Strangers Like Us

Reunion Gap

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Mary Campisi Books, LLC
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Bestselling author Mary Campisi takes readers back to small-town life in Strangers Like Us, Book One of the Reunion Gap series. This small town is loaded with secrets and lies and doesn’t open up to strangers or wayward drifters. The reason is simple. Years ago, many of the residents were swindled out of their life savings by the smooth-talking stranger they trusted.

So, what happens when a beautiful woman arrives in Reunion Gap, bent on helping the town and those in need? Well, a person can only fight the laws of attraction so long…and good deeds should not go unnoticed, should they?

When the son of the man who lost everything falls in love with the daughter of the man who stole it all, there can only be heartache ahead when she’s exposed. And she will be exposed. It’s only a matter of time, and no matter how good her intentions, heartache is coming.

Will forgiveness and redemption follow?

Stay tuned! It’s going to get very interesting.


And for A Family Affair fans, remember the private investigator Lester Conroy? He’s promised Mimi Pendergrass he’ll find out what happened to her daughter. Guess what? The trail leads him to Reunion Gap!


Reunion Gap series:

Book 0: Christmas in Reunion Gap, a novelette

Book 1:  Strangers Like Us

Book 2:  Liars Like Us

Book 3:  Lovers Like Us

More to come!


BONUS MATERIAL:  Included with this e-book is the first chapter of Liars Like Us, Book Two in this series.

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About the author

Mary Campisi writes emotion-packed books about second chances. Whether contemporary romances, women's fiction, or Regency historicals, her books all center on belief in the beauty of that second chance. Her small town romances center around family life, friendship, and forgiveness as they explore the issues of today’s contemporary women.

Mary should have known she'd become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.

When she's not working on her craft or following the lives of five adult children, Mary's digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her rescue lab mix, Cooper, or, on the perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own hero/husband on his Harley Ultra Limited.

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Mary Campisi Books, LLC
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Jun 13, 2017
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781942158332
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
Family & Relationships / Parenting / Stepparenting
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Sagas
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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What happens when destiny ignores the rules?

Tate Alexander has the good luck to be born with looks and charm, and the bad luck to belong to a family where money and power mean more than honor and integrity. When he returns to Reunion Gap to take over his father’s company, he’s determined to uncover and right the wrongs his father committed. He’s also determined to win over Charlotte Donovan, the woman who’s stolen his heart. But she’s not impressed with his looks or charm, a small detail he doesn’t intend to let stop him. And while the rest of the town acknowledges and respects the longstanding Alexander-Donovan feud that has pitted the families against one another for generations, Tate ignores it in his quest to convince Charlotte they belong together.

Charlotte Donovan is big on causes and vows no man will ever “own” her, especially a playboy who can’t commit to a vehicle, let alone a woman. There’s only one problem: her heart isn’t listening to her brain. In fact, her heart is doing its darnedest to overpower her brain, as in snuffing out logic and common sense. The only way to battle it is to create a web of lies that begin and end with one goal—keep Tate Alexander believing she doesn’t care about him.

When the lies catch up with her, it’s not going to be easy for a man like Tate to forgive the woman who betrayed his trust. Will it be too late for them or can destiny step in once again and give them a chance at happiness?

The saga continues…stay tuned!

Reunion Gap series:

Book Zero: Christmas in Reunion Gap, a holiday novelette

Book One: Strangers Like Us

Book Two: Liars Like Us

Book Three: Lovers Like Us

more to come

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get that second chance – in life and in love.  That Second Chance Series are stand-alone stories of strong women who battle heartache and loss with a courage and determination to find new paths and true love.  What ties them together? A common theme: belief in the beauty of that second chance. The Butterfly Garden is Book Six of That Second Chance Series.
Sometimes love happens when you least expect it…
Jenny Romano has never been a white-picket-fence, happily-ever-after girl. Despite a mother who rejected her free-spirited, unique ways as irresponsible and just plain wrong, Jenny has found happiness as a photographer, flitting around the country and snapping photos of other people’s lives. Her older sister, Grace, has a husband, children, and a carpool schedule. She’s the one their mother calls “perfect.” 
But when tragedy strikes her sister’s carefully constructed life, Jenny must step in and help. Soon, she’s knee-deep in small-town, suburban life, the kind she’s always avoided…
Psychologist Elliot Drake spends so much time healing other people’s pain that he prefers to keep his own relationships short and uncomplicated. He’s loved and lost once and with a young daughter to raise, he’s not willing to risk his heart again. Of course, he’s never met anyone quite like Jenny. Outrageous and unpredictable, she’s nothing like her well-controlled older sister. And the more he’s around Jenny, the more he wonders if short-term is really what he wants…
Elliot and Jenny are about to discover that real life happens whether you want it to or not. Will they let real love happen, too?
That Second Chance Series:Book One: Pulling Home (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter)Book Four: Paradise FoundBook Five: Not Your Everyday HousewifeBook Six: The Butterfly Garden
Heartache. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Redemption... It's time to head back to Magdalena, New York, and spend a little time with the people we love to love and even a few we love to hate.

 

He’s lost his fortune… She’s nursing a broken heart…When fate steps in, will love prevail?

 

Pete Finnegan had it all—money, power, status, a future wife, until he lost it all in one huge financial “gamble.” Now he’s back in his hometown of Magdalena, trying to figure out what to do with his life. When Nate Desantro offers him a job fixing up a cabin one hundred miles away, he jumps at the opportunity. Peace and solitude in the woods away from busybodies and do-gooders is exactly what he needs to contemplate his future.

But Pete doesn’t expect to find a beautiful woman staying at the cabin.

Elissa Cerdi has escaped to the Blacksworth cabin to heal her broken heart. As Gloria Blacksworth’s former caregiver, she’s agreed to honor the dead woman’s last request by mailing letters to select residents of Magdalena. When Elissa meets Pete, she doesn’t know he has ties to Magdalena, and she certainly doesn’t know the final letter she plans to mail is about his father.

Pete and Elissa are both in need of healing and maybe that’s why they agree to shut down the outside world and pretend nothing exists but what’s inside the cabin. Could that also be why they’re able to open up to one another, talk about disappointments, hurts, betrayals, and hopes?

Because it’s all pretend?

Is that why passion consumes them, burns them with a need they’ve never felt before?

Is it so powerful because it isn’t real?

Except it is.

When Pete uncovers the truth about Elissa’s part in Gloria Blacksworth’s cruel scheme for vengeance, he feels betrayed and questions everything that happened in the cabin. As weeks pass and the couple forge separate lives, Pete must decide if he can open his heart once again to forgiveness and love.

 

Note: Gloria Blacksworth’s letters aren’t the only ones floating around Magdalena. When Nate and Christine Desantro visit the cabin, they discover six letters written by Charles Blacksworth that could change lives forever. Now they must decide what to do with them. Stay tuned!

 

Truth in Lies Series:

Book One: A Family Affair

Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring

Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer

Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall

Book Five: A Family Affair: Christmas, a novella

Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter

Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise

Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret

Book Nine: A Family Affair: The Wish

Book Ten: A Family Affair: The Gift

Book Eleven: A Family Affair: The Weddings, a novella

Book Twelve: A Family Affair: The Cabin, a novella

Book Thirteen: A Family Affair: The Return

Book Fourteen: A Family Affair: to be determined…

 

If you love to read about second chances, don’t miss:

That Second Chance Series:

Book One: Pulling Home (also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)

Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)

Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter)

Book Four: Paradise Found (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Wish)

Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Gift)

Book Six: The Butterfly Garden (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Return)


Thank you for your interest in A Family Affair: The Cabin. If you’d like to be notified of my new releases, please sign up at my website: http://www.marycampisi.com

 Heartache. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Redemption... It's time to head back to Magdalena, New York, and spend a little time with the people we love to love and even a few we love to hate. 


Roman Ventori isn’t looking for a wife. He’s had one of those and it ended badly. He’s come back to Magdalena out of duty, not love for the town that drove him away with rumors and judgments. 

Angie Sorrento is in Magdalena to do a job, not find a husband. She almost had one of those, until he dumped her days before the wedding. 

Roman’s father has health problems and his last wish is to see his son settled with a wife, a child, a second chance at a life that doesn’t include city life and flashy women. There’s only one person in town who can make the impossible happen. Angelo “Pop” Benito, the Godfather of Magdalena, is the wiliest matchmaker in the Catskills and if he sets his mind to it, an old man might see his wish come true. 

Oh, and remember Gloria Blacksworth’s notebook, the one filled with enough destruction to bring down Magdalena? Well, it’s causing trouble again, and this time the target is Miriam Desantro… Pop’s going to try to intervene, but he might be too late… 

Truth In Lies Series: 
Book One: A Family Affair 
Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring 
Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer 
Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall 
Book Five: A Family Affair: Christmas, a novella 
Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter 
Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise 
Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret 
Book Nine: A Family Affair: The Wish 

Book Ten: A Family Affair: The Gift

If you love to read about second chances, don’t miss: 
That Second Chance Series: 
Book One: Pulling Home – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise) 
Book Two: The Way They Were – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret) 
Book Three: Simple Riches – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter) 
Book Four: Paradise Found – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Wish) 
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife – Friends, do-overs, and living large. 
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden – Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.

BONUS MATERIAL: Included with this e-book is an excerpt from the next book in this series...A Family Affair: The Wish.

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get that second chance – in life and in love. That Second Chance Series are stand-alone stories of strong women who battle heartache and loss with a courage and determination to find new paths and true love. What ties them together? A common theme: belief in the beauty of that second chance.

Pulling Home is Book One of That Second Chance Series. It is also the prequel to Mary’s bestselling family saga, A Family Affair: The Promise, Truth in Lies, Book Seven. 

She'll risk anything to save her child...even the truth.

It's taken nine years and a cross-country move, but Audra Valentine Wheyton has kept her secrets safe. She's created the perfect life: a husband who loves her, a daughter she adores, and a position as head writer for an award-winning daytime soap. When her husband dies suddenly, Audra returns to her hometown for the funeral and faces a community that has not forgotten her meager beginnings and the man who has never forgiven her for marrying his brother.

Jack Wheyton is a successful pediatric neurosurgeon who is about to become engaged when Audra walks back into his life with her daughter. He forgave his brother long ago for taking something that had been his, something he hadn't even realized he wanted until it was gone. But forgiving Audra is another story...and forgetting her? Near impossible.

When a shattering illness strikes Audra's daughter, she turns to Jack to save her child and risks exposing a secret that will change their lives forever.

That Second Chance Series:
Book One: Pulling Home (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)
Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)
Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter)
Book Four: Paradise Found
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden
Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get that second chance – in life and in love. That Second Chance Series are stand-alone stories of strong women who battle heartache and loss with a courage and determination to find new paths and true love. What ties them together? A common theme: belief in the beauty of that second chance.

The Way They Were is Book Two of That Second Chance Series. It is also the prequel to Mary’s bestselling family saga, A Family Affair: The Secret, Truth in Lies, Book Eight.

They promised to love one another forever, but tragedy tore them apart. Now, destiny may just bring them back together.

At eighteen, Rourke Flannigan and Kate Redmond thought they’d spend the rest of their lives together—until a family tragedy tore them apart. Fourteen years have passed, and they’ve both carved out separate lives hundreds of miles apart—hers as a wife and mother, his as a successful, driven businessman. But once a year, Kate pulls out a red velvet journal and writes a letter, which she’ll never send, to the man who still owns her heart. Once a year, on the anniversary of the first and only night they made love, Rourke permits himself to read the annual investigative report detailing an ordinary day in Kate’s life.

When a subcontractor at one of Rourke’s holding companies is killed, Rourke decides to pay the widow a visit and offer condolences, never dreaming the widow will be Kate. As they embark on a cautious journey of rediscovery, one far greater than they could have imagined, secrets and lies threaten to destroy their newfound closeness—forever.

That Second Chance Series:
Book One: Pulling Home (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)
Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)
Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter)
Book Four: Paradise Found
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden
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