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Barbara Delinsky

Author of Family Tree

165+ Works 20,988 Members 492 Reviews 32 Favorited

About the Author

Barbara Delinsky was born on August 9, 1945 in suburban Boston. She received a B.A. in psychology from Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology from Boston College. After graduate school, she worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After her show more first child was born, she worked as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald. She has written more than 60 novels including Shades of Grace, Coast Road, While My Sister Sleeps and Not My Daughter. Some of her novels have been made into television movies including Three Wishes starring Valerie Bertinelli and A Woman's Place starring Lorraine Bracco. She wrote the nonfiction book Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. She has also written under the pen names Bonnie Drake and Billie Douglass. Barbara's novels, Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Barbara Delinsky

Family Tree (2007) 1,205 copies, 37 reviews
The Secret Between Us (2008) 938 copies, 33 reviews
While My Sister Sleeps (2009) 844 copies, 41 reviews
Lake News (1999) 818 copies, 9 reviews
Not My Daughter (2010) 811 copies, 49 reviews
The Summer I Dared (2005) 793 copies, 15 reviews
Coast Road (1998) 753 copies, 9 reviews
Flirting with Pete (2003) 702 copies, 9 reviews
The Vineyard (2000) 699 copies, 3 reviews
An Accidental Woman (2002) 695 copies, 11 reviews
The Woman Next Door (2001) 672 copies, 4 reviews
Looking for Peyton Place (2005) 625 copies, 7 reviews
Sweet Salt Air (2013) 610 copies, 32 reviews
Three Wishes (1997) 572 copies, 9 reviews
Escape (2011) 534 copies, 19 reviews
A Woman Betrayed (1991) 457 copies, 12 reviews
More Than Friends (1993) 427 copies, 7 reviews
A Woman's Place (1997) 405 copies, 6 reviews
Suddenly (1994) 398 copies, 8 reviews
Blueprints (2015) 375 copies, 15 reviews
Before and Again (2018) 374 copies, 23 reviews
Together Alone (1995) 359 copies, 7 reviews
The Passions of Chelsea Kane (1992) 349 copies, 4 reviews
For My Daughters (1994) 333 copies, 4 reviews
Heart of the Night (1989) 308 copies, 6 reviews
Commitments (1988) 298 copies, 5 reviews
Shades of Grace (1996) 285 copies, 3 reviews
The Carpenter's Lady (1983) 278 copies, 2 reviews
Twilight Whispers (1987) 271 copies, 4 reviews
Facets (1990) 208 copies, 10 reviews
A Week at the Shore (2020) 201 copies, 14 reviews
First, Best and Only (1986) 172 copies, 2 reviews
Twelve Across (1987) 150 copies, 3 reviews
Moment to Moment (1984) 144 copies, 1 review
Finger Prints (1984) 134 copies, 4 reviews
Rekindled (2-in-1) (1998) 134 copies, 3 reviews
T.L.C. (1988) 126 copies, 2 reviews
The Right Wrong Number (2013) 124 copies, 9 reviews
Within Reach (1986) 122 copies
Through My Eyes (1989) 117 copies
Cardinal Rules (1987) 111 copies, 2 reviews
Fulfillment (1988) 102 copies, 2 reviews
Montana Man (1989) 94 copies, 4 reviews
The Outsider (1992) 92 copies, 3 reviews
Gemstone (1983) 92 copies, 1 review
The Dream Comes True (1990) 91 copies, 1 review
Fast Courting (1983) 91 copies
The Dream Unfolds (1990) 85 copies, 2 reviews
Secret of the Stone (1985) 84 copies, 2 reviews
Bronze Mystique (1984) 77 copies
The Real Thing (1986) 75 copies
The Stud (1991) 73 copies, 2 reviews
Chances Are (1986) 71 copies, 2 reviews
Having Faith (1995) 67 copies, 1 review
A Time to Love (1982) 66 copies
Dreams (3-in-1) (1990) 64 copies
An Irresistible Impulse (1983) 63 copies, 2 reviews
A Single Rose (1987) 63 copies
Passion and Illusion (1983) 61 copies, 2 reviews
Sensuous Burgundy (1981) 59 copies
Variation on a Theme (1994) 58 copies, 2 reviews
Threats and Promises (1986) 57 copies, 1 review
Sweet Ember (1981) 55 copies
The Dream (1990) 53 copies, 2 reviews
First Things First (1985) 51 copies, 2 reviews
Straight from the Heart (1986) 50 copies
Trust (2-in-1) (2008) 49 copies
Week at the Shore (2021) 49 copies, 1 review
Search for a New Dawn (1982) 46 copies
Heat Wave (1987) 44 copies, 1 review
Warm Hearts (2012) 41 copies
Father of the Bride [and] Handsome as Sin (2001) 39 copies, 1 review
What She Really Wants (2015) 38 copies, 3 reviews
A Special Something (1984) 33 copies, 1 review
Jasmine Sorcery (1986) 28 copies, 1 review
Love Songs (2013) 26 copies
The Stud (Signature Select) (2005) 25 copies
The Forever Instinct (1984) 24 copies
Summer Lovers (3-in-1) (1997) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Summer I Dared [Abridged Audiobook] (2004) 20 copies, 1 review
Heatwave (3-in-1) (1998) — Contributor — 17 copies
Knightly Love (1982) 16 copies
Lover from the Sea (1983) 16 copies
Flip Side of Yesterday (1983) 15 copies, 1 review
Amber's Embrace (1982) 13 copies, 1 review
The Passionate Touch (1981) 12 copies
The Ardent Protector (1982) 10 copies
Lilac Awakening (1982) 10 copies, 1 review
Sunlight and Joy (2011) 10 copies
Surrender by Moonlight (1981) 10 copies
Heart and Soul (3-in-1) (1998) — Contributor — 8 copies
Silken Sands (2012) 7 copies
Take 5, Volume 6 (Anthology 5-in-1) (2002) — Contributor — 7 copies
Sweet Serenity (1983) 7 copies
Beyond Fantasy (1983) 7 copies
Whispered Promise (1982) 6 copies
Call My Name (2012) 6 copies
Hold My Heart (2012) 6 copies
Home Fires (2012) 6 copies
Memories Past (2007) 6 copies
Father Figure (1997) 5 copies
The Silver Fox (1983) 5 copies
Don't Tempt Me (2012) 5 copies
Pictures of You (2012) 4 copies, 1 review
Independent Passions (2007) 3 copies
The Scent of Jasmine (2012) 3 copies
The Secret Between Us (2008) 1 copy
Up all night 1 copy
Coast Road [abridged] (1998) 1 copy
Unistus (2011) 1 copy
Nie moja córka (2011) 1 copy

