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Reckless YouthIn her impetuous summer of love, Jenny St. Claire found Luke Sheridan--her dashing knight in intern's scrubs. But as a fast-track future and rigid, ambitious parents drove passion out of Luke's life. And the summer ended, leaving Jenny with a broken heart...and a beautiful son, Danny, to help mend it.

Love Reclaimed

Years later it is tragedy that reunited them-
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Avon
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Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Did not finish

Awful plot and unsympathetic characters! I was so disgusted by all the melodrama and pathetic characters in this book. It got to the point where I couldn't bring myself to finish the last few chapters of this story.

The hero is selfish, egotistical, and a poor excuse of a man. He gets the heroine pregnant right before heading off to college, tells her his goals are more important, and gives her $500 for an abortion. Wow! What a keeper. Not! Fast forward 13 years and he's become a ri
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Booklover
ohh dear another disappointed book,i was dying to read this one also but again i was so so disappointed by it

the story is actually good a kid Danny wants to know his father and goes to meet him and gets hit by a car and that brings his mother-father face-to-face after 13 years and from there starts the journey of past n present,realising their mistakes the decisions that cost them so much and finally making a way to get their HEA

I did'nt liked the hero Luke at all,he is too much of a coward,his
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Tia
What a horrible book! I couldn't understand why the book was so based on god and angels and crap like that. It was bullshit. The characters were selfish. What a waste of good paper.
Mum
A cross between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Angels in the Outfield." Everything was a one dimensional cliche. Trite, poorly done. I never felt like the author understood or could relate to the characters she created. It read as if the author were gossiping at a party, rather than relating to the meaning/confusion of the characters' tale.
Diana
This is the worst romance I've ever read. Bad plotting, bad writing, cliched, cardboard stereotypical characters, and a ridiculous ghost. Be warned: Freethy preaches against the evils of abortion with an extremely heavy hand. This is an anti-abortion screed thinly disguised as a romance novel.
Aarann
Minor spoilers ahead:

This book left me with mixed feelings. As I'm writing this, I'm currently a little over halfway through, and I'm getting progressively more irritated with the message the author seems to be attempting to send regarding Jenny. Without going into too much detail (and if you have read the back of the book, I'm not spoiling anything), when Danny goes into the coma, his guardian angel tells him from the beginning that Danny, his mother Jenny, and his father, Luke, all have things
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Leona
Oh boy, what can I say. If this is a romance than it fails miserably because I couldn't see where any of the characters loved anyone but themselves.

Luke Sheridan and Jenny St. Claire share a passionate summer that ends disastrously when Jenny tells Luke she is pregnant. Luke was only looking for a casual fling before he headed off to medical school and a successful future that his parents had carefully carved out for him. So he gives Jenny $500 for an abortion and tells her to get lost. He foll
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C.G.
This was my first e-book and even though I had a good idea what it was going to be like, I decided to spring $3.99) for it. I'm glad I didn't pay for a hard copy as it's one that I wouldn't re-read, but it was a fast, easy, predictable read. I found the characters - especially Jennie - to be inconsistent. For days she won't leave her son's side and then once Luke starts to 'court' her, they're off touring the countryside and playing on the beach.

I love a good romance and am a sucker for happy en
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Nenette
I had a good cry over this book and I like it. I've been tensed in the past couple of days before I finished this book, and crying was a good reliever.

The story is a testament to faith: as tragic as events and circumstances could turn, everything happens for a reason. It also presents the two kinds of persona in the subject of love and sacrifice: one who is willing to fight for what/who he loves and make sacrifices for it; and another who can't think beyond one's self. The latter leads one to do
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Pam
Daniel’s Gift is by Barbara Freethy. It deals with a belief that there is a Heaven and a God and Guardian Angels. Whether or not you believe is not the question; but whether or not Danny does. It is an excellent book.
Danny St. Claire is upset with his mother, Jenny. He wants to know about his father and she does not want to tell him. In fact, she wishes she had told him he was dead. However, Danny keeps on talking about his father. One day, Danny runs away. He heads to his father’s home. Jenny
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A. R.
It was okay is about the best I can offer this romance. I felt as if I were reading a rendition of "It's a Wonderful Life" without the charm or likability of the original.

Characters were mundane. Not well enough developed that you cared about their outcome. The ghost was ridiculous (and while an intelligent reader could figure out who the ghost was supposed to be, it still would have been nice at some point for it to be confirmed) and his antics lame. The parents were one dimensional, the suppor
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Stephanie
The book will hook you from beginning to end. You could feel and picture the characters actions and feelings. It told a great story of a mothers bond to her child. And it was filled with romance as well. It also send a message. Enjoy life each and everyday and no matter how old you always find your true love, I highly recommend this book!
Christina
I had a hard time connecting with this one. I wish the boy would have been more involved in his parents getting back together, instead of his "spirit" or whatever influencing their motions.

