Books: Women's Fiction

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January 2017

All three of Ann's Women's Fiction titles, available in one eBook!

The Broken Circle

Lisa Delaney drops out of law school to care for her four younger siblings when her parents don’t survive a car accident. The children beg to stay together with their big sister rather than be split up among relatives. Lisa’s aunts insist her parents would want her to remain in school. Read more below

Family Interrupted

Guilt and blame.

Shaken by tragedy, the Barnes family has fractured. Mother. Father. Son. Each dealing with the pain separately and alone. Holding fast to guilt and blame. Real or imagined. Read more below

The Soldier and the Rose

From the Greatest Generation, a love story to remember…

Two soldiers go off to war in Europe. Both from the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.  Only one returns home. Read more below

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THE BROKEN CIRCLE
July 2016

Lisa Delaney drops out of law school to care for her four younger siblings when her parents don’t survive a car accident. The children beg to stay together with their big sister rather than be split up among relatives. Lisa’s aunts insist her parents would want her to remain in school.

Mike Brennan, Lisa’s fiancé, is in his rookie year with the NFL, and suggests he and Lisa marry quickly and give the kids a home. Lisa searches for legal directives her parents might have left—a fruitless effort—and finally agrees with Mike. After she obtains legal guardianship of the children, she and Mike wed.

Moving from rural Massachusetts to Boston, they leave close friends behind. They are on their own. Mike is the second backup QB for the Boston Riders and focused on his dream career. He thinks his potential earnings will solve all problems. Lisa insists the children are not charity cases and works full-time to supplement their income.

Soon Lisa is overwhelmed with the responsibility of daily life, and Mike is no help. Despite counseling, her grief is constant. She has no time or interest in befriending other football wives. She twice tries to return to law school, but twice drops out. When Mike’s career takes off, he buys a large house in Boston’s elegant Beacon Hill neighborhood. Working-class Lisa feels out of place.

Most of all, however, she’s haunted by thoughts of her parents’ expectations. Is she a good enough mom for their precious children? Are they proud of her? Slowly the issues between Lisa and Mike lead to a meltdown of their marriage.

Has love died? Or has it been buried beneath obligations faced by two young people armed only with good intentions?

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THE SOLDIER AND THE ROSE
May 2014

From the Greatest Generation, a love story to remember…

Two soldiers go off to war in Europe. Both from the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.  Only one returns home.

Rose Kaufman’s grief is soul deep. Her husband, Joe, had been her one true love, so right for her that a lifetime together wouldn’t be enough. When Charlie Shapiro shows up with stories of Joe, eager to rebuild his war-shattered life with Rose and her baby daughter…she warns that a marriage of convenience would be unfair—to him. She cannot promise her heart to this kind and gentle man.

Through the years, Charlie wonders if love can grow or if he’ll always be second best.
Who is her true love? The man she married with all her heart, or the man who married her with all of his?  It’s a question only Rose can answer.

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FAMILY INTERRUPTED
April 2013

Guilt and blame.

Shaken by tragedy, the Barnes family has fractured. Mother. Father. Son. Each dealing with the pain separately and alone. Holding fast to guilt and blame. Real or imagined.

Claire, an artist who finally follows her dream and encounters a nightmare. Jack, a home builder who thinks he can fix anything—except what matters most. And Ian, a teenage son to be proud of. Until he moves out. Fifty miles away from the darkness at home.

On the verge of divorce when their son’s new life goes terribly awry, Claire and Jack are forced to re-examine their lives in order to save their marriage and heal a family that, according to Ian, “has gone to hell.”

Can they find the road back?

 


WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:

5 Stars!  Donna Zapf, Reviewer Single Titles, CataNetwork
 
"Family Interrupted is a powerfully emotional story about the worst heartache a family could ever experience. What, if anything, will help the family to heal? The hallmark of a great read is becoming lost in the story and this reader wanted to offer advice to the characters like beloved friends. Gifted writer Linda Barrett exceeds all expectations with this exceptional novel, and her readers reap the reward.  Family Interrupted is a beautiful novel." 

 
4 Stars!  Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews
 
"A family's life shatters when their daughter is hit by a car. The driver was not drunk or speeding, but is unable to forgive herself. In Family Interrupted, Barrett's talent in storytelling will keep your nerves raw and your eyes moist as you silently yearn for the people involved to recover from each devastating blow they receive.... My emotions stayed in constant flux.... By the end, I was filled with a wam glow and had a silly smile spread across my face.  Linda Barrett will take your emotions on an unpredictable roller coaster ride."

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