Always With Me

Always With Me

by Barbara Freethy


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From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes the first book in the WHISPER LAKE series! Set in the majestic Colorado mountains, the books feature sexy romance, heartwarming emotion, family drama, compelling mystery, and a town full of fascinating characters. Once you come to visit, you'll never want to leave!

After her third broken engagement, Gianna Campbell comes home to help with the family business and to heal her heart, only to realize that she has become the town joke—dubbed the runaway fiancée. If that wasn't bad enough, who should show up in town but her former crush Zach Barrington, a man who has other reasons to hate her.

Zach returns to Whisper Lake not only for a job opportunity but also for a chance at personal redemption. The last person he wants to see is Gianna, who once got him kicked out of the only place that made him feel whole. But when an accident sends her into the lake, their first face-to-face meeting in years leaves them both breathless.

And suddenly the past feels a lot closer…

Zach and Gianna back away as fast as they come together, both wary of more danger to their damaged hearts. But their search for a truth leads them to surprising secrets, life-changing revelations, heartbreaking emotion, and the chance for a love more powerful than they ever imagined. Can they trust each other the second time around?

"ALWAYS WITH ME is a heartwarming, moving, and sexy second chance romance, with a captivating mystery, that keeps you reading, wondering what happens next." Doni - Goodreads Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944417543
Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Series: Whisper Lake , #1
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 37,989
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of more than sixty-five books ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Barbara delights in writing about ordinary characters caught up in extraordinary stories. Suspense fans will love her Off the Grid: FBI Series that begins with Perilous Trust. Contemporary romance readers will want to jump into The Callaways with On A Night Like This. Her bestselling standalone novels include Summer Secrets and Don't Say A Word, both of which spent multiple weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. In the past seven years, Barbara has sold over 7.2 million books. Join the fun!

