Barbara Freethy - Барбара Фрийти, коренячка калифорнийка, е написала до момента над двадесет романа, повечето от които бестселъри. Притежателка е на няколко литературни отличия. Две от книгите й са финалисти за престижната литературна награда "RITA". Днес Барбара живее основно (но не само, тъй като обича да обикаля щата от край до край) в северна Калифорния със съпруга си и двете им деца.
1. Taken (2006) Да обичаш непознат
Кайла Шеридан мечтае за любов, брак и семейство. Тя среща мъжа на мечтите си и след шеметно ухажване става негова съпруга. Обаче в сватбената нощ той изчезва и Кайла с горчивина осъзнава, че мечтите й са я превърнали в лесна мишена за един измамник. Ник Гренвил притежава вродено чувство за почтеност и непреодолим стремеж към изграждането на най-големите в света мостове. Ала когато на пътя му се изпречва безскрупулен мошеник, Ник загубва всичко, което цени, и собствената си самоличност. Той вече няма какво да губи и е готов на най-смъртоносните рискове, за да изчисти петното от името си и да си върне живота. Събрани от съдбата, Кайла и Ник се впускат в отчаяно преследване на гениалния измамник, който се хвали, че не може да бъде заловен, без да подозират, че ще се сблъскат с потресаващи тайни от тяхното минало.
2. Played (2006) Да си играеш с огъня
Кристина Алберти, специалистка по история на изкуството, е избягала от сенките на своето минало и прикривайки истината, си е създала име като веща познавачка на бижутата в аукционната къща „Баркли”. Животът й е безоблачен, докато легендарен и безценен диамант я превръща в мишена на чаровен измамник, решен да извърши обира на века. Джей Ти Макинтайър, агент на ФБР, си е поставил за цел да залови човека, измамил баща му и съсипал семейството му. Джей няма да позволи на никого да му попречи, дори на Кристина, в която е влюбен... защото вече не знае кой е приятел и кой – враг. Двамата се впускат в търсене на изчезналия диамант, попадайки в свят на алчност и желание, на тайни и съблазън, докато не остава нито едно неразкрито предателство, нито една неразгадана мистерия.
Silent Run (2008)
Forced off the road by another car, a woman awakens in a hospital with amnesia. Then a handsome stranger appears and informs her he is her baby's father and that she disappeared seven months ago. Now they must put their trust in each other to find their child and discover who wants her dead--and why. First in a two-part series.
Silent Fall (2008)
Dylan Saunders is attending a wedding in the mountains when a former lover appears out of nowhere, luring him into the woods, then leaving him there, drugged and disoriented. When he wakes, the woman has disappeared and Dylan is accused of her murder. Now he must rely on the help of a beautiful psychic haunted by her own dark past-and find the killer before the killer finds them..
1. Suddenly One Summer (2009)
In the California coastal town of Angel's Bay, an old legend says that sometimes, when they're needed, angels from an old shipwreck appear and good triumphs over evil. Award-winning, bestselling author Barbara Freethy enchants with the first book in a series that will capture your heart. Jenna Davies flees to the close-knit community of Angel's Bay with a seven-year-old child, a dangerous secret, and a heart full of pain. She wants nothing more than to live a quiet life, but when she sees a teenager plunge off the pier, she doesn't hesitate to dive in after her. But saving the desperate girl's life thrusts Jenna into a spotlight she can ill afford. Suddenly everyone in town wants to know her story -- a story that could cost her life. Reid Tanner was a tough reporter until a shattering incident changed everything. Now all of his instincts are on alert. Who is Jenna, and what is she hiding? He wants answers, but his quest for the truth could put them all in danger. They say love is a miracle--but can it keep Jenna safe in his arms?
2. On Shadow Beach (2010)
The California town of Angel's Bay has had its share of troubles: from the long-unsolved murder of a teenage girl to the young police officer recently left in a coma after being shot. But miracles also have a way of happening . . . as if angels really do keep a watchful eye there. In this touching and suspenseful novel, bestselling author Barbara Freethy returns to the setting of her acclaimed Suddenly One Summer. Lauren Jamison hasn't been back to Angel's Bay since she was a teenager . . . when her sister Abby was murdered and Lauren's boyfriend, Shane Murray, was accused of the crime. When Lauren reluctantly returns home to assist her ailing father, the old attraction again flares between Lauren and Shane. But the terrible days after Abby's murder still stand between them, as well as the secrets Shane has yet to unveil. Finding the truth could bring closure . . . but at a cost. For there are people who don't want old mysteries brought to light -- people whose fear makes them very dangerous.
