By The Sea, Book One: Tess

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BY THE SEA is a four-book series that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Roaring Twenties and then to the Great Depression, culminating a century later in Newport, RI, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea."

Book One is the tale of Tess Moran, a beautiful Irish housemaid in one of the Newport mansions who makes a dark bargain with a man of commanding wealth and falls in love in the bargain. More
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Words: 59,970
Language: English
ISBN: 9780985780678
About Antoinette Stockenberg

USA Today bestselling novelist Antoinette Stockenberg grew up wanting be a cowgirl and have her own horse (her great-grandfather bred horses for the carriage trade back in the old country), but the geography just didn't work out: there weren't many ranches in Chicago. Her other, more doable dream was to write books, and after stints as secretary, programmer, teacher, grad student, boatyard hand, office manager and magazine writer (in that order), she achieved that goal, writing over a dozen novels, several of them with paranormal elements. One of them is the RITA award-winning EMILY'S GHOST.

Stockenberg's books have been published in eleven languages and are often set in quaint New England harbor towns, always with a dose of humor. She writes about complex family relationships and the fallout that old, unearthed secrets can have on them. Sometimes there's an old murder. Sometimes there's an old ghost. Sometimes once-lovers find one another after half a lifetime apart.

Her work has been compared to writers as diverse as LaVyrle Spencer, Nora Roberts, and Mary Stewart by critics and authors alike, and her novels have appeared on bestseller lists in USA Today as well as the national bookstore chains. Her website features sample chapters, numerous reviews, and many photos.

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Review by: CaroleL on July 20, 2015 :
I couldn't put this book down. I'm hooked! An excellent read and a definite 5 stars!
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Review by: Eunice Korczak on June 30, 2014 :
I thoroughly enjoyed By the Sea: Book One (Tess). It provides a glimpse of the high society of the gilded age at Newport. But more importantly, it provides a good story about a young laundry maid striving to protect he motherless siblings and dreamer father. Although the first of a series of four, it is a complete story in itself. Yet I'm anxious to read Amanda, the next in the By the Sea series. I liked the story but am also pleased to say the editor in me was happy with this book, as well. Either it was edited for usage, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation or the author is quite talented in that respect, as well. All in all, this is a pleasant summer read.
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