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Just the Way You Are
 
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Barbara Freethy
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A baby brought them together -- and even though Alli has always loved her strong, sexy husband Sam and the life they've made together, she's now decided to set him free to follow his youthful dreams. For although she worships Sam, it's no longer enough for her to be wife and lover when she knows she holds so little of his heart.

Sam has always dreamed of a life away from th...more
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Published November 1st 2000 by Turtleback Books
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♥~♥Geri is Mrs. Charlie Hunnam ♥~♥
This is one of my fave books evah, and it's currently free on Amazon!! http://www.amazon.com/Just-Way-You-Ba...

I wasn't supposed to read this book yet. God knows I have a lot of ARCs to get through and Just the Way You Are has been sitting around my Kindle for a while now. I think I got it for free a while back but I never got around to reading it until now. I wasn't really expecting anything. Barbara Freethy has been a hit or miss for me, so it came as a pleasant surprise how much I loved it. T...more
Nelly
Oh, good lord, how much stupid can you have in one book? This one was a freebie from ibooks and it's VERY easy to see why. I read about a quarter of it and then skimmed the rest. Anyone for a big, stinky ball of cheese?

This is a story about a bitch, who ruins the lives of others and then spends a decade bitching about it and whining and complaining and playing stupid mind games with her husband and sister all to feed in to her idiotic inferiority complex and low self esteem issues.

While the plot...more
Booklover
Awesome read,It was a wonderful uplifting heart warming story, this story is what happens after a moment that changes all 3 peoples's lives,their relations and how they cope with it

Allison and Tessa are sisters, only two years apart, whose parents were killed in an auto accident when they were still young. After the accident, the girls move to Tucker's Landing, a small town on the Oregon coast to live with their aunt Phoebe. And next door to Phoebe lives the town founders, including the proverb...more
Alisa
I liked this book way more than I thought I would! It was a pleasant surprise!

When Tessa's and Allie's parents die, they move to Tucker's Landing to be raised by their grandma, Phoebe. They both fall in love with the boy next door, Sam. He falls in love with Tessa, and they are inseparable. Not wanting to be left out, Allie tags along with them wherever they go. They both see Allie as an unwelcome pest.

When Sam and Tessa are 20 (and Allie is 18), Tessa leaves Sam at Christmastime for a modeling...more
Veeta
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Mitashi
5 sam - fucking - crazy stars ...!! :P

This book was awesome ...i loved every second of it ...i loved this kind of stories ...

this book is a story of hidden love ...

hero loves herione and herione loves hero ..but after a tragic accident he marries herione younger sister ... who loves the hero passionately ..but after 9 years of marriage the younger sister discover that the hero still loves her older sister ..and when the older sister re - enters into their lifes ...the events take place slowly .....more
Sassapphras
This book read well enough--it was quick and I got through it without many snags--however, it was way too sappy for me. Not only that, but three of the main characters (Alli, Sam, and Tessa) were honestly not very likeable people. Alli was a bitch, insecurities or not. Sam is a huge jerk, and I definitely think him and Alli deserve each other. And Tessa is a glutton for punishment. What either of the sisters saw in Sam is beyond me. Actually, the only person I really liked at all was Jimmy, and...more
Siddhee
Wow, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE is such a good book.

I liked all the main characters Alli, Sam, Tessa... each of them felt so real, and you could justify their behavior. Although at times, Sam seemed really annoying, I wanted to shake him up, but it all came together in the end and each one of them got their HEA.

Alli was strong, you could feel her sorrow and her longing for her husband's love. And when she finally accepts that it is finally time to let her husband go. Her hope that after she lets go o...more
Dinjolina
I was going from hot to cold and from tears to frowns reading this book.

