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Book Title: Safe Harbor|
The author of the book: Judith Arnold
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 955 KB
Edition: Harlequin Books
Date of issue: September 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780373164059
Read full description of the books:This is not the type of romance I would have normally chosen to read, and it was actually quite by accident that I began this one. I downloaded it a while back when it was a freebie on Amazon. I had been scrolling through my archive list in the Kindle for iPhone when I accidentally touched this one and downloaded it to my phone. When I went to go move it back to the archive, I decided to open it instead and read the first few lines. It had me hooked from the first page.
The first third of the book takes place when the two leads, Kip Stroud and Shelley Ballard are 15. We get a lot of back story about how they had been best friends, as close as two friends can be, since they were 8 years old and met on Block Island, which I've found out, after researching a bit, is a real island off the coast of Rhode Island. The majority of the book takes place on Block Island, and there are many details about the place.
The two characters' families both have summer homes on the Island, and although they do not communicate throughout the rest of the year, each summer when their respective families return to the Island they are inseparable. At 15, the two teenagers are just beginning to get those first tingly hormonal sensations teenagers get when they notice the opposite sex, and they share a pretty steamy kiss just before they are unwillingly separated for many years.
The rest of the book takes place more than a decade later when another tragedy brings Kip back to the Island, only to find that Shelley moved there permanently a few years earlier. Ergo they are brought back together, this time as adults, where they renew their friendship and all of those old childhood lovey feelings are thrust back to the surface.
This book was very sweet. Good sweet, NOT treacly, and not 'squeaky clean' either (there are two sex scenes). It is a tender story about two adults who have both known tragedy and hardship, and who cling to the memories of their carefree childhoods together. They have a deep, solid friendship upon which to build a true adult relationship.
It's not an easy sequence of events for the characters. They spend a lot of time grieving their pasts. Both characters have to overcome certain events in their lives that prevent them from getting and staying together.
(view spoiler)[There is an unplanned pregnancy, as well, which - among other issues - throws a stumbling block in the path of our hero and heroine in the progression toward their HEA. (hide spoiler)]
I'm very glad I read this. I liked both the hero and heroine very much, and I really wanted them to be together, but they really didn't have an easy time of it.
One of the major issues I had was that I wished there had been a more thorough establishment of their history as childhood friends, and I wish that there had been more time spent on their budding attraction for one another as teenagers. They share one kiss at 15 before they are separated for 12 years, and I would have liked to have seen more of a developing relationship than just one kiss.
I wish the characters had been more forthright with one another about their feelings. They held back even at times when I didn't really feel that had any real reason to do so. But it did make for some great angst, making their ultimate HEA much sweeter.
But, overall, this was a great read. Great writing! Would recommend if you're in the mood for a sweet and tender romance with characters whose friendship turns into true love.
Read information about the authorBarbara Keiler
aka Ariel Berk, Thea Frederick, Judith Arnold
Barbara Keiler was born on April 7th. She started telling stories before shecould write. She was four when her sister, Carolyn, stuffed a crayon intoher hand and taught her the alphabet, and she's been writing ever since.
Barbara is a graduate of Smith College, where she learned to aim for thestars, and she received a master's degree in creative writing from BrownUniversity, where she took aim at a good-looking graduate student in thechemistry department and wound up marrying him. She says: "Before myhusband and I were married, I had a job in California and he was working onhis Ph.D. in Rhode Island. I became ill, and he hopped on a plane and flewacross the country to be with me. Neither of us had any money, but he saidhe simply couldn't concentrate on his research, knowing I was three thousandmiles away and facing a serious health problem all by myself. He stayed fortwo weeks, until I was pretty well recovered. That he would just drop whathe was doing, put his life on hold and race to my side told me how much heloved me. After that, I knew this was the man I wanted to marry."
Barbara has received writing fellowships from the Shubert Foundation and theNational Endowment for the Arts, and has taught at colleges and universitiesaround the country. She has also written several plays that have beenprofessionally staged at regional theaters in San Francisco, Washington, D.C.,Connecticut and off-off-Broadway.
Since her first romance novel's publication in 1983 as Ariel Berk. Shewrote one novel as Thea Frederick, and since 1985 she writes asJudith Arnold. Barbara has sold more than 70 novels, with eight millioncopies in print worldwide. She has recently signed a contract with MIRABooks. Her first MIRA novel will appear in 2001. She has received severalawards from Romantic Times Magazine, including awards for the Best HarlequinAmerican Romance of the Year, Best Harlequin Superromance of the Year, BestSeries Romantic Novel of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Certificate ofMerit for Innovative Series Romance. She has also been a finalist for theGolden Medallion Award and the RITA Award for Romance Writer of America. Hernovel Barefoot in the Grass has appeared on the recommended reading listsdistributed by cancer support services at several hospitals.
Barbara lives in a small town not far from Boston, Massachusetts, New England with her husband, two teenage sons, and a guinea pig named Wilbur. Her sister Carolyn died of breast cancer in 1998.
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