan Wiggs "Barbara Freethy writes with bright assurance, exploring the bonds of sisterhood and the excitement of blue-water sailing." Luanne Rice "Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all -- romance, adventure and mystery." Booklist (Starred Review) "Freethy's zesty storytelling will keep readers hooked, and the sisters' loving but prickly interactions will make anyone with a sibling smile." Publishers Weekly "Graced with sympathetic, well-defined characters and an intriguing multi-threaded plot, this is an emotionally involving story ... sure to please Freethy's growing fan base, and like Kristin Hannah's novels, neatly bridges the gap between romance and traditional women's fiction." Library Journal

"In the tradition of LaVyrle Spencer, gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart-touching romance." Susan Wiggs

"Barbara Freethy writes with bright assurance, exploring the bonds of sisterhood and the excitement of blue-water sailing." Luanne Rice

"Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all -- romance, adventure and mystery." Booklist (Starred Review)

"Freethy's zesty storytelling will keep readers hooked, and the sisters' loving but prickly interactions will make anyone with a sibling smile." Publishers Weekly

"Graced with sympathetic, well-defined characters and an intriguing multi-threaded plot, this is an emotionally involving story ... sure to please Freethy's growing fan base, and like Kristin Hannah's novels, neatly bridges the gap between romance and traditional women's fiction." Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 41 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened her own publishing company in 2011 and has since sold over 5 million copies of her books. Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. In July of 2014, Barbara was named the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Bestselling Author of ALL TIME! She was also the first Indie Author to sell over 1 million copies at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

An author known for writing emotional stories about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, Barbara has received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and has also received six nominations for the RITA for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance from Romance Writers of America. She has won the honor twice for her novels Daniel's Gift and The Way Back Home. Barbara recently launched a new contemporary series, The Callaways, featuring a family born to "serve and protect." For more information, visit Barbara's website at www.barbarafreethy.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A fabulous free download that I would've gladly paid for and can recommend reading. A well-written romance with a fairly meaty storyline behind it, that took a few very unexpected, surprising twists and in a descriptively beautiful setting.

Whilst I found the opening chapters a little slow in getting going, when it did I found it difficult to put down. Kate, Ashley and Caroline are great characters; all with their own strengths and weaknesses and all so different. Their sisterly rivalry, insecurities, disagreements and love for one another are true-to-life and the men in the book bring out the best and worst in them.
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A fab book that I would have been more than happy to pay for. Barbara Freethy is a great author, the first book I read of hers was Ryans return which was really good but I actually think I prefer this one. It kept me guessing right to the very end and loved that it was about sailing - something I know absoluetly nothing about.

Thank you Barbara Freethy for a super freebie! I will be buying the rest of your books :)
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A friend told me about this writer, and Amazon have a few of her books for free.
This is a great read, good story with a good twist. I can see why the sisters turned up they way they did, what a secret the father asked them to keep. Very will written, kept me wondring about how it will end. All in all enjoyed it a lot.
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Thrilling all the way through would suite all ages gripping at times could not put the book down looking forward to reading more from this author
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In the beginning i was quite taking with the story, but honestly i felt like it dragged on too much before things began to happen. Sometimes i felt that the response or actions of the characters were over dramatic and i wondered what all the fuss was about and then when the big reveal happened toward the end, it was underplayed and didn't seem like a big deal. I was diasppointed that the plot wasn't as complex as i thought it was going to be and that most of the story was predictable. I also thought that some of the diagloue was a little unrealist for a male chacter and the main character was all Disney, cheesy romance which i couldn't imagine anyone of her age group expressing themselves in that way . However, that doesn't me the book wasn't enjoyable. I thought main chacter was dull, but the rest were really well developed and a nice contrast between all of their personalities. I especially liked the description of the boat stuff and the town and this is what really kept me reading. The charm, energy and oceanic free to the town was a welcome change to the grim April here in England. Interested in reading other books from this author, and would reccommend.
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Something happened out there on the ocean eight years ago, when the family was in a sailing race and the new stranger in town - a journalist no less - seems to know there is something to be uncovered. This means that Kate needs to keep her family safe, by making sure no-one says anything to confirm this suspicion. But with the arrival of an old adversary, sailing the boat in which they had been victorious, the danger of their secret becoming common knowledge is dramatically increased.

Try as she might, Kate can't help but admit to herself that she is falling for the annoying journalist, although she knows it can go no where. How is she going to manage to keep every thing together now?

We know from the outset, that the journalist believes one of the sisters, to be the biological mother of his niece. What we don't know for sure, is if this is fact and if so who. The author manages to keep this under wraps until very late in the book, keeping the reader guessing.

Well written and worth the time to read.
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This is the first book I've ever read by this author. There were some parts which I really enjoyed, but on the whole, I found it extremely repetitive. How many times can you read someone saying that they don't want to go out on the water again? Well apparently about a million!! It just seemed to go round and round in circles for so long. When my kindle said I was 56% of the way through the book, and I just remember thinking, "Is that all?"

The big secret was just too drawn out. I really didn't care in the end what went on in that race 8 years ago because it just took so long to get to that point, with nothing much really happening in between to keep me interested. I hate giving up on a book, so I kept going to the end.

Once I found out what happened on that fateful night, I thought it all very unbelievable and a little disappointing.

I also found the relationship between Kate and Tyler very predictable throughout the whole book. I thought the middle sister's character (I can't even remember her name and I only finished it 2 days ago!), was very weak and under-developed. I couldn't relate to her in any way. I found it hard to relate to any of the them really and found myself routing for Tyler.

All in all it was just too repetitive.
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Ploughed through it only because I don't like leaving a book unread. Felt nothing for the charectors and the storey was unbelievable at times. By the time it gathered momentum at the final chapters it was too late fir me to care.
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