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Finding You / Knowing You (2 in 1)
Finding You / Knowing You - 2 in 1
Author: Maureen Child
ISBN-13: 9780312989200
ISBN-10: 0312989202
Publication Date: 5/18/2003
Pages: 704
Rating:
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4.1 stars, based on 86 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I had somehow managed to overlook Maureen Child's books for years, but discovered her recently with the Marconi Sisters Trilogy. Those three great books coerced me into picking up the Candellano Family Trilogy, starting with FINDING YOU/KNOWING YOU. And I'm so glad I did!

In FINDING YOU, we meet Carla Candellano, the youngest Candellano sibling, and only daughter. Surrounded by Mama, the family matriarch, Tony, the oldest brother and town sheriff, and older twin brothers Nick and Paul, Carla is the "baby" of the family that they all dote upon. Carla's life had, until two years ago, been spent working for Searchers, a company that performed search operations to find missing victims in earthquakes, hurricanes, or those lost in mountains or forests. Along with her dog, Abbey, Carla was one of the best at her job, and it was her life. She loved doing what she could to find missing people with the help of her pet--until the one day she found a boy that she knew personally, too late to save him.

Ever since then, Carla has drawn away from everything that matters to her. She quit her job, moved back home to Chandler , California , and so far has avoided her Mama's plan to find her a husband. She's contented herself with spending time with Abbey and the new pups she plans to train as search dogs. Until Jackson Wyatt and his daughter, Reese, move into the summer place across from her own house.

Jackson has come to Chandler as a last resort. His six-year-old daughter was involved in a tragic automobile accident over a year ago that took her mother's life, and she hasn't spoken a word sense. He only has the summer to somehow get Reese to return to the land of the living before her haughty and very well-to-do maternal grandparents ship her off to a pshychiatric facility.

FINDING YOU is contemporary romance at it's best. Three people, each lost in their own memories, regrets, and heartbreak, will have to learn to love and trust again to find their way back to a wholesome life.

In KNOWING YOU, we get the story of Paul Candellano and Stevie Ryan. Stevie grew up with a wandering mother who searched the world for her next wealthy husband, but after several marriages and so much moving around, at twelve Stevie had had enough and moved to Chandler to live with her father. His love, along with the love and acceptance of her best friend, Carla Candellano, and her family finally gave Stevie a feeling of belonging.

She had also fallen in love with Nick Candellano, the "aw-shucks, look at me, I'm the best" NFL playing brother. When she got him too many times with another woman, Stevie finally gave up on rescuing Nick. Instead, the last few years have been spent making her business, The Leaf and Bean, the best coffee shop it can be, and rescuing the stray animals that she always seems to find in Chandler .

Now, after Carla's wedding to Jackson , Stevie is feeling a little lost, a little lonely, knowing that her relationship with Nick is definitely done and over, and that she may very well be destined to live her life forever alone. Until a night spent with her good friend, Paul, Nick's twin, where things heat up and one thing leads to another. Suddenly, it's not just Paul's friendship she's craving, but his body in her bed.

Paul Candelllano has always had a crush on Stevie Ryan. Long before she hooked up with Nick, Paul wanted to be more than the shoulder that Stevie cried on when Nick's antics drove her to tears. Now, he's finally had Stevie physically, but he's not sure where it will lead. What will the Candellano's, especially Nick, think about a budding relationship between the quiet, responsible twin that the other half of the Nick/Stevie whole?

KNOWING YOU is the story of a woman who has to come to terms with a birth mother who is never going to be who she wants to be, the discovery of a sibling that doesn't need to be rescued, and the fact that true love has to be persued, regardless of consequences.

