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Cry of the Loon
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Publisher:  Fireside Publicatins ISBN-10:  1935517562 Type: 


Copyright:  October 10, 2010 ISBN-13:  9781935517566

Megan comes home to upstate NY to continue her law career and to find love, marriage and a family. She finds her past love interest involved with another woman, a con man threatening her sister and her brother-in-law, and a charismatic stranger in town.

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Successful attorney Megan Kearney leaves Philadelphia to return to her home on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The press of success has left little time for a personal life and she wants in addition to a career to fall in love, marry and raise a family near her own family of Sarah and Brian, her parents and retired college professors, and her sister Pat and brother-in-law Dave.

Her former law partner, Charlie welcomes her with open arms, but the man she had enjoyed a budding romance with before she left, Professor Eric Waterman is fast becoming involved with Ellen Foster a self-absorbed wealthy widow.

She meets and is charmed by a newcomer to the town Steve Warner who pursues her; although to the chagrin of both Ellen and Steve , Megan and Eric continue their platonic friendship.

George, Dave's scoundrel brother has also returned to town and is threating to ruin Pat's husband Dave's career, just as Pat has discovered she is pregnant. 

The story plays itself out on the banks of the river where can be heard the call of the loons. Conflict, heartbreak and suspense follow Megan and her family through the pages of the novel. 


Over the last months, he had contented himself with holding her hand or putting a protecive arm around her as he walked her to his car. Occasionally, he kissed her on the cheek or forehead, but he had held his passion in check. Tonight, he pulled her to him and kissed her hard, his mouth exploring hers, as his hands explored her body with longing.

"George seems to have turned out okay," Charlie said maneuvering his SUV around the curves of River Road.(Author's note:Driving home from the Fourth of July picnic) "I didn't really know him, but I remember he was pretty wild before he left for California."
"There's one way he hasn't changed," Jean said. "Did you see how he homed in on Ellen?"
"Homed in on her? Isn't that a little exaggerated? I saw them talking together after Jack relieved me at the grill, but I wouldn't call that 'homing in'."
"Men! You never notice anything. Of course he was homing in and he'd better home out I'm just beginning to succeed in getting Eric interested in Ellen and I don't need George moving in and ruining all my hard work."
Charlie expelled his breath sharply. "I've warned you not to meddle, Jeannie. Over and over, I've warned you. Eric is a grown man. He can handle his own love life and he's my friend. Your meddling could ruin a good friendship."
"Oh, beans! I'm not ging to ruin anything. What I want to do is help. He's still so bitter over his lousy marriage that he won't make a move toward Ellen or any other woman without a little prodding."
"If he's bitter, that's his business."
"For crying out loud, Charlie, it's been years since his divorce. It's time he got over it."
"It seems to me I remember his dating Megan before she moved to Phildelphia."
"Yes. Amd that just sent him into his shell again. Now, with a little help from me, he's finlly begun to date Ellen and I'm sure the relationship will grow if they're left alone."
"It will if you have anything to do with it, though I'm sure I don't call that 'leaving them alone'."
"All I have to say on the subject is that I'll ring George's neck if he messes up my plans."
"I wish that was all you're going to have to say," Charlie muttered.

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