Message From The Author

Barbara Samuel

Genre: General Mainstream Fiction, Mainstream

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Author's Message

I have no idea where Jewel Sabatino came from. The scrappy, hopeful, unabashedly sexy narrator of NO PLACE LIKE HOME just showed up one day while
I was on my morning walk: "The April
I was thirteen, I went to sleep a good Catholic school girl, and woke up the next morning burning."

I'll tell you honestly, I've never enjoyed writing a woman's journey so much in my life. Jewel is tough and smart and vulnerable, sometimes scared, sometimes fearless, often brave. In coming to terms with a new chapter in her life, she's trying to find the courage to let her son grow up and fly off on his own; earnestly trying to heal a two-decade estrangement with her beloved father; facing the fact that she's 40 and alone and maybe that wasn't exactly what she had in mind when she took off in search of fame all those years ago. She's also trying, very hard, to tell herself all she wants from
the delectable, alligator-blood drinking tough guy, Malachi Shaunessey, is sex. Besides, he's completely unsuitable: he's five years younger and exactly the kind of man
to drive an even bigger wedge between her
and her father.

Jewel isn't sure whether her life is a testament to courage or a laundry list of why you should be a good girl. Is she a success or
a failure? Would her life have been better if she'd stayed home among her close-knit, third-generation Italian family in Colorado? Or would she had always wondered, "what if?"

NO PLACE LIKE HOME is a first for me on several fronts. It's my first hardcover. It's the first time I've written entirely in first person. It's my first book for Ballantine and my first contemporary written under my own name instead of Ruth Wind. I hope fans of Ruth will follow me in this big adventure; there is still a great romance, some tears and laughs and the honest heart of a real woman trying to make her way through her life as best she can.

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