by Barbara Bretton
The second time they met, she set fire to her bathroom.
The third time they met, they fell in love.Annie Galloway isn’t looking to fall in love again. Sam Butler doesn’t want a home and family of his own.Too bad fate has other plans . . .A SOFT PLACE TO FALL is a 100,000 word contemporary romance, previously published by Berkley Books.
“It’s been two years since Annie Galloway’s husband died, and she is finally putting her life back together, even though she stays in Shelter Rock Cove, Maine. Annie has never lived anywhere else, and her life is tied to the small community, which is a blessing and a curse. Her mother-in-law took her in at sixteen when her parents died, and she feels grateful for her love, but her husband was not the saint that everyone thinks he was. When she meets Sam Butler, a Manhattan investment broker hiding out in the small town and reevaluating his life, they instantly connect, but some townspeople are suspicious of the newcomer and his relationship with Annie. Sam and Annie do keep secrets from each other, hoping to keep their newfound love separate from the past, but prying neighbors may tear them apart. Once again Bretton creates a tender love story about two people who, when they find something special, will go to any length to keep it.” – Patty Engelmann, Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
“… 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.” – Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars
“… It’s a highly enjoyable story, with likeable characters and a beautifully described setting. With the right balance of drama, romance, friendship, family-bonds and humor, I couldn’t help being drawn into the community and grow to care about the characters as though they were my friends.” – Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars
“Great love story. Young widow meets ex Wall St. player. At 19 he has to take on the responsibility of raising his 5 brothers and sisters. So he has had some hard knocks. They meet and fireworks go off. There is a little bit of a struggle but a good cast of characters including the dog!! And of course, a very happy ending. Very good book. Highly recommend if you like a love story with every day people working their way through life.” – Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars
About The Author
In the month of February 1982 I wrote and sold my first novel. And no, I wouldn’t believe it either if it hadn’t happened to me. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, “We want to buy your book.” How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I’d sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.
I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true — and came with a $6000 advance!
He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn’t have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.
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