Love By The Book, Ladies of Summerhill Series #3   -     By: Cara James
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Love By The Book, Ladies of Summerhill Series #3

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

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A sweet marriage-of-convenience story set in the lavish homes of 1901 Rhode Island.

Melinda Hollister's sister and Nick Bryson's brother tragically die in a train wreck, leaving behind three-year-old daughter Nell. Much to Melinda's surprise, she and Nick become co-guardians of the child. The three of them spend July and August at Summerhill, a seaside mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, where they try to get better acquainted and work out a solution to their dilemma with the help of missionary friends.

Though neither loves the other, Melinda and Nick marry to provide a stable home for Nell. But when Nell is kidnapped, they put aside their differences to search for her. Their emerging feelings for each other soon strengthen as they focus their attention on the rescued child they mutually adore.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595546812
ISBN-13: 9781595546814
Availability: In Stock
Series: Ladies of Summerhill

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Publisher's Description

A sweeping love story set in a lavish seaside mansion in 1901 Rhode Island.

Melinda Hollister is a society lady, intent on finding a rich husband before her peers discover her quickly diminishing wealth. Nick Bryson is all business, focused on making a name for himself in his father's teamship line. Despite the marriage of their siblings, they rarely gave each other a second glance—until a tragic accident results in Melinda and Nick being appointed as co-guardians of their three-year-old niece Nell.

In order to get better acquainted with Nell and one another, Melinda and Nick agree to spend the summer in their own private quarters of the Bryson family vacation home, Summerhill. As their love for Nell grows, so does their attraction to each other. And for the first time in their lives, they sense that God has a bigger plan in motion.

Yet old habits die hard and Melinda and Nick each find it difficult to resist the pull of their former worlds.

When the unthinkable happens, they find themselves faced with seemingly impossible choices and a new understanding of God's true love.

Author Bio

Cara Lynn James is the author of several novels including Love on a Dime. She's received contest awards from Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Florida with her husband Jim.

Endorsements

A wonderful storyline filled with romance and family secrets. The main characters are loving, caring individuals with a few secrets neither knows how to reveal to the other without causing hurt feelings. James continues to bring her characters to a higher plane in each book she writes. - 4 stars Romantic Times

Publisher's Weekly

Inspirational fiction author James (Love on a Dime) returns to offer her love-struck fans another romance, this one featuring the pampered Melinda Hollister and her deceased sister's dashing brother-in-law, the bachelor Nick Bryson. Melinda is rather spoiled and fun-loving, while Nick is overly somber and serious. The two have nothing in common except for a grand devotion to their orphaned niece, three-year-old Nell. As co-guardians, the two must find a way to overcome their disagreements for the sake of Nell; overcome they do, by agreeing to marry for the sake of convenience. That's not exactly the happy ending either of them envisions, as scheming relatives and money problems threaten their union from the start. James does a tidy job of writing characters who are believable and whose circumstances are plausible; her growing fan base won't be disappointed, even if there isn't a great deal of depth in the story itself. (July) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    May 30, 2012
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Out of the three this was not my favorite. It felt rushed in the storytelling and I didn't fell a whole lot of chemistry between Melinda and Nick. I actually skimmed through the last few chapters of the book. I did however enjoy the story line of them coming together to raise Nell.
  2. Betty Walley
    Fort Worth, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    too much sex in a Christian book
    May 19, 2012
    Betty Walley
    Fort Worth, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Story took to long to tell-should be 150 pages shorter & not repeat. I do not like all the reference to sex in a Christian book. I buy Christian books so I don't have to read that in the story.
  3. Sharon Turner
    Joplin, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Series
    February 4, 2012
    Sharon Turner
    Joplin, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    #3 better than #2. The Ladies of Summerhill gives an excellent look at the early 1900's society.
  4. Jenny Lazuardi
    Milwaukee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I enjoyed the caring.
    November 21, 2011
    Jenny Lazuardi
    Milwaukee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    The novel was about self sacrifice that turned out well.
  5. Sandra Lee Smith
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartwarming romance
    October 12, 2011
    Sandra Lee Smith
    Tempe, AZ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Ladies of Summerhill series only gets better. Love By The Book is a moving story that is difficult to put down. Cara Lynn James writes with a lovely lyrical style that brings the turn of the century era alive. Not only does she bring the era alive, but she highlights interesting points of history in all three of the series that have been published so far. I can't wait for the next book by this author.
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