Barbary Point

Adult
Rated 4.11/5 based on 12 reviews
Kelly English flies back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin
to close out her father’s estate and unexpectedly falls in love with a fishing guide. More

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About Alan Nayes

I live in Southern California but still consider myself part Texan by birthright. I was born in Houston and grew up in Dallas. I’ve resided in California since the mid 1980’s but get back to Texas as much as possible. My first two published novels—GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL are biomedical thrillers. Actually THE UNNATURAL could also fall into the horror genre as it is a pretty bizarre tale. BARBARY POINT is a love story about a successful young woman who falls in love with a fishing guide. It was written on a suggestion from a former agent.

I have several other projects in the works. HEMLOCK POND is a horror story about a young woman and her son who move into a farmhouse with a haunted pond.

GIRL BLUE, another pretty bizarre story, is about a world renowned sculptor who becomes haunted by his last work. Oh did I mention the sculptor is terminally ill?

SMILODON is the story of a huge cat that terrorizes a small town in the majestic Pacific Northwest. This one will grab you and not let go—yeah, that sounds like a cat.

PLAGUE is the riveting sequel to GARGOYLES. Fasten your seat belts, close your eyes and pray like hell because the world as we know it is coming to an end.

My favorite football team is the Superbowl champs GREEN BAY PACKERS. Sorry Cowboys. But when GB is not on the gridiron—Go Dallas! Great Cheerleaders, too!

I enjoy the outdoors and as a side note I’m one of only a few individuals to ever swim across Wisconsin’s chilly Lake Winnebago. Does this make me a better writer—probably not.

When I’m not working on my next project, I enjoy relaxing and fishing at our family vacation home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Reviews

Review by: rhonda laney on Oct. 29, 2011 :
4 Stars story 5 Stars on emotions

This is the second book I have read today this was shorter, simpler but I cried a lot of tears reading this story. I was definetly connected to this story.

Kelly was very sucessful and happy with her life. She was manager of Magazine and engaged to the Owner. Then she got a call that her dad had died and left everything to her. Kelly had not seen her father or heard from him since she was three.

Kelly flies into town plans to sign papers and leave that same weekend but she found out a little about her dad and somethings about herself.

Like I said its short only 130 pages but it packs a punch, Its romance with fishing and lake Winnebago. I enjoyed it except for my crying.

I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Julia Crane on Sep. 25, 2011 :
This was a beautiful story. I don't usually read this genre, however I've heard from friends how great it was so decided to give it a shot. Nayes is an amazingly talented author. Barbary Point flowed well, and I was quickly pulled into the story line. I finished the book in one sitting. The ending took me by surprise, but it seemed fitting. I look forward to reading more from Alan Nayes.
(review of free book)

Review by: Nicholehi on Sep. 13, 2011 :
I had to reveiw this book so that others did not make the same mistake I did. This is a TRAGIC love story. There is no happily ever after. So, if you are looking for a romantic romance look the other way.
(review of free book)

Review by: CyberWitch Press on Aug. 01, 2011 :
This novel is poetic, poignant, and devastating. A beautiful romance novel, "Barbary Point" is a story of love, loss, hope, and the strength that comes from all three. I recommend it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: M V on July 15, 2011 :
Barbary point was very detailed and well written. I liked that the story turned out to be a memory. I wouldn't classify this as a romance but was a nice read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shelly Ash on July 15, 2011 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed Barbaray Point. I thought it well-written and the characters were enjoyable. You can really "feel" the emotion. I think that this story should be listed under fiction and not romance. Yes, it was a romance, but I think strictly fiction readers may miss out on this great story just because it's under the romance heading. I will recommend Barbaray Point to everyone I know!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Booketta on July 14, 2011 :
I won this e-book from LibraryThing Members Giveaways. Dr Alan Nayes as his title suggests trained in medicine. He has written two unpublished biomedical thrillers.
Barbary Point is a lovely story of discovery and love. I liked the characterisations, storyline and very descriptive setting. I even enjoyed the fishing and boating details on the lake even though I have no interest in fishing at all. There was a subtle hint earlier in the story that Kelly's love affair was to be just that - an affair and memory. Although the reader could not tell how it would all pan out, it did make later events a little predictable. A short story, I read it in less than a day, but still a very good read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on July 13, 2011 :
It will make you laugh and cry. It's so well written that you will feel the pain that Kelly, and I'm sure her father too, felt throughout their lives.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on July 12, 2011 :
When Kelly finds out that her father, who see never knew, has passed away she must travel to Wisconsin to settle his estate. What happens during those 6 short day at a cottage on the lake changed who she was forever. A quick read and a great story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Kistler on July 12, 2011 : (no rating)
Really great characters and story. I really enjoyed visiting the area as the descriptions were great. Truly enjoyed reading this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Theresa Currie on June 24, 2011 : (no rating)
I received this book through librarything's member's giveaway. I was truly amazed with the quality of the writing and the well developed characters. I often find scenic descriptions to be so detailed they become tedious. That was not the case here. Mr. Nayes is amazing in his writing style. The book is both heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time. Not many books have cause be to be both happy and sad for the main characters at the same time. It was a wonderful read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Christopher Thompson on June 15, 2011 :
Wow.

When I finished the last page of Barbary Point, I knew that I would be writing an immediate review but, for the longest time after finishing, the word 'wow' was the only thing to come to mind to describe this book.

I am not a ordinarily a romance reader, my tastes lying in other genres, nor am I an avid fisherman. Before reading Barbary Point, I had never visited Wisconsin, in fact, but through Alan's wonderful prose, I feel that I have and, as I pointed out to him mid-read, about the only 'bad' thing that I could see about his book is the desire it stirred up within me to uproot my family and move up there to live out the remainder of my years in the place that he had so vividly described.

And the characters...excellently drawn up and executed, including that of her late father who is only spoken of in the book by others. All of his characters are so vivid and real that to describe my favorite things about each would lead to massive spoilers about this book. I will say, though, that for a work of fiction, this book reads like a heartwarming biography. It makes me wish that I could track down the main character online to take her on as a friend, to not only hear more of her thoughts and memories about the events in the book, but to share with her the things about my own life which made me relate so closely to her.

The plot was very nicely executed, the subplots intertwining so closely and neatly that I could picture Alan standing behind my chair, a rod and reel in his hands as he sank a hook into my lip and drew me in; Mitch, Kelly's father, Ol' Greenback, and more each a gentle tug as Alan reeled me in toward the last page.

I highly recommend this book to not only fans of romance novels, but fans of reading as a whole. You will NOT be disappointed in Barbary Point.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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