This book, full of two wonderful, heartwarming stories, is a true delight for your keeper shelf!
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Excellect -- two stories about the Candellano family. Can't wait to read about the last brother.
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Two novels about the Candellano family. Very good read.
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Part of the Candellano Family Trilogy. I would highly suggest reading all of them.
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The first two in a series--enjoyable and funny romance stories.
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Great read! These are two novels in the Candellano Family series.
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This is a wonderful romance with gentle telling. YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE PART OF THE FAMILY WATCHING THIS UNFOLD.
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Two books in one. I really enjoyed them both and just started to read the third in the series "Loving You".
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FINDING YOU is one of the books in the series about a couple of Italian families in a small coastal California town. Carla Candellano, 28 and single, is the subject of this novel. She has recently quit her job as a searcher when she did not find her neighbor's son before he died. Her search dog and puppies are her main interest. Carla's puppies attract the attention of a little girl who has come with her father on a summer vacation. Carla and the father hit it off beautifully but he fears to become involved when his attention should be on his daughter who has not spoken since her mother's death in a car accident. The daughter runs away with Carla's search dog and all Carla's skills are called into play to find the little girl she has come to care about.
KNOWING YOU develops the romance of Stevie Ryan, best friend of Carla Castellano and owner of the local coffee shop. Stevie used to date Carla's brother Nick, a professional football player, until she found him in bed with someone else. Nick's twin brother, Paul, and Stevie get together for a hot night after Carla's wedding. They don't want anyone to find out, especially Stevie because she used to date Nick and Mama Castellano is still trying to match them up. Eventually they have to tell when all hell breaks loose at the Sunday night Castellano dinner.
Great combo for romance lovers and especially those who are reading other books about this town and family by Maureen Child.
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Two love stories - book one and two in a trilogy.
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two romance stories in one book
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One of my wife's books.....I swear it really is. Quit looking at me like that.
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great read
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Fall in love with 2 unforgettable novels:
Meet the Candellano family: Angela, the matriarch, Tony, the oldest son and town sheriff. Nick and Paul, the twin brothers with completely different personalities, and Carla, the daughter whom Mama is still trying to fix up. And though Mama's brood is all grown up, they still gather every Sunday around her kitchen table - where anyone who falls for a Candellano had better be prepared to share laughter, love...and the best lasagna in town...
Finding You
Carla Candellano has faced a tragedy she'd like to put behind her, but no one has been able to penetrate the wall she has built around herself - until she meets 6 yr. old Reese Wyatt. Reese hasn't spoken since her mother died last yr. and it's friendship at first sight for Carla and little Reese. But it's the girl's worried father, Jackson, who arouses Carla's curiosity, and passion, in ways she never imagined...
Knowing You
Ever since Stevie Ryan was a young girl, she'd been in love with her best friend Carla's older brother Nick . But Nick had to complicate things by growing up gorgeous - and breaking Stevie's heart. Now she's convinced that forgetting him is the way to go. And it's working out fine... until she and Nick's brother, Paul spend one sultry night together. Has the right brother been under Stevie's nose all along?
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2 novels in one book
Finding You....Carla Candellano has faced ..tragedy...she hasn't spolken since her mother died last year and it's friendship at first sight for Carla and little Reese. But it's the girl's worried father who arouses Carla's curiosity and passion.

Knowing You...Ever since Stevie Ryan was a young girl, she'd been in love with her best friend's older brother. Now she's convinced that forgetting him is the way to go and it's working out fine 'til she and Nick's brother, Paul, spend one sultry night together. Has the right brother been under her nose all along?
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Fall in love with two unforgettable novels

Meet the Candellano family: Angela, the matriarch, Tony, the oldest son and town sheriff, Nick and Paul, the twin brothers with completely different personalities, and Carla, the daughter whom Mama is still trying to fix up. And though Mama's brood is all grown up, they still gather every Sunday around her kitchen table--where anyone who falls for a Candellano had better be prepared to share laughter, love... and the best lasagna in town...
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2 in 1
books 1 and 2 of 3
Read these two before you read Loving You.
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Two novels in one!! Looved these two stories. Each story is over 300 pages so they are not 2 lkittle mini novels in one book. They are two great story-telling books in one nice package!! There is one more book in this trilogy as well...these are the first two in the series!!
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Fantastic book. First book I've read by her and now reading others.

Two stories in one book about family members.
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Fall in love with two unforgettable new novels in one extraordinary volume!

Meet the Candellano family: Angela, the matriarch; Tony the oldest son and town sheriff; Nick and Paul, the twin brothers with completely different personalities; and Carla, the beautiful daughter whom Mama is still trying to fix up. And though Mama's brood is all grown up, they still gather every Sunday around her kitchen table-where anyone who falls for a Candellano had better be prepared to share laughter, love and the best lasagna in town...

FINDING YOU
Carla Candellano has faced a tragedy she'd like to put behind her, but no one has been able to penetrate the wall she has built around herself until she meets six-year-old Reese Wyatt. Reese hasn't spoken since her mother died last year, and it's friendship at first sight for Carla and little Reese. But it's the girl's worried father, Jackson, who arouses Carla's curiosity, and passion, in ways she never imagined...

KNOWING YOU
Ever since Stevie Ryan was a young girl, she was in love with her best friend Carla's older brother Nick Candellano. But Nick had to complicate things by growing up gorgeous-and breaking Stevie's heart. Now she's convinced that forgetting him is the way to go. And it's working out fine until she and Nick's brother, Paul, spend one sultry night together. Has the right brother been under Stevie's nose all along?
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GREAT BOOK. SEE ALSO LOVING YOU- PART OF THE SERIES.