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A Charmed Place

"Buy this book! A truly fantastic read!"
--Suzanne Barr, Gulf Coast Woman

From USA TODAY bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg comes an original and wonderfully romantic story of star-crossed lovers who have been apart for twenty years and who rediscover one another in an idyllic coastal village on Cape Cod.

A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE. It's a deep, aching need for anyone whose heart has ever been broken. Maddie Regan and Dan Hawke were college lovers who were compelled to go separate ways after a horrific event for which Dan was blamed. She settled down and raised a family; he roamed the planet as a war correspondent. But a near death experience brings Dan in search of the only woman he has ever loved. His plan to win Maddie is simple:  take up residence in a lighthouse just a stone's throw from her family's summer home, and then make her fall back in love with him. He knows her family will object and suspects that her daughter might; but he refuses to believe that Maddie herself -- the woman who has haunted his dreams for two decades -- can be any less in love with him than he is with her.

It's not that simple for Maddie. She has a jealous ex-husband to deal with ... a feisty, resentful teenager ... a widowed mother unable to emerge from mourning ... and the ongoing heartbreak of her father's unsolved murder. Is it possible to throw all of that aside for the chance to be happy?

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Reviews for Antoinette Stockenberg's A CHARMED PLACE

" One of the season's most refreshing stories. Not too many authors come up with something so exciting and new, but Antoinette Stockenberg has. This wonderful plot gives the reader a love story about two people who had lost each other for 20 years ... and embroiders the tale with a mystery. What fun to read! Totally different ... colorful and extremely visual descriptions make this book come to life. I could see the ocean and smell the salty sea air ... the story flows ... hard to put down ... it's a keeper, readers!"
Laurel Main,
Romance Communications online
awarded Romance Communications Reviewers' award
nominated for their Readers' Award

"A CHARMED PLACE is a captivating mixture of mystery and romance with characters that seem so real they jump off the pages. Stockenberg is adept at capturing family relationships and conveying a real sense of the characters' feelings and motiviations. An intriguing and passionate tale which will have readers longing for the next Stockenberg novel."
Writers Write website

" With each book she writes, [Stockenberg's] style and writing become even more gripping, her characters more complex ... A CHARMED PLACE has easily earned a place on my keeper shelf. Do yourself a favor -- read A CHARMED PLACE!"
One Magical Kiss (Daphne's Dream) website

"A truly charming contemporary romance [with an] uplifting theme that second chances at love are possible ... an absorbing, highly engaging read ... dialogue [that is] clever and realistic ... the Cape Cod setting is vividly evoked ... secondary characters add great color .... Ms. Stockenberg is a gifted prose stylist. She makes us care about the characters. The fairly explicit love scenes are not only passionate, but also tender. I will be on the lookout for other Stockenberg works. "
Lucy Shigemitsu,
Regency World

" Pure Stockenberg. The author captures the flavor of New England life along with great family dynamics. The love story between Dan and Maddie gives hope for anyone who dreams of their first love. "
Monica's Muse,
Interludes

"A Charmed Place allows [Stockenberg's] considerable talents to truly shine ... almost perfect ... a well-rounded, believable, entertaining and moving romance [with] an intellectually challenging mystery... a real story about real people whom readers will deeply care about. "
Kristi Lyn Glass, editor
Gothic Journal

"A glorious novel ... Ms. Stockenberg takes her place alongside LaVyrle Spencer as a writer of depth and perception. If you read no other book this year, A CHARMED PLACE is my recommendation."Very Highly Recommended
Kathee S. Card
Under the Covers Book Reviews

"Every sentence builds the tension as the protagonists try to find their way back to each other and Maddie tries to protect her daughter ... [a] superb story."
Rendezvous

"Buy this book! A truly fantastic summer read!"
Suzanne Barr
Gulf Coast Woman

"A CHARMED PLACE is a great read, filled with extraordinary characters, compelling subplots, long-buried secrets, and a hero who is strong, tender, and irresistible."
B. Dalton's Heart to Heart

"Ms. Stockenberg writes with the wisdom and grace of the ageless to create a beautiful story in this intricately woven suspense. I love everything she creates. Splendid!"
Donita Lawrence
Bell, Book and Candle

"A CHARMED PLACE is a major achievement for Ms. Stockenberg, proving that she is a writer of immense talent."Very Highly Recommended
Wayne Adrian Jordan
Under the Covers Book Reviews

"Award-winning author Antoinette Stockenberg takes a dramatic turn in her new mainstream release. Passion, love, hatred and deceit all collide with unexpected force in the powerful and expressive A CHARMED PLACE."
Romantic Times Magazine

"The author has a very witty writing style and wonderfully drawn characters ... [get] to know these characters and the obstacles they overcome."
Margaret Ohmes
Old Book Barn Gazette