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Some Kind of Wonderful

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,967 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Fans of Nora Roberts, Kristin Hannah, Susan Wiggs and Robyn Carr will enjoy this emotional, heartwarming romance from Award-Winning Author Barbara Freethy.

Originally published by Avon Books

RITA Award-winning author, Barbara Freethy is known for her unforgettable stories, where ordinary people find extraordinary love -- and where unexpected soulmates are sometimes found ri
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Published February 17th 2011 by Barbara Freethy (first published January 1st 2001)
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Limau Nipis
Ok, I have been stalling. This is only my 2nd read by Barbara Freethy after the wonderful Just the Way You Are.

I have to spend days to finish this book. Sometimes I wonder whether this book is stuck at the 90s era - well, I imagine a fixed phone set, women with big hairdo (you get the idea). Even though at one point of time, the hero, Matt, used a cellphone - but still, the story feels old.

This book lacks the punch. Seriously.

It just had to have a baby to make to book going forward. I feel reall
Cindy Vine
I have to be up-front here, I am not the target audience for this genre. I seldom read love stories as I find them predictable and cheesy. However, after reading a whole lot of legal thrillers and psychological thrillers I decided I needed to read something completely different, something to make me feel good about the world. I can't quite remember how I came upon Some kind of wonderful, but I'm glad I did. It is well-written with great realistic characters. The story is pretty good as well and ...more
Jul 10, 2013 Cindie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some Kind of Wonderful was just that. I loved every page and will read this story over and over again. I fell in love with Barbara Freethy's writing style a year ago and each story just grabs my heart more than the last. If you haven't given her books a try yet, get started with this one!
Feb 27, 2015 Janeiowa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very heart-warming story of people who care about family and looking for happiness.

The characters are very likeable and believable and the storyline flows well.

May 29, 2013 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars

Matt Winters, un periodista de investigación quien se ha mudado recientemente a San Francisco, la ciudad en la que nació y vivió hasta la adolescencia, regresa a su apartamento una noche como de costumbre. Cansado y viviendo una rutina de soltero, se sorprende al encontrar a un bebé llorando frente a su puerta. Sin saber qué hacer y al borde del pánico recurre a la ayuda que tiene a mano, su vecina Caitlyn a quien nunca ha visto.

Caitlyn aún no se ha recobrado de las heridas físicas y ps
Mar 10, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Hello and Welcome to another free form review. This time I'm talking about Some Kind of Wonderful by Barbara Freethy. It tells the story of Matt Winters an investigative reporter that moved back to the San Francisco area where he grew up in hopes of finding his younger sister Sarah, whom he hasn't seen since they were split up as kids in foster care.

After a few weeks he hasn't made much progress, until the night he finds a baby in the hallway of his apartment building. In a panic he knocks on h
Sep 09, 2013 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
what can i say? It is a lite and easy read, without too much surprise or any of the "wow" factor. Its a simple love story, its romance, iits real. What i wasn't expected is how well written this book to be without having it to be a cheesy romance. Although, as 99.9% romance books goes, the happy ever after ending is pretty much predicted from the word read. This book can consider one of Freethy's better work. However, nothing out standing from it.
Kind of schizo story line -- ordinary, inoffensive romance plot about a wedding dress designer, reporter, and cute baby, meets somewhat more histrionic plot about a life altering accident and a controlling mother, meets completely over-the-top plot about postpartum depression, a sketchy preacher-romance, and an arsonist angel.
Jan 06, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. It may be a hard read for anyone that struggles with infertility, but it's a beautifl story of.coming together as a family. I was hopimg there was a sequel when I reached.the end!
Oct 07, 2016 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing,I think it's one of my favorite books ever.Barbara Freethy never ceases to amaze me.If you're not reading Barbara Freethy books then what are you waiting for?
Finish Time: 4-5 nights. As you can see in my book update post, I’m juggling a few books right now. I had finished Elizabeth Street prior to starting this one and needed something much shorter and lighter. Looking back, I apparently pick a lot of this author’s books, and didn’t even realize it until now. I think this is the first for the blog though. She writes a mean description that always ropes me in!

This one is the story of single-reporter Matt. Raised in a broken family and estranged from h
Oct 23, 2013 Lavinia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I hate this kind of books. Sometimes I think they are far, far away from what I call reality, where everything is, of course, not like in the movies. But this is what I dont like about movies as well, you just cant see the details. Now, on the other side, I started reading this book just because it was free on amazon and I was trying to see if I can read on my kindle. I read few pages then I stopped: not another fairy book!!

Well, somehow yesterday I started reading it again. I was
Dec 21, 2013 Cathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ by Barbara Freethy is a good, solid contemporary romance. Both the heroine and hero are well developed characters who become acquainted through the help of a crying baby. The baby was left in the hallway outside the apartment of the hero, Matt. The baby’s mother, Sarah, is the long lost sister of Matt. Matt and Sarah were separated after a fire started in the apartment they lived in with their mother.

