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Quarterback Daddy SUMMER AT THE LAKE
HOUSEFUL OF STRANGERS A MAN OF HONOR The Inn at Oak Creek THE APPLE ORCHARD TRUE-BLUE TEXAN
Quarterback Daddy Summer at the Lake Houseful of Strangers A Man of Honor The Inn at Oak Creek The Apple Orchard True-Blue Texan
    LOVE, MONEY & AMANDA SHAW    
      Love, Money & Amanda Shaw  

 

QUARTERBACK DADDY

A party-loving sports figure is not an ideal parent in Alexis Brown's eyes. Too bad quarterback Dan Delito is the only parent her niece has. Alexis isn't in a position to raise the baby on her own, which means she needs Dan's help. And that means she'll have to make nice with the unsuitable man. Fine.

Much to Alexis's surprise, however, Dan is good with his daughter. He also knows he needs help, so he convinces Alexis to act as a nanny until he gets this parenting thing down. And soon their uneasy friendship changes into an unlikely romance. But can a football player, a lawyer and a baby really make a family?

4 STARS!
"Linda Barrett takes a classic plot and bolsters it with charming--and flawed--characters. ... compelling conflict."

Alexandra Kay, RT Book Reviews

4.5 STARS
"Emotionally charged, QUARTERBACK DADDY, is a book that will be hard to put down. Dynamic characters... Award winning Linda Barrett relates this tender love story with warmth and perceptiveness that will captivate her readers."

Donna Zapf, CataRomance Reviews

Quarterback Daddy

 

SUMMER AT THE LAKE

Kristin McCarthy hears him before she sees him. The melody of his saxophone glides across the summer night. The music's healing effect on her daughter has Kristin seeking the person who can play so beautifully. Too bad Rick Cooper is a cop. With all she and her daughter have experienced, police don't rank high on their get-to-know-you list.

Still, Rick could be one of the good guys. Something about him challenges all Kristin's assumptions. And their time together sparks her hopes for a future beyond this lakeside retreat. But before she can bring those dreams to life, Rick has to prove he's the man she and her daughter can trust…forever.

4.5 Stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Barrett's touching story is about the power of love, friendship, and inner strength to help us heal. Readers will love her realistic story and characters."

Reviewed by Alexandra Kay

5 STARS *****
"SUMMER AT THE LAKE is another Linda Barrett classic, heart-warming to the core and filled with tender romance. Admiration and kudos for Ms. Barrett for tackling such a horrific sensitive subject, like child sexual assault, and handling it with insight and thoughtfulness. SUMMER AT THE LAKE is well researched and brilliantly written; presenting vulnerable yet strong characters and an awesome dog to adore. This is one of those memorable books that you will not want to pass up."

Reviewed by Donna Zapf, CataRomance Reviews

SUMMER AT THE LAKE

 

HOUSEFUL OF STRANGERS

Everybody wants a place they can call home…

When a broken arm forces Dr. Eric Mitchell to hire temporary help, the veterinarian who arrives on his doorstep takes him by surprise.

Physically, Alison Truesdale seems too fragile. Emotionally, her smile never quite reaches her eyes - especially around his son.  The boy, Eric soon discovers, reminds her of a past she can’t outrun.

By the time he finds a runaway hiding in his barn, Eric has started to accept the unexpected.  Because the teen shows him the way to Alison’s heart and helps him see that his house full of strangers could make a perfect home.

4 1/2 Stars!
"Houseful of Strangers by Linda Barrett is a heartwarming story about starting over and the power of the heart to heal. Barrett wonderfully depicts the healing of two people who have been hurt in the past. A runaway with her own problems adds addional depth to the plot."

Reviewed by Alexandra Kay for Romantic Times

5 Stars!
"Author Linda Barrett tackles several major topics at once in this heart warming story of love and trust. I found my attention captured quickly and could not stop reading until the last page had been turned. I read the entire story in a single sitting, and lost a lot of sleep doing so. But I have no regrets. The characters are well developed and I came to care for each one, especially Joey and Dani. An outstanding read that I highly recommend!"

