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  • Shore Lights

  • Paradise Point NJ, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Bretton
  • Narrated by: LC Kane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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By: Barbara Bretton
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Publisher's summary

There's nothing more dangerous to a woman's heart than a man who is single, straight, loves his kid, and doesn't kiss and tell...

Maddy Bainbridge left her Jersey Shore home town right after high school, determined to put as many miles as possible between herself and her many meddling relatives.

Now she's back in Paradise Point - an unemployed single mother whose only option is to accept her mother Rose's offer of a job and a place to live.

But it doesn't take Maddy long to discover that the things about your mother that made you crazy at 17 make you even crazier at 32. Rose's critical comments bring out Maddy's inner teenager and by the beginning of December, the end is in sight. Maddy would stay there at the Candlelight Inn, her mother's popular B&B, through Christmas for her daughter Hannah's sake, but once the New Year rolled around...

And then fate, in the form of an online auction battle over a Russian samovar that looks like Aladdin's lamp, brings home-town hero Aidan O'Malley into her life and suddenly Maddy begins to believe anything is possible.

A child's dreams, an old woman's memories, the joys and heartaches that come with being part of a family, the thrill of new love and the deep comfort of love that stood the test of time - it all comes together that one special holiday season when even the most battered hearts open just wide enough to let a miracle or two slip through.

USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton has been hailed as a "monumental talent" (Affaire de Coeur) and now she delves deeply into the mysteries of family and shows us that even the most independent woman is still a daughter at heart.

Home: it's where your story starts.

©2003, 2012 Barbara Bretton (P)2014 Barbara Bretton

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I really enjoyed this book. At first you would have thought it would be a pure romance novel but instead is the story of a mother, Rose, and her daughter Maddy who left town as soon as she was able to. Maddy moved to the other side of the US to get away from a mother who, in Maddy's words, "didn't love me". After the relationship with her 4 year old daughter Hannah's father is over, Maddy is invited to come home to help Rose run one of the most successful B&B's on the Jersey shore. At first there is great tension between Maddy and Rose. But as time goes on the realize that they were both wrong about each other. Add in a subplot about a Russian teapot that leads Maddy to meet Aiden, a local, a you have the recipe for a story that is full of drama and love.

Ms. Bretton writes a lovely novel about the relationships between mothers and daughters and that over time some things can change. The way she portrays both Maddy and Rose makes them seem so real. As you listen to this book you feel for both of them