3. In Shelter Cove (2010)
A long-ago shipwreck off the California coast led the survivors to the haven they named Angel's Bay. Their shared adversity brought fellowship and joy . . . but also unsuspected secrets. Acclaimed author Barbara Freethy returns to the town where angels still keep watch, with a compelling story of a young widow trying to find the truth and bring closure for her son and herself. The theft of three priceless paintings sent Derek Kane to prison and destroyed the dreams of his wife, Brianna. When Derek unexpectedly dies just weeks before his release, Brianna returns to Angel's Bay with her young son, determined to prove her husband's innocence and find the missing paintings. Her efforts are stymied by Jason Marlow, the police officer who sent Derek to jail -- betraying his former friend. And when unexpected passion flares between Brianna and Jason, she must choose between the past and the present, the guilty and the innocent, the truth and the lies. For nothing is what it seems. . .
4. At Hidden Falls (2011)
Mysterious dreams draw costume designer Isabella Silviera to Angel's Bay, the California coastal town where angels occasionally dance above the waves. Bestselling author Barbara Freethy enchants again in this emotional and compelling tale of family secrets, abiding friendships, and heart-touching romance. Isabella's drive to Angel's Bay would have ended in tragedy when her car slid off a cliff if she hadn't been rescued by Nick Hartley. As he helps her to safety, she realizes he is the man who has haunted her dreams. Nick, however, is committed to reconnecting with his estranged teenage daughter, refusing to respond to his powerful attraction to Isabella. And Isabella's police chief brother has his hands full with a missing mother, an abandoned baby, and an unknown father. What is Isabella's role in the mysteries -- both past and present -- that swirl around the town? When she starts helping at the Hartley family theater, all the pieces begin to link together. Loves found and lost, heartbreak and happiness, courage and betrayal are all part of the patchwork quilt of the community -- and of life. Isabella's gift is seeing the patterns. . . .
5. Garden of Secrets (2011)
Dr. Charlotte Adams is torn between two men. Rev. Andrew Schilling is her past, a high-school romance that went drastically wrong. But he's back in town now and part of her present -- along with newly-divorced Police Chief Joe Silviera, whom she's been powerfully attracted to for months. The question is, which man is her future -- and Charlotte has to face and accept her past before she can build a life with Joe.
Daniel's Gift (1996)
RECKLESS YOUTH In her impetuous summer of love, Jenny St. Claire found Luke Sheridan--her dashing knight in intern's scrubs. But a fast-track future and rigid, ambitious parents drove passion out of Luke's life. And the summer ended, leaving Jenny with broken heart...and a beautiful son, Danny, to help mend it. LOVE RECLAIMED Years later it is tragedy that reunites them -- the father whom a son longs to know, and the mother who has tried desperately to forget. And as Luke and Jenny struggle to ignore the pain and desire reborn in a look and a touch, only the remarkable courage of a young boy--and the help of a rather unorthodox guardian angel--can offer them the most precious gift of all: a second chance at the love of a lifetime.
Ryan's Return (1996)
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, smalltown politics, by her daughter's fanciful ghosts 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.
Ask Mariah (1997)
AN UNFULFILLED HEART Joanna Wingate knows something is missing from her life, something she never dreamed she'd find in an handsome stranger's children--mischievous six-year-old twin sisters who look up at her adoringly. . .and call her Mama.. AN UNSPOKEN NEED Since his wife's accidental death, Michael Ashton has struggled with his many responsibilities as a single parent to twin daughters who, though they clearly love him, refuse to speak to him. Then he meets Rose and Lily's new teacher, and his emotions spin out of control. For Joanna Wingate is the mirror image of his late wife. MARIAH.S MAGIC Bizarre coincidence, a strange destiny. . .or something altogether different has joined these four lives. The twins believe Mariah--a magical fortune-teller in a crystal ball--has the answers. But only Joanna and Michael's willingness to confront long-buries secrets can guide their families back to wholeness. . .and unite them in a love that seems meant to be.
