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Ryan's Return [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Freethy
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hoping to draw tourists to Serenity Springs' Centennial Celebration and boost the town's economy, chamber of commerce president Kara Delaney invites a famous former resident, photo-journalist Ryan Hunter, to be the guest of honor. But Ryan was something of a black sheep, and Kara's grand plan sours when Ryan's father threatens to boycott the festivities and torrential rains pelt the town. As Kara's Aunt Josephine says: "When the river rises, the secrets of years past are washed ashore and brought to life." The town's secrets are the fiber that holds this tale together: What happened to Ryan's mother when she deserted her two young sons? Is Ryan the real father of his brother's child? Whose ghost is trying to communicate with Kara's 11-year-old daughter? Freethy (Daniel's Gift) delivers strong, compelling narrative but her characters are more suited to soaps.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From # 1 NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes an emotional and romantic contemporary novel about love, family and a little bit of magic. Customers who like books by Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, and Robyn Carr might enjoy this story.

Famous photojournalist Ryan Hunter has come back to a family torn apart by mistrust and resentment -- to the father who disowned him, to the brother who betrayed him, to the little boy who shares his features. Ryan, the charismatic "bad boy" son, has returned -- stirring up past conflicts like a whirlwind...and throwing Kara Delaney's fragile, passionate heart into turmoil.

Kara has struggled back from a disastrous marriage to build a new life for herself and her little girl -- a peaceful existence now jeopardized by vicious, small town politics, by her daughter's fanciful ghost stories...and by Ryan's return. Now nature's impending fury threatens to expose long-buried secrets. And Kara must join with the enigmatic, misunderstood Ryan -- to discover the truth that will save their families.... and to explore a dangerous, irresistible love as mighty and enduring as the onrushing river.

Reviews...

"Barbara Freethy delivers strong and compelling prose ..." Publishers Weekly

"Ryan's Return is a beautiful and touching tale of redemption and second chances for people who believe in neither." Affaire de Coeur Magazine

"A powerful story of families shattered years ago, and brought together by love, RYAN'S RETURN is a compelling read no one should miss." GEnie Romance and Women's Fiction Exchange."

"A superlative novel that proves everyone can indeed go home again." Debbie Macomber

"Rising contemporary star Barbara Freethy hammers home deep and complex emotions in RYAN'S RETURN, a wonderful and powerful book." Romantic Times Magazine

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1803 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481135155
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC (March 30 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NNVEHI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wonderful touching story. April 1 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ryan's Return is a wonderful book, a hard one to put down. Barbara Freethy tells a story of a family torn apart by scandals and secrets that can only be reunited with love. There is the story of Ryan, the town's "bad boy" and his attraction with Kara, a good girl. A secondary love story is included, with Andrew, Ryan's brother. This novel tells a story of a father who can never stop loving his younger son. Brothers once close, now seperated by misunderstanding. Its a tale of forgiveness, forgiving once parents, children, and girlfriends for the sins in their pasts. Its a tale of rising river, the fathers loves of that rushing water and Ryan's fear of the same river that makes his father and brother complete. Ms. Freethy employs the use of comic relief in this heavely emotional story. One example is the fist fight Andrew and Ryan get into that lands them in jail. Read it and I garantee that you won't be able to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable Sept. 22 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was fast to read. I didn't want to put it down. I was afraid that it would be much like the other "bad boy returns" books but it was not. There was a lot going on to make this very enjoyable.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  705 reviews
145 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wonderful touching story. April 1 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ryan's Return is a wonderful book, a hard one to put down. Barbara Freethy tells a story of a family torn apart by scandals and secrets that can only be reunited with love. There is the story of Ryan, the town's "bad boy" and his attraction with Kara, a good girl. A secondary love story is included, with Andrew, Ryan's brother. This novel tells a story of a father who can never stop loving his younger son. Brothers once close, now seperated by misunderstanding. Its a tale of forgiveness, forgiving once parents, children, and girlfriends for the sins in their pasts. Its a tale of rising river, the fathers loves of that rushing water and Ryan's fear of the same river that makes his father and brother complete. Ms. Freethy employs the use of comic relief in this heavely emotional story. One example is the fist fight Andrew and Ryan get into that lands them in jail. Read it and I garantee that you won't be able to put it down.
43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable Sept. 22 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was fast to read. I didn't want to put it down. I was afraid that it would be much like the other "bad boy returns" books but it was not. There was a lot going on to make this very enjoyable.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! May 31 2011
By Book lover - Published on Amazon.com
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"Ryan's Return" is a contemporary romance book with some elements of suspense.

Kara, the president of the chamber of commerce of a small town, has decided to pepper up the imminent festivities of their small community by inviting a prominent ex-resident of the town. Her boy friend Andrew Hunter wasn't informed about her action and in any case, he would have discouraged her to invite his brother Ryan to the small town, since latter left after fighting with their father and hasn't since returned. Ryan, meanwhile a well-known photo journalist, decides to return to Serenity Springs in order to find out what happened with his mother. However, besides unraveling more family secrets than he expected to, he discovers true love and forgiveness involving many people and in many shapes and colors.

An interesting plot, with a lot of suspense and romance, which offers more than one love story, always featuring different kinds of love and couples. Sentiments like forgiveness and understanding play also an interesting role.

Ryan and Kara were very likable main characters. The supportive characters were also very well elaborated. However, Kara was my absolute favorite. I liked the way she tried to cope with her insecurities.

Although I'm not a fan of "spiritual literature", I was surprised to find out that this element didn't finally bother me too much. It was well dosed and nicely enough incorporated into the story line.

A very recommendable book!
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get into the story... Aug. 9 2011
By Betsy - Published on Amazon.com
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I just could not get into the story. It was so predictable and cheesy at times. I love a good romance story but this was so far out of reality with brothers and their relationships with women. I love other Barbara Freethy books but just not a fan of this one. Hate that I spent 2.99 on it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Easy Read May 8 2011
By cmr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this book from the 1st page. A love story set in a small town with lots of hidden family secrets. Kept me captivated and finished the book in 2 days...on to my next book by this author!
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