Reviewed by Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews

HOUSEFUL OF STRANGERS

 

A MAN OF HONOR

A MAN OF HONOR is the story of Heather Marshall, a young social worker who not only helps run a women's shelter during the day, but also reaches out to runaway teenagers from her van in the evenings where she distributes blankets, food and water.

Dave McCoy is the cop on the beat says he spends half his working time keeping her out of trouble with her broken down van--doesn't she have any common sense. Two strong people make falling in love a very interesting experience.

5 Stars! *****
Excellent! I could not help but feel for the people Heather and Kathy helps. This book certainly opened my eyes to what goes on in broken families; not to mention how hard and frightening it is for the abused victims to seek help. All the characters are well developed and totally believable! When Heather's parents come back for a second chance, I totally understood her anger and frustration. Author Linda Barrett, once again, shows her amazing talent and brings her story to life. Highly recommended! ***** 

HUNTRESS REVIEWS (Reviewed by Detra Fitch)

5 Stars!
Linda Barrett has a brilliant flair for creating gratifying stories that touch the heart and teach a lesson in living. Her characters and stories could easily come from across the street or across the world and her readers would still be able to identify with them. A MAN OF HONOR is such a story and left this reader uplifted and smiling. Ms. Barrett brought to light the problems of victims of abuse, and presented a solution with hope and inspiration. Kudos, Linda Barrett, for an incredible read.

Reviewer Donna Zapf for Cataromance

A MAN OF HONOR

 

THE INN AT OAK CREEK

She was on top of the world --

Molly Porter was on her way to the Olympics, a member of the women's downhill ski team. A horrific accident left her, after years of recovery, alive and well, but carrying a lot of scars--not all of them visible. Because Molly can no longer have children.

Throwing her energies into her new career as a hotel manager at the Bluebonnet Inn, Molly is finally satisfied with her life. Until she meets Sam Kincaid, the new owner. He's handsome, he's smart and it looks as if their professional relationship is blossoming into something more. But Sam has very clearly expressed his desire for children--children Molly could never give him. She has to tell him, but if she does, will her world come crashing down … again?

4 Stars, Huntress Reviews

4 Stars, Romantic Times Book Club

THE INN AT OAK CREEK

 

THE APPLE ORCHARD

Apple picking in New England…

For Abby MacKenzie, a few months working in an apple orchard-far away from Los Angeles-may be just what the doctor ordered. Hard physical labor, fresh air and nothing to remind her of the trouble at home.

So she drives across the country and arrives at Templeton Orchard. The large Templeton clan is warm and welcoming-except Dr. Jake Templeton, who doesn't want Abby anywhere near his unhappy young daughter.

However, as the busy apple season progresses, the little girl reaches out to Abby. And Jake finds himself falling for the sensitive, beautiful woman who's haunted by her past.

ROSE AWARD WINNER!!
From Word on Romance

4 Stars, Romantic Times Book Club

THE APPLE ORCHARD

 

TRUE-BLUE TEXAN

TALL, DARK AND VERY TEXAN…

Katherine Kirby has a new home and a new job. Houston, Texas, is a long way from Chicago, and teaching adults-high school dropouts, most of whom haven't sat in a classroom for years-is a far cry from teaching English at a prestigious university.

But she has to admit there's something about these students that touches her heart … especially the tall,  dark Texan who sits in the second row.

"A winner from Ms. Barrett!" 
-- Old Book Barn Gazette 

TRUE-BLUE TEXAN

 

LOVE, MONEY & AMANDA SHAW

Love or money?

Amanda Shaw's life is almost perfect. She's about to make partner in her New York law firm, she has her own apartment, furnished to her taste and, best of all, she finally has financial security. Then Zach Porter-her childhood friend-shows up to tell her she's needed back home in Vermont…

The usually idyllic mountain resort is in chaos. Amanda's father is in the hospital, her mother's at his bedside, Amanda's teenage sister is out of control and the business is losing money. And Zach-her father's new partner-refuses to sell the place. He loves the mountains…and he loves Amanda.

As the weeks go by, Amanda realizes what was missing in her almost perfect life. Love and family…and Zach.

LOVE, MONEY & AMANDA SHAW