Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

A Novel

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Eight-year-old Terry McQuinn's life changed one snowy Christmas Eve on the coast of Maine when he glimpsed the "summer people's" world previously unknown to this caretaker's son. Serenity Cottage was a place of beauty and privilege owned by the luminous Halworths -- but in the blink of an eye, tragedy left them in ruins. Determined not to follow in his father's footsteps, Terry grew up to become a high-flying Hollywood film agent -- but he has lost himself along the way. When he is called back to Maine by his father's death, he finds a note that stops him cold: Open Serenity for Christmas. No one has been in the house in thirty years. Although Terry's first instinct is to leave it all behind, he discovers that Katherine Halworth, the girl he remembers from that fateful night, is the new owner. With her arrival imminent, Terry's past comes rushing back and he soon learns that it's never too late to forgive -- and never too late to love.
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  • Washington Square Press | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743422321 | 
  • November 2003
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Chapter One

I suppose our lives are nothing more than a collection of moments. Some moments tell us who we are. Others, what we've run away from. I was eight years old the year our story began, just a boy, but I can place its beginning in the moment my father came to pick me up from Mrs. Fisher's third-grade class. I looked up from my desk and there he was, standing in the doorway of the classroom in his royal blue carpenter's overalls that zipped up from the knees to his chin. Because I had never seen my father in my school before, something about his presence was a little unbelievable. And when other parents began lining up behind him in... see more

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