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Soft Place to Fall (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – November 2001

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HASH(0x9b5a01b0) von 5 Sternen A Cozy Treasure for a Starry Night 25. April 2002
Von Wendy Kaplan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I'm not always in the mood for romances, but when I am, I'm very picky. I want them to make sense, I want the characters to be likeable and believable, I want a story I can sink my teeth into, and above all, I want (of course) a happy ending.
When I first picked up "A Soft Place to Fall," it did not hold my interest. Try as I might, I could not get past the first chapter. But something kept me from putting it away permanently, and a few days ago, I was drawn to it again. This time, I was hooked. I'm not sure what put me off the first time, but this time around, I loved the story, the characters, the writing--everything.
Basically, the plot revolves around two lost souls. Annie Galloway, everybody's vision of a perfect bride, and a perfect wife in a perfect marriage, has lost her perfect husband when she is only in her 30s. Only she knows the truth behind the facade of her seemingly fairy-tale life, and she cannot reveal it to anybody. Her grieving mother-in-law, Claudia, looks to her as a remnant of her lost son. Her friends and family continue the myth. So Annie finds herself a cottage in her home town of Shelter Rock Cove, Maine, and tries to pick up the pieces of her ruined life. All of her dreams, of happiness, of motherhood, of everything--seem gone forever. She is a shell, but a strong shell, if that makes any sense.
Close by lives newly arrived Sam Butler, back home after a high-flying career in New York. Only he knows the terrible secret that haunts him and threatens his peace and security. He is in no better shape emotionally than Annie.
Sam and Annie meet, and, in the way of most romance novels, sparks fly. But this book is written with intelligence and dignity. They do not eye one another and then jump into bed. A great deal of hurt is contained in each of these people, and as in real life, each is afraid to reveal that hurt or to risk another one. When they finally do fall in love, they do not live happily ever after. Reality intrudes. Big-time.
How they solve their very real and very overwhelming problems while trying to save their budding relationship is the core of this wonderful story. I loved every word of it. And yes (sigh), it does have a happy ending.
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HASH(0x9bff63bc) von 5 Sternen A powerful relationship drama 7. November 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
When his much younger friend asked wealthy Warren Bancroft for a place to hide for a while, he arranges for investor Sam Butler to stay at Shelter Rock Cove, Maine. Warren also manipulated the staying at a nearby beach cottage of Annie Galloway. The widow struggles to regain her life ever since her spouse Kevin died leaving her with quite a debt and a loss of innocence.

Warren loves Sam and Annie and hopes by bringing these two deserving people together, a loving match will form. However, Kevin's mother Claudia refuses to allow Annie to move on feeling that would be an affront to the memory of her cherished son. She believes Sam cheated Annie with their real estate deal and is still interfering with her former daughter-in-law. As Sam and Annie begin to fall in love, Claudia is like a ghost from the past reminding Annie that Kevin was forever.

Barbara Bretton has written a powerful relationship drama loaded with angst and emotion as the past and the future clash within Annie with the catalyst being the key secondary characters causing the skirmishes that tear at her gut. The story line provides the audience with a poignant character study as readers travel deep into the souls of the lead couple and the support cast. Anyone who enjoys a passionate look inside the hearts and souls of the prime players will find A SOFT PLACE TO FALL a solid book to read.

Harriet Klausner
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HASH(0x9b7c28ac) von 5 Sternen Good read but needs editing, typical romance book 21. Juni 2012
Von magicmarv - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the 2nd book I have read by this author. I liked the first one so much (At Last) I wanted to read another.

Again the author delivered a nice romantic novel although this has a bit more in the way of explicit sex scenes which turns me off in a romance novel...the plot was not as good as At Last in my opinion. The characters come alive on the page. I liked the fact that the characters were a bit complex and you got to understand them, a little at a time, through the circumstances they go through. What the book does lack is depth to the story.

With some attention to detail, this author could be a well known romance writer, instead of one who appears to be churning out books without taking the time to make sure the book is really ready to go to print. What was a disappointment with this book as well as the last book I read was editing issues. Typos...at least 13 of them (At Last was even worse for typos).

These books were published quite some time ago, the author has had plenty of time to correct typos in them...but apparently doesn't care that her work is not flawless as more well known authors books are. That is what separates "the men from the boys" and separates great writers from mediocre ones.

Writers need to take enough pride in their books to make sure they are published without glaring errors (and the errors I found were glaring, not just misplaced punctuation marks, which I did not keep track of but were also there).

I had never heard of this author before her free offering of "At Last"...but with books that are consistently flawed, I can understand why. Books that lack good editing have "amateur" written all over them...

I liked the book, although it was a pretty typical romance, which can sometimes get boring...how many different ways can you tell the story of "boy meets girl, there are issues to overcome, but they get beyond it and live happily ever after..."

The book was OK...nothing special about the plot, but a nice read for a change of pace from some of the other genres I read. I certainly could not read book after book like this, it would get too boring.
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HASH(0x9b69f09c) von 5 Sternen Even when bad things happen to good people... 28. Dezember 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Sam Butler and Annie Galloway were playing the cards they were dealt. Each of them loses both of their parents at a very young age. Each of them is so bound by family responsibility that they overlook one very important thing--their own happiness.
This is a love story that is dying to be told. It is a love story that is destined to happen. And although the plot is fairly predictable at the climax, the reader cannot possibly stop reading to find out if these two wonderful, loving people can outrun their pasts and actually find their own happiness.
It is a beautifully written romance. Hearts will thump during the romantic encounters. Tears will flow at the end. Then the urge to reread will immediately begin. A joyous book for romance lovers.
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HASH(0x9bbbb3cc) von 5 Sternen Ok book 10. Juli 2013
Von Melissa Chaffin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
The story line was good but not thought out well enough. There was to much switching from character to character. While a story needs supporting characters this book didn't have a nice flow to it. Every time the writer switched away from the main characters I cringed saying not again. Even found myself scrolling through to find out just how long it was going to be this time before the story went back to them. I would liked to have seen more conversation and interaction between the people the story is about
instead of what every other character thought and did. So basically this couples story is troubled pasts love at first site have sex repeatedly get pregnant clear up past stay together. Now you don't need to read the book since you don't get many other details except for their respective pasts somewhat of how things are cleared up and what all the supporting characters think. I'm really not even tempted to try the other Shelter Rock Cove books and I wouldn't be even if they were free. I wasn't able to bond with these character as I do with most that I read.
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