From USA TODAY bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg comes an original and wonderfully romantic story of star-crossed lovers who have been apart for twenty years and who rediscover one another in an idyllic coastal village on Cape Cod.
A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE. It's a deep, aching need for anyone whose heart has ever been broken. Maddie Regan and Dan Hawke were college lovers who were compelled to go separate ways after a horrific event for which Dan was blamed. She settled down and raised a family; he roamed the planet as a war correspondent. But a near death experience brings Dan in search of the only woman he has ever loved. His plan to win Maddie is simple: take up residence in a lighthouse just a stone's throw from her family's summer home, and then make her fall back in love with him. He knows her family will object and suspects that her daughter might; but he refuses to believe that Maddie herself -- the woman who has haunted his dreams for two decades -- can be any less in love with him than he is with her.
It's not that simple for Maddie. She has a jealous ex-husband to deal with ... a feisty, resentful teenager ... a widowed mother unable to emerge from mourning ... and the ongoing heartbreak of her father's unsolved murder. Is it possible to throw all of that aside for the chance to be happy?
"A superb story."
"Buy this book! A truly fantastic summer read!"
--Suzanne Barr, Gulf Coast Woman
"A CHARMED PLACE allows Stockenberg's considerable talents to truly shine ... almost perfect ... a well-rounded, believable, entertaining and moving romance [with] an intellectually challenging mystery... a real story about real people whom readers will care deeply about."
"An absorbing, highly engaging read with dialogue [that is] clever and realistic. The Cape Cod setting is vividly evoked, and secondary characters add great color .... Ms. Stockenberg is a gifted prose stylist; she makes us care about the characters. The fairly explicit love scenes are not only passionate, but also tender. A truly charming contemporary romance with an uplifting theme that second chances at love are possible .... "
--"A CHARMED PLACE is a captivating mixture of mystery and romance with characters that seem so real they jump off the pages. Stockenberg is adept at capturing family relationships and conveying a real sense of the characters' feelings and motiviations. [This is] an intriguing and passionate tale that will have the reader longing to read her next novel."
--Writers Write Website
"A glorious novel ... Ms. Stockenberg takes her place alongside LaVyrle Spencer as a writer of depth and perception." Very Highly Recommended
--Under the Covers Reviews
"Pure Stockenberg. The author captures the flavor of New England life along with great family dynamics. The love story between Dan and Maddie gives hope to anyone who dreams of their first love."
"Passion, love, hatred and deceit all collide with unexpected force in the powerful and expressive A CHARMED PLACE."
--Romantic Times Magazine
"Very witty writing ... wonderfully drawn characters ... [get] to know them and the obstacles they overcome."
--Book Barn Gazette
A plot line that shifts from the Twilight Zone to Murder, She Wrote to the sit-com Cybill, makes Stockenberg's latest (after Dream a Little Dream) feel as if it's suffering from a bad case of channel-surfing. Summering in the family cottage on Cape Cod with her entourage of goofy friends, Maddie Regan is stunned to learn that Dan Hawke, her first love, has taken up residence in the lighthouse next door. During their college years, Dan had been a principal player in a political rally that nearly killed Maddie's father. The incident had ended their relationship. Now, after serving 14 years as a war correspondent, an out-of-body experience compels him to reenter Maddie's life and take up where they left off. Fortunately for him, Maddie's divorced. Unfortunately for him, everyone in her family hates him, especially Maddie's obsessively jealous ex-husband and Maddie's mother, who blames Dan--in a roundabout way--for her husband's death a few months before. Stockenberg's previous work has shown real promise, but in an attempt to keep the pace fast she has added too many elements and weighed down her story line.