One True Love (1998)
SHE WALKED BACK INTO HIS LIFE... The last place Lisa Alvarez expected to find herself was babysitting for her ex-sister-in-law's three rambunctious kids. But when Maggie called her up and begged for time alone, something in Lisa made her say yes--for one weekend she'd leave behind the career she'd built and her regimented new fiance. But Lisa never expected her handsome ex-husband Nick to show up on the doorstep, walking back into her life, and taking over more than the weekend... AND HIS HEART Nick can't believe how Lisa has changed over the years-- and how she's stayed the same. His heart still races when her eyes catch his, his pulse pounds when she's near. After tragedy pushed them apart, Nick spent eight years rebuilding his life and his soul. Can he risk losing his heart again, for a second chance at true love?
The Sweetest Thing (1999)
SHE LONGED FOR A CHILD Alone in the world, Faith Christopher had always yearned for love...and a man who'd make her heart pound. But her dreams of a place to call home were getting harder to hold on to... HE WAS STUBBORNLY SINGLE Alex Carrigan liked fast cars, fast women and fast deals-then a tough talking teenager arrived on his doorstep claiming she was his long-lost-daughter, and his meddling grandfather decided to move in. Suddenly, Alex has to face the family he never expected. BUT THEY WERE MEANT TO BE... Enter Faith. Little did the outspoken and beautiful baker know that deep inside Alex was a well of tenderness...and that she might have the recipe to bring him true love-the sweetest thing life has to offer.
Almost Home (2000)
TROUBLE IN PARADISE Katherine Whitfield hadn't left her seamless life in California to get mixed-up with a rough around the edges man like Zach Tyler. With his well-worn jeans and slow, seductive smile, he was nothing but a cowboy on the wrong side of the Mississippi--a diversion in her heartfelt quest to discover the father she never knew. Zach has a gentle hand with horses and a seductive touch with women...and when he takes Katherine in his arms, he unleashes the passion simmering just below her cool exterior. Yes, her probing questions and tantalizing ways could cause nothing but trouble--but sometimes a man needs a little trouble..
Just the Way You Are (2000)
Take a romantic journey to Tucker's Landing, Oregon, where Sam and Alli Tucker have made a life together...a life about to be tested by the return of the only woman who can break them up...Alli's sister, Tessa. A baby brought them together -- and even though Alli has always loved her strong, sexy husband Sam and the life they've made together, she's now decided to set him free to follow his youthful dreams. For although she worships Sam, it's no longer enough for her to be wife and lover when she knows she holds so little of his heart. Sam has always dreamed of a life away from the close-knit world of Tucker's Landing, but marriage and fatherhood ended all that. Now Sam is torn between what was and what was meant to be. He must decide if it's time to rekindle the dreams of the past...or accept Alli, and her love, just the way she is.
Some Kind of Wonderful (2001)
"ABANDONED BABY FOUND!" It's the kind of story investigative reporter Matt Winters writes about -- not the kind he wants to be living. When he discovers a newborn baby girl on his doorstep, he panics ... then he desperately turns to his temptingly pretty neighbor Caitlyn Devereaux for help. After all, women are supposed to know everything about babies! Caitlyn's natural sensuality intrigues Matt ... and her aching vulnerability as she holds the precious bundle piques his curiosity. The wedding gowns she creates are famous for fulfilling every bride's fantasies, yet she firmly says that marriage -- and motherhood -- are not for her. But her kisses suddenly have Matt dreaming of something wonderful -- and soon he's determined to get this reluctant woman to change her mind.
Love Will Find a Way (2002)
Sometimes forbidden fruit is the sweetest of all... She was untouchable...his business partner's wife. Beautiful Rachel Tanner was everything that Dylan Prescott longed for in a woman -- all lush curves and unconscious sensuality. But he had too much honor to even think about tempting her away from the man she loved... Dylan has always known he should stay far away from this bewitching woman, but now, her marriage over, she has turned to him with questions only he can answer on her alluring lips, As he takes her in his arms he realizes that her tantalizing kisses are no longer forbidden...and the illicit passion he feels for her is no longer out of his reach. But will their love find a way to survive once he tells her the truth?
Summer Secrets (2003)
THERE ARE SECRETS MEANT TO BE SHARED -- AND THOSE THAT MUST BE KEPT FOREVER.... Eight years ago, the three McKenna sisters -- Kate, Ashley, and Caroline -- had their fifteen minutes of fame. Driven by their ambitious father, they won an around-the-world sailign race as teenagers. But something happened out on the turbulent sea -- durign a fierce storm they could never forget.... Now Tyler Jamison has come to Castleton, a picturesque island off the coast of Washington State, asking questions about the famous McKennas. But even as the sisters close ranks against the tenacious reporter, the past threatens to drown them in its wake. It will take Caroline's willingness to right a wrong, Ashley's struggle to face her greatest fears, and Kate's attempt to embrace life -- and love -- again to finally calm the winds and stop the rain....