Very rarely an author makes me root for the cheating couple. Almost never.
In this book,to my own surprise, I was all for the sister that married the all around wanted guy. Yes she 'stole' him from her sister. Yes, she had sex with him and got pregnant. Yes, yes yes... but it is just...lets face it. Sam and Tessa were over. He knew. That is why he wanted to ask her to marry him. And she knew she was leaving him when she went...more
Tina
I initially picked up this book because the premise seemed to promise a lot of drama.

The main character Allie was by far the best character in the book. She is the younger of two sisters. Her older sister Tessa is (in Allie's eyes) perfect. She's tall, thin and gorgeous. She is also the first love of Allie's husband Sam.

Allie is a wonderful contradiction and that is why i think she is a great character. On the one hand she is a go-getter. She is focused, a good mother, incredibly likeable -- sh...more
Joanne Clancy
Just the way you are" was an emotional read that brought a tear to my eye. I felt very sorry for Alli and the unconditional love that she gave her husband, Sam, for so long only to have him constantly reject her one way or another. He spends most of the novel behaving as if being married to her is a punishment to him and even though they have been married for years and have a beautiful daughter, he still doesn't appreciate his wife.
I was glad that Alli finally decided she'd had enough of beggin...more
Mom
Sam and Alli had to get married when she discovered she was pregnant. She had loved Sam ever since she and Tessa came to live with their grandmother, Phoebe, after an accident which took their mom and dad.
She always followed Sam and Tessa around.
When Tessa did not come home for Christmas but did a modeling job instead, that is when Sam and Alli got together.
Now they have an 8 year old daughter, Megan. Alli has started her own busines where her grandma owns part of it. Tessa has not been back hom...more
Julie Barrett
Just The Way You Are by Barbara Freethy
I love that this tale binds them together with pearls. They are my most favorite gem of all.
Tessa and Ali had come to the Oregon coast to live with their grandmother Phoebe when their parents had died. Alli ended up pregnant and Sam married her but he really wanted Tessa.
Around 9 years worth of marriage Alli got up the nerve to ask for a divorce as Sam left to live in his parents house and they retired to Arizona. They shared Megan.
When they learn of Phoebe...more
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The realism of these characters and their issues are what make this story so easy to follow and relate to. Most everyone is familiar with the pangs and consequences of jealousy, family drama, and young love. So, it is easy to follow along with the differing feelings of each of these characters, seeing how each person’s side of the story has a reason to fester and rot like an infected wound.

Ali’s inferiority with Tessa, and Tessa’s grudge with Ali are so sad because they remind readers, like myse...more
Terric853
While I found Alli, Sam and Tessa frustratingly immature at times, I liked this book and its exploration of sibling rivalry and marriage. Tessa has been raised to be a beauty queen and beomes asupermodel. Alli is two years younger and has always been the "ugly duckling." When they are 12 and 10, their parents are killed in an auto accident and they go to live with their grandmother, who happens to live next door to Sam's family. Sam and Tessa become fast friends and leave Alli feeling like the p...more
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Pam
Just the Way You Are is by Barbara Freethy. Barbara has come out with another smash hit. Family strife is the main theme and the solution is different.
Alli and Sam have been married for nine years. They have an eight year old daughter Megan. Alli has finally given up on Sam loving her and wants a divorce. She wants to be number one with her husband and she has always been number two. Nine years ago, Sam was going with Alli’s sister Tessa. In fact, he was going to ask her to marry him when she...more
Shinyfox
This book was just ok for me. I know that it depicted situations that do happen in 'real life' but I just couldn't love any of the characters. Sure I 'liked' some of them and Jimmy was my favorite of the ones I was shown. But none of the others endeared themselves to me. I couldn't handle Alli and her inability to actually sit down and just talk (she seems to have trust issues "If I told you ___ would you really believe me?" {she hesitates} "I didn't think so.") Alli is a, well I can't think of...more
Dalene
I read this book because it was a choice from my weekly Kindle Shelf feature. I have not read anything by this author before, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. If I could give the book a new title, I would call it My True Love.

This book kept the pace and was a quick read. Definitely a book you could read in a day if you had a few hours. I continually found myself wishing I was reading it instead of getting done what I needed to done.

