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Ryan's return
Freethy, Barbara.
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New York : Avon Books, [1996]

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374 pages ; 18 cm
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Famous photojournalist Ryan Hunter has come back to a family torn apart by mistrust and resentment'to the father who disowned him, to the brother who betrayed him, to the little bou who shares his features. Ryan, the charismatic "bad boy" son, has returned'stirring up past conflicts like a whirlwind . . . and throwing Kara Delaney's fragile, passionate heart into turmoil.. . . and love is WaitingKara has struggled back from a disastrous marriage to build a new life for herself and her little girl--a peaceful existence now jeopardized by vicious, smalltown politics, by her daughter's fanciful ghost stories... and by Ryan's return. Now nature's impending fury threatens to expose long-buried secrets. And Kara must join with the enigmatic, misunderstood Ryan-to discover the truth that will save their families ... and to explore a dangerous, irresistible love as mighty and enduring as the onrushing river.

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Barbara Freethy is a former public relations professional and freelance business writer. She writes books about love and family with a little bit of magic. Her first novel for Avon Books, Daniel's Gift, was a touching story about a little boy and his estranged parents; it won a RITA award and has been optioned for a television movie. She has also written the series Taken, Angel's Bay, Callaways, Wish and Lightning Strikes. Her additional novels include: The Sweetest Thing, Love Will Find a Way, Silent Run, Silent Fall, and Once You're Mine.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Hoping to draw tourists to Serenity Springs' Centennial Celebration and boost the town's economy, chamber of commerce president Kara Delaney invites a famous former resident, photo-journalist Ryan Hunter, to be the guest of honor. But Ryan was something of a black sheep, and Kara's grand plan sours when Ryan's father threatens to boycott the festivities and torrential rains pelt the town. As Kara's Aunt Josephine says: "When the river rises, the secrets of years past are washed ashore and brought to life." The town's secrets are the fiber that holds this tale together: What happened to Ryan's mother when she deserted her two young sons? Is Ryan the real father of his brother's child? Whose ghost is trying to communicate with Kara's 11-year-old daughter? Freethy (Daniel's Gift) delivers strong, compelling narrative but her characters are more suited to soaps. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved