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A Whole New Light

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  2,675 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews

Sandra Brown’s classic love stories have long captivated readers with “larger than life heroines [that] make you believe all the warm, wonderful, wild things in life.”* Now, for the first time in hardcover, comes her exquisite novel of two people whose newfound attraction compels them to see other in . . .
Cyn McCall knew she could always count on her lat

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Bantam (first published 1989)
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Jan 18, 2016 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loveswept
Cyn McCall feels like she needs a change, her life has become too monotonous.

"I want something to happen. Something that will shake things up, turn my life around."

Cyn's husband Tim died two years ago. She has a four-year-old son, Brandon. And she's being hit on by an ob/gyn doctor who works at the same clinic that she does who thinks Cyn's uptight about sex. After visiting a good friend, Worth Lansing, he persuades her to go away with him for the weekend (just as friends) to Acapulco, to take a
Jun 03, 2017 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been two years since Cyn McCall lost her husband Tim to an automobile accident. The love for her son and the support of her husband's best friend, Worth Lansing, kept her going in her time of grief. Now she is restless and her mother keeps telling her it is time to get on with her life. When she talks to Worth about it, he invites Cyn on a weekend trip to Acapulco. But the trip turns into more than either of them counted on when they see each other in a whole new light. Is it the exotic loc ...more
When I first read the summary of the book I was intrigued. I love friends-to-lovers story, and I usually like Ms. Brown's stories so I figured I would like this one as well. Unfortunately that didn't seem to be the case.

Cyn's life hasn't turned out the way she dreamed. Her husband died two years ago, and now she lives with her widowed mother and her son. Nothing interesting happens to her. The only bright thing in her life (besides her son) is her best friend Wroth (who happened to be her husban
Originally published in 1989 under the 'Loveswept' label, A WHOLE NEW LIGHT takes the formulaic theme of a young widow getting involved with her deceased husband's best friend. Because there is some outdated material, my guess is those 35 years old and up would enjoy this romance the most. Or if you are a young 'old soul'.

Cynthia 'Cyn' McCall was contentedly married to Tim when her husband was tragically killed in an accident. Fast forward two years later and she is stuck in a rut. Her widowed m
It was easy and engaging read.
Jun 24, 2017 Cheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's just a short, fun, romantic beach read. Perfect for a summer vacation go to book.
Rating 3.5

I like friend to lovers story and this fit this theme. The fact I appreciated the most was these two were truly best friends, joking about the hero's success with women, he being there for her when her husband and his best friend died and the best part was that both of them had never harboured feelings of more than friendship before they both take a trip out of town & are thrown in close proximity. This change of environment makes them see each other in a new light with both thinki
Alexis-Morgan Roark
My only problem with this funny, sexy book is that Cyn's husband had to die for these two to come together.

I laughed. I teared up a little. I marvelled at how absolutely BLIND Worth had been for YEARS!

This is a great read that is quick, a little predictable, but LOADS of fun!!
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Mar 17, 2014 Lyuda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 stars
Nice, short and satisfying read. This is a story of two best friends (widow and confirmed bachelor) who came to see each other in a different light during their unplanned trip to Acapulco. The mixed emotions, reluctance and even guilt that they experienced when their feelings changed for each other were well portrayed. It was also interesting and kind of sad for me to revisit before 9/11 commercial flight experience.
Gizella Tóth
Feb 26, 2015 Gizella Tóth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Felfoghatatlan. Mondanám, hogy spoiler következik, de annyira nem szól semmiről ez a könyv, hogy bármit írok is, azt nem lehet spoilernek nevezni.
Adva vagyon ugye a hősnő, aki özvegy - itt még nagyon érdekelt a dolog, mert nora új trilógiájában a három nőből kettő szintén az, így kíváncsi voltam, Sandra hogyan dolgozza fel ezt a témát - nos, sehogy - a hölgy cirka kétszáz oldalon keresztül vagy az önsajnálatban fetreng vagy a féltékenység cakkozza, persze néhányszor szeretkeznek is a főhőssel, a
Diah Didi
Aku suka banget A Whole New Light ini. Tema temen-jadi-demen gitu lho ... one of my favorite theme. Dan hubungan mereka baik banget sebelumnya. Kayaknya belum nemu SB yang begini (kecuali Texas! Chase dan Marcie, tapi itu juga sempet dingin gara2x kecelakaan yang newasin istrinya Chase)

Jadi ya si Cyn ini bersahabat baik kok sama Worth, sahabat almarhum suaminya. Sampe akhirnya ... mereka liburan bareng dan 'terjadilah' sesuatu. Dari situ mereka sempet renggang gara-gara Worth salah ngomong. At
Aug 15, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of Cyn who lost her husband a couple years back. Her husband's best friend, Worth, takes her on a trip to Acapulco one weekend and they end up sleeping together.

