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Schwanger!!!Anna kann es nicht fassen. Gerade hatten sie und ihr Verlobter sich gegen das Kinderkriegen entschieden, und nun das. Als sie Ross die Neuigkeit erzhlt, ist der Verrter pltzlich hocherfreut. Er schlgt ihr tatschlich vor, sie knne doch jetzt ihre Firma verkaufen und sich ganz auf die kommenden Mutterfreuden konzentrieren. Da kennt er aber Anna schlecht!
Die grote Problemzone der Frauen: MannerErin ist 32, erfolgreich und natrlich Single. Doch es soll definitiv ihr letztes Jahr allein sein: In den kommenden zwlf Monaten wird sie ihren zuknftigen Ehemann kennen lernen. Es wird das Jahr sein, von dem sie spter ihren Kindern erzhlen wird. Der erste Mann, dem sie begegnet, scheint auch gleich der Richtige zu sein. Doug Spears ist genau so, wie Erin sich Mr. Right vorgestellt hat: gut aussehend, charmant, erfolgreich - und verheiratet. Dennoch verliebt sich Erin Hals ber Kopf in ihn
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Maine coast, Holly Chamberlin's novels are a summer staple. Now she weaves a heartfelt story of past and present summers and new beginnings, as a mother and daughter reconnect after decades apart . . . There are moments that change your entire life's direction. For Arden Bell, owner of a cherished bookstore in the seaside hamlet of Eliot's Corner, one such moment comes early on a summer day when she opens the door to Laura Huntingtonthe daughter she hasn't seen in thirty-seven years. Not a day has passed in which Arden hasn't thought of the baby she glimpsed only once before her wealthy, powerful parents forced her to give her up for adoption. Shy and sheltered, Arden finally mustered the courage to leave her Maine hometown of Port George, changed her name, and has barely seen her parents since. Nor has she heard from Rob, the boy she was so passionately in love with. Now Laura's arrival, and her inevitable questions, will propel both women on a journey to forge a new relationship and unravel the past. Amid revelations and discoveriessometimes painful, often unexpectedthey will learn the truth about a long-ago summer, and about the risks we take and sacrifices we make for love.
Against the picturesque coastal Maine setting that she evokes so well, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin creates a heartfelt story of family bonds and new beginnings . . . It came as no surprise to anyone in Yorktide when glamorous Carol Ascher fled the little Maine town for New York City. While Carol found success as an interior designer, her younger sister, Bonnie, stayed behind, embracing marriage and motherhood. She even agreed to take in Carol's teenage daughter during a tumultuous patch. Now both their girls are grown and Bonnie, recently widowed, is anticipating the day she'll retire to Ferndean House, the nineteenth-century family home on the rocky Maine coast. But forty-five years after leaving Yorktide, Carol suddenly announces that she's moving backinto Ferndean. Bonnie is indignant. She's the one who kept the homestead in order and tended to their dying mother. Now Carol expects to simply buy her out? As far as Bonnie is concerned, Ferndean is part of their heritagenot just another of Carol's improvement projects, to be torn apart and remade according to her whim. The entire Ascher family is in flux, uncovering secrets that upend their relationships. Carol's longing to be welcomed home is fueled by a painful truth she's carried for years. It will take an extraordinarysummerin a remarkable placeto lead these women back to each other, buoyed by the tides of friendship and forgiveness.
A summer wedding, a college reunion, a gorgeous Maine beach house-it's the ideal setting for bestselling author Holly Chamberlin's captivating novel about the connections that shape us, sometimes break our hearts, and forever change our lives . . . Bess Culpepper has long been sure of two things-that her group of college friends would stay close, and that love is worth the wait. At forty-two, she's found the right man, and she's celebrating her upcoming wedding by inviting her best friends to beautiful Kennebunkport. Bess has always been at the helm of these reunions, herding everyone together despite distance and outside commitments. As usual, Marta and Mike journey from their home near New York City, while Chuck and his husband, Dean, travel from Los Angeles. But Allison, half of a devoted couple since college, is making the trip from Chicago without her husband, Chris. None of the others knows the reason for their impending divorce. There are other tensions too. The usually level-headed Marta is conspicuously on edge, and Chuck reveals devastating personal news. As reality encroaches on her dreams of the perfect gathering, Bess begins to second guess her assumptions about friendship and fidelity. If relationships like these, nurtured over decades, can flounder, how can any couple stay committed? Is it possible to truly know the ones we love-or even to predict where one's own path will lead?