This story revolves around seven characters: Alli, Tessa, Sam...more
Josee
It's hard to like a book when the only character you like is an 8 year old girl, but that's how it was with this book.

Background that you learn: Tessa and Alli are sisters, just a few years apart. They were best friends until they were young teenagers and moved in with their grandparents. There, Tessa met Sam Tucker and they became inseparable. Alli was the tagalong sister, always chasing after Tessa and Sam. But Tessa had a future in modeling and one weekend when she was was 20, she didn't com...more
Missy Bronkema
I read "Just the Way You Are" by Barbra Freethy. I chose this book when I first got my Kindle Fire. I was looking through the "free books" section and saw this one! I thought the cover looked interesting and the review sucked me in. This book was about a married couple who's names were Alli and Sam. They are filing for a divorce. Ever since Alli was a little girl, she was always in Tessa's shadow (her sister). Sam and Tessa we're dating before Tessa ditched him for a modeling job; that's when Al...more
Kim_bab
4,5 deh
a what sweet story <3 <3 ceritanya ringan, ya 11, 12 sama a whole new worldnya tante sandra

tokoh2 di sini manusiawi bgt, gak perfect kayak di novel2 lain.. kerennn

ada Alli yg meski heroinenya novel ini , menurutku karakternya nyebelin, pertama karena bisa dibilang dia dapetin Sam dengan cara "tidak halal " yaitu ngerebut cowok kakaknya, terus selalu merasa insecure sama tessa & sam,

Sam yg hero nya pun sebenernya bikin gregetan, bilangnya gak suka kangen sama Alli, tapi selalu...more
GW
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Betty
Allison was in love with her older sister's boyfriend. When her sister, Tessa, chose a modeling job over her boyfriend, Allison joined Sam at a local party. Sam and Allison had too much to drink at the party and later that night made love for the first time. When Allison told Sam that she was pregnant, he did the only thing that he could do. He married her. However, Sam held part of himself back because he loved Tessa and felt trapped in the marriage. Allison did everything that she could to ma...more
Krista
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Char (1RadReader59)
I so loved this book. The story was well worth reading. It is a love triangle between two sister that should have been resolved years ago but was not so the relationship goes by the way side. But their loving grandmother comes in & stirs the pot to make things happen & boy do they. I really enjoyed all the fun & sometime gut wrenching sadness that this story brings as well as some of the the "really?" Moments. This is a quick read but earned its stars.
Aliza
A story of sister rivalry, jealousy, love, parenting, family ....The grandmother was my favorite person in the story. The others seemed rather into themselves, but that is what the story is about....the ins and outs of family. Its a good read, a bit long, tedious. WOuld I recommend it? No
WOuld I read it again? Definitely no.
The best part is that it was my first book on my new KINDLE!!!
Alexis-Morgan Roark
My question is: did they really cheat? That part was confusing to me. Maybe I need to read it again. I liked this story of love, betrayal, redemption, and finding love again. I enjoyed the realness of the characters, the situations, the storyline.

This was one cheating book that tugged at my heartstrings but didn't leave me emotionally raw and feeling icky as some other books.
Jamie Raintree
I loved this book! I loved it so much I don't even know what to say. The characters were so easy to relate to--at times, uncomfortably so. I felt like I learned about myself as I read it. At times I wanted to cry and at others I was so happy but all the way through, I saw truth. This book was beautiful and perfect and I'm a fan of Freethy for life.
Kaycee Sapinoso
WOW. I don't know what to say. I'm beyond moved. Just the Way You Are was such heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and wonderful story. I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss this!

Let these gifs tell you how I felt after reading it.


IT MADE ME CRY..


THEY BROKE MY HEART...


CHEERED FOR THEM...

AND FINALLY...



MADE ME HAPPY FOR HAVING A VERY SATISFYING HAPPY EVER AFTER! :)
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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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