The romance between Cyn and Worth was sweet. I am glad they got the ending that they did. I found their emotions and what they said to each other both realistic and endearing. They made me smile alot. There was a bit of tension between then after they slept together. Cyn felt like she was betraying her husband b
Mary B.
Not bad... not GREAT. Very dated. Characters were well-written - but I thought Cyn was excessively unreasonably prudish and fussy. I also found it slightly hard to believe that Worth made the switch from sex-crazed playboy to the ultra-faithful super-dad in such a short time. I also found it hard to believe that two people who were truly, honestly JUST friends up until their trip to Acapulco would behave as these two did. They never behaved liked just friends. From the very beginning (when they ...more
Andrei Ardelean
Jul 22, 2015 Andrei Ardelean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is very good, romantic, really exciting and you can not put it down until you finish it! It presents an escapade of two very good friends in Acapulco - Cyn McCall and Worth Lansing - but the romantic atmosphere, the loneliness and the privacy that they have there change and complicate their friendship and they inevitable fall in love and become attracted to each other.
Would they be able to pass all the barriers in the name of love or would they give up and suffer an entire life?
Read t
Suria Selvaraja
1. A book by a female author
2. A book you can finish in a day
3. A book by an author you've never read before
4. A book you own but never read
5. A book written by an author with your same initials
Sep 05, 2015 MiniMe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Déjà vu again. After finishing this story, I am certain I read this in the late 80s. It was enjoyable then and enjoyable again now. I guess that makes this an oldie but goodie.
Jun 11, 2017 Rita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I randomly, quickly selected this one after Tara showed me how to download from my phone when I didn't have one checked out from the library. Found this one simple and poorly written. Ironically about a young widow. Wouldn't recommend.
I found the heroine deeply unlikable. She complained about everything, relentlessly and with little reason, to the point that I had a hard time understanding why the love interest actually liked her.
M. Schilling
Good little love story....happy ending.
Andreea Ilie
Apr 06, 2016 Andreea Ilie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nesfârșita iubire este o poveste romantică, siropoasă pentru unii, dar delicioasă pentru alții, care se citește destul de repede, datorită stilului ușor și cursiv al SB. Cartea ne arată că oricât de răniți și îndurerați am fi, datorită pierderii celui pe care-l iubeam cu toată ființa noastră, viața va avea grijă să ne regăsim pe noi cei de altădată, dacă ne dăm voie să simțim din nou.

"El zâmbi când îi văzu picioarele goale.
- Sunt puține femeile care ar fi la fel de practice. Îmi place de tine
Dec 25, 2014 Amyiw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb interested me and it was available from Digital Editions (library) and the title fit a challenge. The blurb of a friends to lovers, where the guy talks the woman into giving them a chance... not quite. She is a self righteous, prude. He knowing this eggs her insecurities on. They so don't belong lovers and after the total mistake, they shouldn't be friends anymore either. They are both idiots, and mean spirited.

So the very beginning of the book was looking up but her reaction started t
Sep 29, 2010 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-fun
This book was my first from author Sandra Brown. And I was pleasantly pleased to have found a new romance author. This novel was a light-hearted romance that I finished in a couple of hours. It did not have any major weight of issues within, and it provided a great escape into a fun story.

The basic story revolves around Cyn and Worth, best friends from college back when Cyn was dating, then married, Worth's best friend Tim. The three friends seemed to do everything together, and Cyn and Worth's
Jul 06, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown has long inspired readers to believe that life is full of wonderful possibilities. Here is one of her classic novels, an exquisite tale of longtime friends who have seen it all—and suddenly see each other in a whole new light.

Ever since losing her husband, Cyn McCall has counted on his business partner, Worth Lansing. Though a confirmed bachelor, Worth nonetheless proves himself to be a dependable friend and a father figure to her son. He makes

Kris Laabs Malmberg
Very quick read. It is your basic romance novel but I still enjoyed an interlude to the other two books I am reading about murder.
Kim Barcelos
Cyn McCall knew she could always count on her late husband's best friend and business partner Worth Lansing. He could make her laugh and forget her problems. She could tease him about his many romantic entanglements. The last thing Cynn expected was to find herself longing for a man who could never settle down.

When Worth invites Cyn to a getaway weekend in Acapulco, he doesn't expect to be sharing a room-or to respond to her the way he does to any beautiful woman. While he thinks it's time Cyn s
Feb 27, 2011 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cute-funny-books
I have always had a soft spot for books about the Best Friends discovering that they have more feelings for each other than they originally thought. This story complicates that simple plot by adding a widow and a small child into the mix.
Wade is the very lovable bachlor that is fun to read about. He definatley made the story fly by. And his support of his best friend's widow makes him that much more endearing.
I admit that there could have been more complications to the story that just weren't
I loved this book. I usually reserve my audiobooks for when I am doing household chores, but I was so engrossed in this book I listened to it every chance I got. It was a short audiobook, 5 hours, and I finished it within 2 days. The narrator was great, and a joy to listen to. Narrators can make or break a book, but if the book is not good to begin with than no narrator can make it enjoyable. I think this is one book that you would like to either read or listen to equally. The story flowed easil ...more
Sheri faulk
Jan 04, 2016 Sheri faulk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cyn McCall desperately wanted something to happen, to shake up her life and turn it around --- but when Worth Lansing tempted her to share a weekend in Acapulco, did she dare go? Her husband Tim had died more than two years before, and Worth, his business partner and Dallas's most notorious bachelor, was her buddy, her best friend. He insisted they'd just lie on the beach and relax. How could she know they'd been booked into a hotel for lovers . . . and a suite with one king-size bed?

Cyn vowed
Apr 08, 2010 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, audio-book, romance
This book was a cute book with the theme of be careful what you wish for. Cyn, a widow for 2 years, while eating breakfast with her son and mother made the off hand remark that she wished her life would become more exciting. That day after a bad day at work she stops by her best friend's house, also her dead husband's best friend, to vent and unload. Worth happens to have tickets to Mexico for the weekend, the woman he was supposed to go with had to cancel at the last minute. He managed to talk ...more
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