The bestselling author of The Beach Quilt sets a tale of friendship, family, and newfound love against the beautiful backdrop of coastal Maine. Every June, the quiet beach town of Ogunquit is overtaken by wealthy families who hire local young women like Amy Latimer and Hayley Franklin to care for their children. Best friends since childhood, Amy and Hayley are eager to secure lucrative summer jobs to finance their future hopes and dreams . . . Amy is immediately in thrall to her dynamic boss, Cressida Prior, so different from Amy's mother, Leda. Though skilled at creating tapestries and rugs, Leda lacks confidence.But one thing she does know, after a painful summer long ago as a nanny herself, is how damaging a manipulative boss can be. Hayley's employers, Jon and Marisa Whitby, are loving parents to their two-year-old twins. Jon also has a grown son by a previous marriage. Ethan is kind, handsome, and not least, wealthy. For the first time, Hayley, usually so selfless, can't help seeing him as an opportunity. But the passing weeks bring complications and revelations, altering friendships, testing the bond between mothers and daughters, and proving that the ripples from a single season can last forever . . . Praise for the novels of Holly Chamberlin ';There is sure to be much clamor for this latest beach read.Recommend it to fans of Claire Cook and Elin Hilderbrand.'BooklistonHome for the Summer ';Chamberlin's latest is a great summer read but with substance. It will find a wide audience in its exploration of sisterhood, family, and loss.'Library JournalonSummer with My Sisters
For a mother and her almost-grown daughters, Christmas in coastal Maine difficult choices, new surprises and a chance at love in this heartfelt novel.At first glance, Nell King's cozy home in Yorktide, Maine, seems a step down from the impeccable house she shared with her husband in Boston. But in the six years since he abruptly left to marry another woman, Nell and her daughters have found real happiness here. Now, faced with what may be their last Christmas together, Nell feels anxious. She gave up her own ambitions when she married. What will become of her once her daughters leave the nest?Twenty-one-year-old Molly worries about sacrificing her independence the way her mother did. Should she stay in Maine with her dependable boyfriend, or move to the city and prove herself? Felicity, meanwhile, is torn between loyalty to Nell and wanting to spend time with her glamorous stepmother. Nell is eager to make this holiday picture-perfect. But there's a complication-and an opportunity.Nell's first love, now a successful novelist, is in town for a book signing. As the two rekindle their friendship, Nell confronts the choices she once made in the name of stability. And as the days unfold with revelations and unexpected gifts, this Christmas promises to herald a bright new beginning . . .
A mother and daughter escape to coastal Maine to find healing in the wake of heartbreaking loss in a poignant novel by the author of All Our Summers. The journey to Yorktide, Maine, was always a happy one for Frieda and Aaron Braithwaite and their two daughters. Frieda loves her mother's old farmhouse, and the girls have grown closer there, sharing a bedroom and spinning stories into the night. But that was beforewhen tragedy was something that happened to other families. Since the car crash that claimed the lives of her husband and their younger daughter, Frieda has struggled emotionally and financially. Bella, now seventeen, is withdrawn and wary, and Frieda fears losing her too. At her mother's urging, Frieda decides to return to Yorktide with Bella for the summer. Bella gets a job in a local shop, and little by little edges her way back into the world. But it's the unexpected connections they makewith a former schoolmate, a troubled teenage girl, and Frieda's estranged fatherthat will spur them to find healing amid bittersweet memories, and discover if their bond is strong enough to guide them back to hope once more. Praise for the writing of Holly Chamberlin ';Chamberlin's latest is a great summer read but with substance. It will find a wide audience in its exploration of sisterhood, family, and loss.' Library Journal on Summer With My Sisters ';Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story.' USA Today on Summer Friends
';Warm and witty... Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Wendy Wax will adore this genuine exploration of family bonds, personal growth, and acceptance.' Booklist Against the irresistible backdrop of Christmas in New England, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin creates a heartfelt story of reunited family, new beginnings, and unconditional lovethe best gift of all. To outsiders, Appleville, New Hampshire, is a storybook small town. To Gincy Gannon Luongo, it was a place to escape from as quickly as she could. Since she moved away twenty years ago, Appleville has been her hometown in name only. But at her brother Tommy's urging, Gincy is coming back to visit their recently widowed mother in the weeks leading up to Christmasand she's bringing her teenage daughter, Tamsin, with her. Ellen Gannon, once feisty and strong-willed, is mired in depression. Tommy isn't doing much better. Gincy starts restoring order to the household in her usual practical way, but it's clear that imagined slights and lingering resentments have created deep chasms. With each day, she realizes she has seriously undervalued her mother and her brother. Only now, with the support of her husband, daughter, and best friends, does she see how much she may have missed. For beyond the surface of every family and every picturesque town is something more complicated but infinitely more rewardinga tapestry of those small acts of acceptance, love, and loyalty that could transform this Christmas into the best Gincy's ever known.