All She Ever Wanted (2004)
Sometimes our darkest memories hold the key to our dearest hopes... She was their closest friend, or so they thought--until years later, when her secrets send them on a perilous search for the truth about who she really was... and why she died... Bestselling author Barbara Freethy delivers an involving, emotional new story of sisterhood, secrets, and lies... Ten years ago, during a party gone out of control, beautiful, vibrant Emily plummeted to her death, leaving her three best friends and sorority sisters--Natalie, Laura, and Madison--devastated. None of them has ever forgotten that night--the role each may have played in Emily's death, the guilt that has pursued them, and the loss they still suffer. Now, an unknown writer has rocketed onto bestseller lists with a novel that eerily mirrors their own story. Who is he? How does he know the intimate details of their lives? And why is he accusing one of them of murder? As they begin to unravel the startling truth about the friend whose youthful desire for life exceeded her grasp, each will rediscover a love she lost long ago, and uncover secrets that will forever change all their lives...
Golden Lies (2004) Позлатени лъжи
Три забележителни фамилии, обещание отпреди петдесет години, което някога ги е свързвало, немислимо предателство, което ги е разделило, и старинен бронзов дракон, който може да унищожи бъдещето им... Райли Макалистър, Пеги Хатауей и Алиша Чен принадлежат към различни светове. Райли вече не е младежът, израснал сред хипита. Той се стреми към справедливостта - понякога бавно и мъчително, но с чувството, че възтържествуването й е най-важното в живота на всеки човек. Пеги се опитва да намери мястото си като наследница на прочута фирма за търговия с антикварни предмети. Алиша е впримчена в ограниченията, налагани от предразсъдъците на семейството й. Трима души, събрани от съдбата, и принудени да на правят невъзможния избор между романтичната любов и лоялността към семейството, между спокойния живот сред разкош и богатство и откриването на истината. Защото съществуване, изградено върху лъжи, макар и позлатени, е немислимо. Отвори ли се вратата към миналото връщане назад няма...
The Cuzzian Horse (2004)
Evan lived a rather uneventful life, until the day a monster flew into his village and stole his sister. On that day, Evan's life changed forever. With his father near death, he is faced with the fact that he must go and rescue Mya. The last thing his father tells him is to seek counsel from Goyae, an elder of their village. Goyae gives Evan four pieces of magic. Then he tells Evan that he must right all wrongs done by the evil Drenmore to be able to cross back over the Lake of Death and return home. He is forced to overcome many obstacles. He makes new friends, like the Pawquas, a village of people no larger than a corncob. Each new friend and each obstacle brings him closer to rescuing his sister and ending the evil caused by Drenmore.
Don't Say a Word (2005) Безмълвно
Устните му бяха солени от морския Въздух, устата му - жарка, търсеща, дръзка... Джулия Демарко планира сватба, която ще смае Сан Франциско. Съдбата обаче е решила друго. На една фотоизложба тя вижда снимка на момиченце от сиропиталище в Европа - детето е нейно копие. Само че Джулия не е сираче, нито е пътувала в чужбина. Знае коя е... но дали е така? Измъчвана от съмнения, тя се впуска в търсене на истината. Единственият ключ към загадката е медальон във формата на лебед, единственият й съюзник - сексапилният фотограф Алекс Менинг. Изведнъж животът й се преобръща. Скъпите й хора, на които безрезервно вярва, сякаш вече са непознати. Може да се довери само на Алекс, но и той крие свои тайни. Всяка нейна крачка води към мистериозно минало - минало, което има власт завинаги да промени бъдещето й.
Patrick Michael O'Reilly's 13th Summer (2007)
For Patrick it was summer - no school, no Sister Joseph, a time to have fun with his friends. Patrick and his friends, 'The Dynamiters,' had all of their plans made. This was going to be their summer, a summer for fun and pranks. The plan was set until the 'unfortunate incident,' after which Pat is faced with the possibility of spending the summer alone. That is, until Caddy comes into his life. Between Caddy's antics and Pat's grandfather's boyish need for excitement, his life will never be the same. It isn't all fun and games, though. Pat is faced with some important questions. His beliefs are challenged, and his family ties are strengthened.