When Matt hears a baby crying and opens his door to find a baby there
Linda Dossett
Sep 15, 2016 Linda Dossett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Touching story and it all happened in the course of a week. Worth the time spent.
Susan Shearer
May 30, 2016 Susan Shearer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read anything by Freethy before, but would definitely recommend this book!!! This was a book I could not put down!!!
The main characters are three (3) people and yet there are some that 'pass' through the story. You meet Matt Winters...a news reporter. A no nonsense, dedicated man. Then his neighbor across the hall a wedding dress designer (well not at the moment, but in her past) who is a meek, reserved, cautious women, Caitlin Devereaux. They meet thanks to a precious baby named Emi
Sep 06, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was a definite 3.75-4 stars for me. I was drawn in from the very start. The main characters have to deal with their own forms of loss, love and inner demons. Caitlyn is a likable character who has kept her most significant loss a secret until she is forced by love and trust to reveal it. Matt is a sensitive, caring man who has been haunted by his past. Together this couple is wonderful. I loved the honesty that they had with each other. Baby Emily was an interesting way to bring them togeth ...more
Mar 17, 2013 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit surprised with this book. I expected a mushy romance and I got a bit more than that. Matt and Caitlyn story starts when he finds a baby in the his flat's corridor and assumes it's hers. This is how two unlikely characters are brought together and what it seems- at first - to be a romance becames a thriller as they embarque on a search for the baby's mother. It only helps that, as the novel progresses, both Caitlyn & Matt have a troublesome past and therefore are not the normal, p ...more
Dulce María
Una trama simple y mucho romance, un libro que te hace replantearte tus prioridades, pero sobre todo el hecho de que debes conocerte a ti mismo para poder estar bien con los demás.
Enfrenta tus problemas y habla sobre ellos por que si no les dices a los demás que algo te molesta ellos jamas lo sabrán.
La historia va sobre Matt que encuentra a una pequeña bebe e su puerta la cual lo unirá con su encantadora vecina, lo cual los llevara a voltear a ver sus pasados, los errores que cometieron, el dolo
Everything about this feels old - from the book cover to the setting to the characterization. I thought this was written, perhaps in the late 80s - early 90s but I was wrong. It was first published over 10 years ago, but it feels much, much older.

I like the writing and the pace of the story is pretty nice, but it lacks the 'ooomph' factor. It was just nice - which is better than bad, of course. But it could have been better. This is the first time I read anything written by the author, so this
J.B. Stockings
Oct 02, 2012 J.B. Stockings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep reading Barbara Freethy hoping to find something that equals Summer Secrets and have never found it yet, although this one isn't bad. I liked the two main characters (although the ex boyfriend was a bit unbelievably clueless in my book), and the baby thrown in was something I haven't read much in romance novels, but there was something missing that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's just the whole "guy has to realize he wants to settle down" story line that is just getting boring.
Feb 22, 2014 Caro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, own
Pretty good freebie. I liked the characters and the story line. It was a little slow going at first but picked up a little through out the book. There were plenty of emotions, a variety of personalities, touching parts, inspiration, self-discovery and growth, some exasperation on my part, some sparks and steaminess, sweetness, and a really good ending. If this were a movie, it would be a little bit of a sappy chick flick. I enjoyed reading it, although it didn't pull me in directly, it had more ...more
Anne Holly
May 08, 2016 Anne Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, a-t
A very nice read! Hero was pretty attractive, and I liked the heroine quite fine. The writing was sweet and the people seemed real, and the romance was very compelling. The hero had a rather large chip on his shoulder, but remained engaging, nonetheless. There was a relatively lackluster B Story romance featuring the hero's screwed up sister finding live and Jesus, but I skipped those pages entirely, and enjoyed the rest.

3.5/5 rounded up to 4, as is my usual habit.
Jessica Thomas
This book is definitely a girly romance novel. It's not raunchy and overly graphic; I got it as used book store and read it over our Christmas vacation. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down and almost finished it in one sitting. It's nothing I would have normally read but I'm glad I did. If your looking for a book that will give you the same effect that a chick-flick will (think Serendipity meets Raising Helen ... kind of) you'll enjoy this book.
Kimberly K
I read this awhile ago but never reviewed it. I got it free in the iTunes book store. It was my first Freethy book. And it stuck with me enough that when I saw another free Freethy offering, I downloaded it right away.

I liked it. It was sweet and had heart. I liked the characters. I'm sure I will read more Freethy books in the future.
Hirni Patel
Oct 18, 2013 Hirni Patel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story which engages the reader very well. Very well written. A story of how Matt's lost sister, Sarah, leaves her baby at his apartment door and she was the one who brought Cait, his next door neighbour closer to him. Emotions of the past, present and future fell right in place and was executed very well.
Jul 08, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
What a wonderful story of redemption, acceptance and new beginnings. I appreciated the "real-ness" of Caitlyn's desires, struggles, and "demons" she had to overcome. I loved the intertwining of all the characters and how each one of them had to work through their own issues but they did it together! I can't wait to read more from Barbara Freethy!
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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!
Kate Laws
Jan 09, 2015 Kate Laws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matt and Catelyn were both extremely likable people, but it disappoints me when other characters have to point out to the protagonists that they are in love with each other, which happened often in this book. Other than that, the story clipped along nicely and I enjoyed it. I wish we had gotten a little bit more of the secondary plot couple.
Cindy Jacobson
This is a typical chick-lit book. I really did like the characters Matt and Caitlyn. There were secret, bad childhoods, missing people and an abandoned baby. I thought the author could have gone a little deeper with the characters and the ending felt very rushed. A good book to read if you just finished reading something heavy and deep.
Sep 06, 2013 Chanel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author. What I liked about her style, is she gives the reader great insight into the characters. What I did not like, there was no Epilogue.
Matt and Caitlyn were both likable, strong but wounded individuals. Their scenes with baby, Emily, were so touching.
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Barbara's love of writing developed out of a love of reading. Growing up in an all-boy neighborhood, she spent quite a bit of time reading through her mother's large library, many of which were romantic novels. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she went into Public Relations, but soon discovered that writing was her true passion.

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“It's not your imagination. I hear it, too." Another shriek made Matt pause. "I'll talk to you later." He put the phone down and walked to the door. The only other tenant on this side of the L-shaped building was a single woman he had yet to meet. He opened the door, but there was no one there. Actually, there” 1 likes
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