Three college friends reunite in Boston after two decadesand find their old bond tested by a betrayalin this novel by the author of All Our Summers. In her college freshman year, Sophie Holmes met Eva and John, forging the kind of deep friendship that seems destined to last forever. But time proved otherwise, and Sophie married and moved to Los Angeles. Now, two decades later, newly divorced and adrift, Sophie has returned to Boston, and instinctively reaches out to the people who once defined her world. Though they've stayed in the same city, Eva and John too have grown apart. Eva is an ambitious advertising executive who favors flings over relationships. John is a dedicated lawyer wondering if hes left it too late for love and marriage. Through Sophie's reappearance, their connection crackles to life once more. Just as they did long ago, the three confide their longings and secretsuntil old insecurities and new betrayal threatens to shatter their bond for good. Holly Chamberlin's thoughtful novel is a story of rediscovery and letting go, and of the ties that remind us where weve beenand where we still hope to go.</
Set in coastal Maine, ';a novel rich in drama and insights into what factors bring people together and, just as fatefully, tear them apart' (Portland Press Herald). In this compelling novel set against the beautiful backdrop of Ogunquit, Maine, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin portrays an unexpected friendship, and its consequences for two very different women as time inevitably sweeps them into adulthood... Over the course of one eventful summer, nine-year-old native Mainer Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon, a privileged girl ';from away,' become best friends. Despite the social gulf between them, their bond is strengthened during vacations spent rambling around Ogunquit's beaches and quiet country lanes, and lasts throughout their college years in Boston. It seems nothing can separate them, yet after graduation, Delphine and Maggie slowly drift in different directions... With her MBA, Maggie acquires a lucrative career, and eventually marries. Delphine is drawn back home, her life steeped in family and the Maine community she loves. Twenty years pass, until one summer, Maggie announces she's returning to Ogunquit to pay an extended visit. And for the first time, the friends are drawn to reflect on their choices and compromises, the girls they were and the women they've become, the promises kept and brokenand the deep, lasting ties that even time can never quite wash away... ';Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story.' USA Today ';A great summer read.' Fresh Fiction
Multiple generations gather at a beloved summer housewondering who will inherit it nextin this ';dramatic and moving' novel (Booklist). Some houses have a personality of their own. Larchmere is that kind of placea splendid, sprawling home with breathtaking views that open to briny Atlantic air and seabirds' calls. It's where Tilda McQueen OConnell grew up and now vacations each year, and where she and her siblingsAdam, Hannah, and Craigare commemorating the tenth anniversary of their mother's passing. But instead of the bittersweet but relaxing reunion Tilda expected, she finds chaos. Her father's plan to marry a younger woman has thrown the fate of the beach house into uncertainty. For Tilda, the stakes seem the highest. Alone and vulnerable two years after her husband's death, she sees Larchmere as not just a cherished part of her history, but her eventual refuge from the world. Faced with losing that legacy, Tilda must embrace an unknown future. And all the McQueens must reconcile their shared, sometimes painful pastand learn how to love one another even when it means forging a life apart. This poignant, evocative novel sweeps you into the picturesque town of Ogunquit, Maine, where a family in flux explores their ties to a beautiful beach house, and to each other. ';Explores questions about the meaning of home, family dynamics and tolerance.'Bangor Daily News ';Provides a touristy taste of Maines seasonal attractions.'Publishers Weekly ';A novel for all seasons.'The Maine Sunday Telegram
A heartfelt novel of friendship, marriage, divorce, and starting over, from the bestselling author of Barefoot in the Sand. Jess's marriage has ended after she was caught having an affair. Nell's husband has left her for another man. Laura's marriage fell apart over a disagreement about having children, and Grace is still supporting her freeloading ex. These four Boston women are still getting used to being single againbut there comes a time to put regrets and resentments aside and get back in the game... Praise for the novels of Holly Chamberlin ';Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story.' USA Today on Summer Friends ';It does the trick as a beach book and provides a touristy taste of Maines seasonal attractions.' Publishers Weekly on The Family Beach House
A mother and daughter travel to Italy togetherand discover a world of new possibilities and second chances... Marina Caldwell is thrilled to receive a two-week trip to Tuscany as a college graduation gift. That is, until she realizes her mother wants to go with her. The gulf between idealistic single parent Elizabeth and cautious, controlled Marina seems too wide to bridge, even with the aid of chilled Prosecco and mouthwatering panforte. But amid the magical sights and scents of Florence, Marina's careful plans for her vacationand her futureare thrown into chaos, and Elizabeth's long-held assumptions crumble. Soon a world of unexpected possibilities unfolds for bothbuoyed by newfound courage, unshakeable love, and the stirring beauty of a Tuscan sky... Praise for the writing of Holly Chamberlin ';Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story.' USA Today on Summer Friends ';It does the trick as a beach book and provides a touristy taste of Maines seasonal attractions.' Publishers Weekly on The Family Beach House