Associated Works

Reader's Digest Select Editions 1999 v01 #241 (1999) — Contributor — 33 copies
RDSELP 2000 (Lake News and Hunting Badger) (2000) — Author — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Delinsky, Barbara Ruth Greenberg
Other names
Drake, Bonnie
Douglass, Billie
Birthdate
1945-08-09
Gender
female
Nationality
USA (birth)
Birthplace
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Places of residence
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Needham, Massachusetts, USA
Education
Tufts University (BA | psychology)
Boston College (MA | sociology)
Occupations
writer
novelist
photographer
reporter
author
Organizations
Belmont Herald
Awards and honors
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award (Women's Fiction, 2006)
Short biography
Barbara Ruth Greenberg was born on August 9, 1945, in Newton, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, where she was raised in a family of lawyers. Her mother died of breast cancer, when she was eight, it was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. She took piano lessons and flute lessons. She took ballroom dancing lessons. She went to summer camp through her fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of her stories), then spent her sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two skills that have served her better than all of her other high school courses combined). In 1967, she earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College in 1969. Following graduate school, she was a researcher for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After the birth of her first child, Andrew, she took a job as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald newspaper, and later for the Boston Herald. She also filled her time doing volunteer work at hospitals, and serving on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and their Women's Cancer Advisory Board. Barbara's career in writing began in 1980, after having a pair of twins, Eric and Jeremy, when she read a newspaper article about romance fiction. She researched the field, read 40 to 50 category romances and sat down to begin her own. She found that her background in psychology was helpful in "planning the emotional entanglements of (her) characters," and claims that she has "pulled on virtually every aspect of (her) background and of (her) life experience in general (in her writing)." Barbara Delinsky is nothing if not prolific. Since 1980, she has written well over 80 novels, and shows no sign of slowing down. She began signing her novels as Billie Douglass and as Bonnie Drake, now she signs her novels with her married name: Barbara Delinsky. More than 20 million copies of her books are in print worldwide, translated into over a dozen foreign languages. From Romantic Times Magazine, she's received the Special Achievement Award (twice), the Reviewer's Choice Award and the Best Contemporary Romance Award. She's also received the Romance Writers of America Golden Medallion and Golden Leaf awards. In 1994, Barbara was diagnosed breast cancer, like her mother. But it had surgery and treatment. And in 2001 she published the non-fiction Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. Now, the Delinsky family resides in Needham, Massachusetts, where Barbara's husband is a prominent local lawyer.

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I listened to this and really enjoyed it.
 
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It was a good book if you want want that "takes you away" for a bit. Decently sappy :)
 
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Works
165
Also by
42
Members
20,988
Popularity
#1,032
Rating
½ 3.5
Reviews
492
ISBNs
1,420
Languages
18
Favorited
32

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