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Always With Me 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous 19 days ago
Gianna and Zack met when they were teenagers. She broke up with him when he told a friend that he wasn't serious about her. Fourteen years later they meet again and discover what really happened when they were teenagers.Can they have a second chance at love?Barbara has written another wonderful story with strong and believable characters. Can't wait to read more of this series.joy943
XstitcherKansas 11 months ago
This is a terrific start to a new series. I thought “Always with Me” was a great, lighthearted story with some adventure along the way. It was fun reading about Zach and Gianna and seeing them build a new relationship and dealing with issues in their lives. It was also fun to watch Gianna and her girlfriends reconnect and to see Zach fight to help maintain a relationship with Hailey who he helped raise before her mother died. The Callaway books are one of my favorite series, so I was happy to have that family included in this series. Barbara writes such good stories that I feel a part of the community. I look forward to the continuation of this series and reading about all of the new characters we were introduced to.
Boaters92 12 months ago
Gianna’s aunt breaks her leg so Gianna heads back home to Whisper Lake to run her aunt’s antique store while she recovers. When Gianna goes to the camp she used to go to as a teenager to collect some antiques that were left for her Aunt, she walks out onto a dock and ends up taking a plunge when the dock breaks. Who should be there to help her from the water, but her old boyfriend from camp, Zach. Zach can hardly believe his eyes when he realizes that the person he just jumped into the lake to save is his old teenage love, Gianna. Things hadn’t ended well for them when they were teenagers. As he gets to know Gianna again, they realize that the love they had never went away. They both have their obstacles to deal with, but together, they can overcome anything. This was an amazing beginning to a new series. I loved the characters in this book and felt their struggles and joys. Barbara Freethy is one of the best authors and her books are definite must reads!
arubaqueen 12 months ago
Always With Me is the 1st book in Ms. Freethy's new series. This centers around Gianna and Zach who met as teenagers at summer camp and ended up with broken hearts. Now 14 years later Gianna comes back to her hometown to help her Aunt only to run into Zach who has come back to town to help renovate the summer camp. Both are suffering from losses and fighting to figure out what they want and where they are meant to be. Working together they become closer and get some answers. Looking forward to the 2nd book to check back in on them and see how far they've come. I read an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my review.
BrandyLyons 12 months ago
Wow. This was intense and sucked me in right from the get go. I really liked having characters that had a history, needed to let go of the past, and find their way in the future. Absolutely wonderful, can’t wait to read other books in this series!
ledLD 12 months ago
The first in this newest series. We find ourselves at Whisper Lake, with a close knit group of friends and the sixteen year old grown to adults romance. Past trauma, bad decisions and failed romantic partners, make this story interesting. The tribulations are long and suffering. Good read with the expected HEA.
perriknows 12 months ago
New Barbara Freethy series? Yes, please! Incorporating some of the family from her fabulous Callaway's series...Bonus! Always With Me, is the first in the Whisper Lake series, set in Whisper Lake Colorado. Zach and Gianna met 14 years ago at summer camp in Whisper Lake. She was there since she lived in town. He was there because his mother had issues with his behavior after his father died. Instant attraction for two teens and an innocent summer of love. A misunderstanding got Zach kicked out of camp, and Gianna felt like she was well shed of him. Gianna has been engaged 3 times, but never made it down the aisle much to the chagrin of her parents. Now they're back in town. Each for their own reason and certainly NOT looking for a relationship. Zach is trying to re-establish contact with the little girl he thinks of as his, as he takes on the job of architect for the camp where he met Gianna. Gianna is helping run her aunt's antique shop while her aunt is recovering from an injury, and deciding if once and for all she should look for her birth mother. This is a second chance story, but not just a second chance at love. Mysteries, half truths, and finally the full story. Ms. Andre can certainly weave a tale. This one keeps you guessing...and wanting the second in the series soon!
Anonymous 12 months ago
What a beautiful story about young first love and a painful breakup to second chances a number of years later. You have drama, mystery and interesting characters with great chemistry. You can’t help but root for Gianna and Zach to make it! I laughed and I cried! Looking forward to the next book in the series!
BrandyJB 12 months ago
Always With Me. First of Barbara Freethy's new Whisper Lake Series. A definite winner!! Gianna returns to Whisper Lake set in the Colorado Mountains. She returns after three broken engagements to help her injured Aunt run her Antique Store. First thing who does she run into but her old high school flame Zack, who has also returned to Whisper Lake. And when last saw each other had parted on not the best of terms. Gianna falls into the River and is rescued by who other than Zack. They never expected to see each other again. So what happens next? Lots of mystery, secrets, add some romance. And for those who are fans of the Callaway's And the Calloway Cousins. Some are reintroduced. Find out how this flawlessly written novel which reads so smoothly ties up all lose ends. And the rebuilding of the camp where Gianna & Zack first met and fell in love unfolds. Sure to steal your hearts, keep you on the edge of your seats. Personally I feel this is the best series as of yet by Barbara Freethy. And there is not one book written of hers I've yet to read. Can't Wait for Book 2 in this wonderful new Series !!! Can be read as a stand alone. Received the book as ARC for honest review. Don't miss this Series!!!
Catdad 12 months ago
Barbara Freethy has a way with words! She is a great storyteller and creates the best characters. This is a story about second chances. Zach and Gianna were childhood sweethearts. They broke up over a misunderstanding and went their separate ways. Now, fourteen years later they are back in the same town and dealing with lots of major life events. Their story is very heartwarming and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the rest of the stories in this series!!!
Grinandstampit1 12 months ago
Second chance love Gianna and Zach Returning to the small hometown near Whisper Lake was hard for Gianna after three broken engagements. It became a bit harder when she ran into the boy she met at the summer camp there when she was 15. They parted under difficult circumstances. As Gianna tries to figure out her life she helps Zach to solve his own problems. In working together will they have their second chance? Gianna and Zach are complicated characters that Barbara Freethy has truly brought to life. I could not put this book down and can’t wait to return to the characters at Whisper Lake.
CarolASM 12 months ago
Thrilling new series. Evocative descriptions of the mountainside made me feel as if I were in the mountains breathing in the fresh air and hearing the sounds of nature. This is so exceptionally well written. Gianna is so relatable and Zach sounds composure-annihilating. Loved that there is a crossover with the Callaways. Promising. Can't wait for more.
Mpomper514 12 months ago
