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The Real Thing (Victoria Lesser #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  299 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
They were complete strangers searching for the same thing - solitude. But thanks to a matchmaking friend, Deirdre Joyce and Neil Hersey found themselves stranded on an island off the coast of Maine. Forced to coexist, they discovered there was no escaping the inevitable - irresistible attraction and a desire so powerful that the idea of living alone again was unimaginable.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Mira (first published November 1st 1986)
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Julie Barrett
Nov 05, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Trust by Barbara Delinsky
Two books by the same author:
The Real Thing
Deidre a dancer.
Neil a lawyer.
Both need time alone as work has gotten to them. They each contact Victoria and she tells them separately that they can use the Maine island for a week.
They both arrive and meet up with the boat captain who will take them to the island. He leaves them at the dock with food. They have nothing in common
and don't get along. Because of her broken leg and his extra long body they both must sleep in the l
Apr 12, 2014 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Victoria Lesser Matchmaker series. It was not my favorite even though I tried to remember that it was written in the 80's and romance novels were very different back then.

Aerobics instructor Deirdre Joyce escapes to a remote island off the coast of Maine to recover from a broken leg and avoid her family as they pressure her to take over the family business. Neil Darcy also escapes to the island after blowing the whistle on his employer, which backfires on him and destro
Jul 03, 2016 Gwen rated it it was ok
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Feb 04, 2014 Kendra rated it liked it
I love Barbara Delinsky. Her books are a guilty pleasure that I thoroughly enjoy. The story lines are often cheesy, the love scenes somewhat hot yet awkward, and the characters always fall in love within a very short timeframe. Yet, it doesn't bother me because I'm not reading to have my mind stretched or to be left thinking about the story hours after I'm finished reading. I read her books because they're the perfect escape from the tedium of life. While I highly doubt I'll ever give one of her ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True love

Fantastic! I used whisper sync and enjoyed the story very much. All the characters werewolf defined. I can't wait to read the remaining books in the trilogy.
Pauline Nunes
Jul 25, 2015 Pauline Nunes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great love story

Fairly predictable from the beginning. Two desperate people despising each other and then a complete turnabout. I've seen it many times over.
Patricia Newman
Jul 30, 2015 Patricia Newman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

This is a great book for a rainy day. Will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Highly recommend the read.
Sep 05, 2015 Edie rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-on-cd, in-my-car
Ok. Really don't know why I kept on listening to it. Some of the plot was not plausible...but interesting enough to push through to the end. Typical modern happens before love or marriage.
Jan 19, 2015 Sharon rated it it was ok
Not as good as most of hers. I like the later books better.
Laura Fultz
Mar 07, 2015 Laura Fultz rated it it was ok
Read for my Romance selection for LIS 528.
Jessie Lalande
Nov 24, 2015 Jessie Lalande rated it liked it
Cute. Easy read.
Barbara Gard
nice story
Jul 25, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
This is 80's category romance at its best. The 'career-woman' heroine is an aerobics instructor. I'm rereading all of Barbara Delinsky's backlist right now.
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Read 11/00
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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two sk ...more
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