The ending was touching, though.
Kim Beck
This book is yet another example of the excellent work that this author brings to her readers. I loved that it didn't focus just on two main characters you got to see how all the characters attempt to make a change...makes you love the St. Claire family all the more. So Daniel as always wanted to meet his dad, and when he does it doesn't end exactly as planned on a lone foggy road in California...this book follows along with him making a life changing story and how it affects everyone. Along wit ...more
Laura
Always a little iffy when Freethy goes paranormal because I never expect it, but a very touching story with a plethora of character types and relationship roles. Definitely felt like early writing because though there is a vast depth and realism to each character, I feel like the amount of time spent with interesting relationships and dynamics wasn't sufficient to sate reader curiosity nor explore the intricacies of individuals as much as is done in her later works. Moved as a parent, wife, daug ...more
Connie
Wow!!!! First of all I have to say I have loved all of Barbara Freethy's books. But this one I could not put down!!! I loved the h/h, Luke and Jenny, but I fell in love with all the characters. I'm routing for Luke and Jenny to get together, for Merrilee and Richard to work out their marriage, for Matt to quit drinking but mostly for Daniel to live! Very emotional book, at times it was heartbreaking, heart wrenching, funny, romantic, sexy, scary, you feel about every emotion reading this book. C ...more
Tanya Mcfarland
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Jennifer Hess
I wanted to love it

I really liked where the book was going in the beginning, I liked the story line, the character building, but wasn't expecting the 'made for tv' feel of Jacob and the exchanges between Danny and his father. Not because I don't believe in that stuff, but I felt it gave the storyline a little cheesiness when I really just wanted more focus on the backstory and characters. Still a feel good book and I liked the relationship development between Jenny and Luke.
Laura-Jane Barber
I follow @NookBN on Twitter and the other day it mentioned that Daniel's Gift by Barbara Freethy was only $2.99. Of course I jumped at the chance for cheap chick-lit. Of course, cheap in a Nook Book often means typos which did get a bit annoying as I read.

This book is the story of a tragedy that reunites former lovers. It is akin to a Nicholas Sparks novel though not as sophisticated or well-written. I cried my way through the entire book and could not help but put myself in the heroine's shoes.
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Shelley
This was an excellent book. I would definitely recommend it to anybody who would ask me. It was a heartfelt book that was more than just a romance. It also had a mystery in it as well. The primary characters in were very well rounded and intense and their story brought tears to my eyes.The secondary characters in it were very well done and the relationships there were well done and the story arcs there to kept you from getting bored at all in this book. The supernatural element of angels and God ...more
Sherry Vitaniemi
Kids love

Wow. this was a story that everyone should read. I some how was able to read it without losing it crying. Both of my kids should really read it. This is really not about any one person but the whole family finding there way back to each other. Danny really gave everyone he really loved a chance to change things. A really great story.
Shannon Riley
Heartbreaking

Heartbreaking

This book took me thru every emotion. I wanted to scream at the wrongs, the stubbornness and the unfairness. Instead I was drawn in and held captive. This was one of the hardest books I have read. It ripped me to the core. But what a trip it was. Love and anguish in its purest form
suzi
It is about Daniel (obviously) and his desire to see his father who is not married to his mother. :P It was okay. I just thought that it was a bit over the top at times. You see, there are angels and sort-of-ghosts and making love on the beach and kissing in crowded places... the works! I can imagine this as a movie.
Fatima McKindra
This was hands down one of the saddest books I've ever read. I was in tears -literally- for 90% of the story...I can't even comment on the plot or characters or romance because seriously it was just so unbelievably sad!! Read at your own risk...
Gitte Collins
Good book

I enjoyed book very much. It was emotional. I don't know if I believe in miracles very much,
but I have heard that power of prayer. Parts of book were a little bit implausible to me, but all in l it was a good read and worth checking out.
Chris
Excellent book. A real tear jerker. I don't understand why so many others gave low ratings. I really enjoyed this sweet heartfelt story. It was a romance but so much more than just a romance, it was the story of a whole family. Loved it.
Nancy Brooks
I was able to get a special Kindle price for this through Barbara's Facebook notification. I began it and could not stop reading until I was finished...minus a recharge period.
It is a moving story and I recommend reading it.
Imaginereader
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HK
In Japanese, その愛に守られて(二見文庫 ザ・ミステリ・コレクション)嵯峨 静江 her translation was good. Jenny St. Claire found Luke Sheridan after 12 years and with a son she did not tell him about. Just kisses. But the story was heartwarming and good paced. Liked it!
Karen
Not an uninspiring story sitting vigil for a comma patient. Those closest to the family reflect & start to clean up their lives & cut deadwood.
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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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