Second Chance at Love with Mystery Thrown In. Yet another great start to a new series from Barbara Freethy. Gianna and Zach met at summer camp when they were teenagers. They had an amazing connection that ended up dissolving with a horrible misunderstanding. Fast forward 14 years later, and both of them have returned to Whisper Lake, each for different reasons, both of them feeling the same connection that they had all those years ago, and both wary. Gianna is back home to help run her aunt's store while her aunt recovers from an injury, but she is also there to recover from her third broken engagement. Each time she gets engaged she realizes that this is not the right person and ends up calling off the engagement. Zach is back in town as the architect in charge of redesigning the summer camp that is being remodeled and then reopened. But Zach is also in search of something else. Love the mystery that surrounds both Zach and Gianna, and how they ultimately help each other in their quests, and ultimately to find their way back to each other. Looking forward to reading more installments in the Whisper Lake series.
GwenL 12 months ago
Barbara Freethy welcomes us to Whisper Lake with a delightful second-chance romance between Gianna Campbell and Zach Barrington. The pair shared an idyllic summer at camp 14 years ago when they were teenagers. After a bitter breakup and personal tragedy, both are back in the same town and the sparks between them continue to burn brightly. No Freethy romance title is complete, however, without some kind of mystery to add suspense. Both Gianna and Zach have questions about their lives that have to be answered before they can move forward. Along the way, Freethy introduces us to other Whisper Lake residents who will have future stories. ALWAYS WITH ME (Whisper Lake Book 1) is loosely linked to Freethy’s Callaway series, but easily can be read alone. I greatly enjoyed Gianna’s and Zach’s story and can’t wait to catch up with them in future books.
_NormaJean 12 months ago
Another winner from Barbara Freethy! Ms. Freethy has a talent for writing stories that engage readers from Chapter One and hold their attention until the end. Always With Me is no exception. This is the first book in the new Whisper Lake series. It kept me turning pages well into the night. Gianna has come home to help out her family and to heal her heart after ending her third engagement. Zach has returned to Whisper Lake in hopes of changing people’s opinion of him. He and Gianna have a history, but have not seen each other since they were teenagers. They parted under less than happy circumstances. Gianna falls into the lake and, as luck would have it, Zach comes to her rescue. Zach finds that he is still attracted to Gianna, but Gianna has sworn off men after three engagements and no marriage. Always With Me is a beautiful second chance romance. It had the perfect amount of romance and suspense with some interesting family dynamics thrown in. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I can honestly say that I loved this book! I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I highly recommend Always With Me.
SuzeJoyce 12 months ago
Oh Barbara you really pull us in and captivate us. You give us light where there is darkness. Can't wait to see where this series brings us.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Another amazing read by Barbara Freethy. A mystery, a romance and a little suspense all rolled into one novel that has it all. This is a novel that you will not want to put down once you begin and gives you hope that second chances really do exist and not only in love!
JennieF 12 months ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation Always With Me is book 1 in another new series called Whisper Lakes by Barbara Freethy! Like all her others series she takes us to some place we have never been but want to go visit or live there with her book friends!! Gianna and Zach met in high school and fell in love, then on to summer camp but with Zach losing his Dad and Gianna losing her necklace that she thinks Zach took...they part... Now years later Gianna moves back home, 3 engagements broken and not knowing what is holding her back from walking down the aisle she is determined to find her way. That is until she runs into Zach again...still believes he took her necklace...still has feelings for him... and wants no parts of being around him. Can Zach prove to Gianna he didn’t take her necklace and find out what really happened to it, wants her back in his life permanently and show her why she hasn’t been able to take that final step to her HEA...because that is what he is!!
jstryker 12 months ago
If you are fan of the Callaway series of books by Barbara Freethy as I am, then you will really like her new book “Always With Me” in the new Whisper Lake series. Some old Callaway friends show up and new friends are made. Gianna and Zach met at summer camp at Whisper Lake and had a summer romance. That ended when her locket disappeared and she accused Zach of taking it. Years later and after three broken engagements, they meet again at Whisper Lake as adults. Old feeling arise as they try to find themselves. Zach is an architect who has been hired to reestablish the building site of the camp and Gianna is there to help her aunt who has broken her leg. This book has many twists and turns on the way to love as the Callaway series had and is an excellent read. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
Ellen-oceanside 12 months ago
ALWAYS WITH ME ...Barbara Freethy Gianna seeing Jeramy the first of her broken engagements, now she has another to her name, and eight years later. Spending the summer in Whisper Lake to run her Aunt’s shop for her. His teasing bothered her, seems as though that all she has known, from the gawky art kid . Still seemed she couldn’t get life right yet, maybe she hadn’t figured out who she was. The men she dated had a vision of her, but didn’t have much idea of who she really was. Going up to the camp which was in desperate need of repair, stepping out on the pier. With rotten boards she falls thru, and who should pull her out was Zack. A dream from school days, no he volunteered to redesign the camp. He was back, now remembering her first kiss, first dance, first heartbreak, was with him.At least he liked her drawings, and what she was doing, never made fun of her preferring that over horseback riding Necklace of hers got hm kicked out of camp, though he denied taking it. Finding out now, the reason the person took it, and the mystery of it, and who she really. was, Powerful story of Gianna pushing past her fears, and insecurities, and looking forward to marriage and being a family someday soon. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
heavenlycirce 12 months ago
"Always with Me" is written by Barbara Freethy, and it is the 1st book in her Whisper Lake series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Zach Barrington and Gianna Campbell. Zach and Gianna haven't seen each other for over 10+ years. They had a brief summer romance when they were at camp in their teens, but after a misunderstanding, they broke up. Fast forward to the future, Zach is back in town. Not just because of work, but because he wants to see the little girl he raised for over 4+ years. Meanwhile, Gianna is back in Whisper Lake because she called it quits with her fiancé. What happens when they see each other after all these years when Zach rescues Gianna in the lake? Will they get past their misunderstanding? Will Zach be able to see the little girl he raised, or will the little girl's grandparents remain difficult? Will Gianna find out what happened to her locket, and who the lady is in the photograph? One thing that I really enjoyed about this story was despite all the years, it's like they were never apart. That chemistry and friendship was still there. Zach and Gianna were there for each other through the difficult situations they faced when they both came back to Whisper Lake. Can they finally get their happily ever after? "Always with Me" was a nice, quick read. I've never read a book by Barbara Freethy that I didn't enjoy. She knows how to write a heartwarming, family-oriented story that always captivates the readers. Looking forward to what she has in store next!
Lashea677 12 months ago
Whisper Lake is where the broken come to heal. Where love could find a second chance. Where secrets lurk within a deceptively, serene landscape. There is no escaping Barbara Freethy. Always with Me merges the best of this talented author. Gianna and Zach find themselves smack dab in the middle what they've been running from for years. Drama, secrets and heartache. If not careful, falling in love could prove to be their undoing. Romance wrapped inside of a gripping mystery. A breathless combination, indeed.
Anonymous 9 months ago