The Passions of Chelsea Kane

The Passions of Chelsea Kane

by Barbara Delinsky


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An enthralling and unforgettable story of a woman’s search for her past, The Passions of Chelsea Kane is a beloved classic from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky

After the death of her beloved adoptive mother, thirty-six-year-old Chelsea Kane is consumed by the need to learn the truth about her birth parents. Taking a break from her successful architecture career, she arrives in the New Hampshire town where she was born, determined to find answers, her only clue a tarnished silver key that was bequeathed to her after her mother’s passing.

One of her first discoveries, however, is something quite unexpected: the irresistible Judd Street. Buoyed by love and resolution, Chelsea slowly begins to uncover the dark mystery of her past. But as she inches closer to the truth, she realizes that someone is trying to stop her, and will go to any lengths to prevent her from finding answers. The danger escalates until one terrifying night when all secrets are laid bare.

Full of danger, intrigue, and love, The Passions of Chelsea Kane is a riveting and heartfelt story that can only be told by master storyteller Barbara Delinsky.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780066214573
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2004
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Barbara Delinsky is the author of more than twenty-two New York Times bestselling novels. Her books have been published in thirty languages, with over thirty-five million copies in print worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband. She is a passionate photographer, an avid tennis player, a drop-all-when-they-call mom and Grammi, and a confidante to friends of all stripes.


Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts


B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

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Passions of Chelsea Kane 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JadeMarie More than 1 year ago
This was my first Barbara Delinsky book and WOW was i impressed!!! "The Passions of Chelsea Kane" was a non-stop roller coaster of excitement! The charachters were fascinating and mysterious with just the right amount of edge. Once i started to read it i didn't want to stop...and when i had to put down the book i was always thinking about when i could pick it up again:) What more could you ask for in a book...NOTHING!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Barbara Delinsky's books and absolutley love her writing. Her stories are not typical romance reads, yet thoroughly enjoying and exciting. I was totally drawn into Chelsea's world. This book was excellent, I couldn't put it down! A MUST READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story of an adoptee and her struggle to find her birth heritage. When her adoptive mother dies, Chelsea Kane begins to commute between her position as a partner in a lucrative Baltimore architectural firm and her new position as a partner in a granite company in the small New Hampshire town of Norwich Notch where she was born. Her adoptive father strains against her doing this. He cannot understand her need to find her heritage. Trying to please her father, she has a one-night stand with her long time friend and business partner which her father also wants her to marry. Unfortunately, they are better friends than lovers but Chelsea becomes pregnant. The day she plans to tell him is the day she finds out he is going to marry a former girlfriend. Without telling him she is pregnant, she throws herself into the granite business and renovates a farmhouse in her birth town. But all is not well. There are those who don¿t want an outsider in their town. But Chelsea is determined to find her heritage. In the process, she finds a half of her she never knew existed and a man who is willing to stand beside her through it all.
kagafan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Years ago, after two abusive relationships, I realized that I had stopped reading romance or any books with romance in them. I didn't like thinking that I'd lost such a vital part of myself to a couple of jerks, so I took my oldest daughter to the book store and we searched for a book (or books) that might help me find that missing part of myself again. After much searching, I bought THE PASSIONS OF CHELSEA KANE. I've read it several times since then, and it remains one of my all-time favorites because it helped me to heal.
globarrvers More than 1 year ago
This book is a romance novel with some mystery thrown in. Alone Together was a mystery with some romance thrown in.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Barbara's novels and read this one during and after the holiday season. It was a great relief and took me away from all the post-holiday blahs. I was quite drawn into the characters and setting of which mainly took place in Norwich Notch. It was triumphant and inspirational. I always know that I've read a good book when I am ambivalent about finishing it. I wanted to know the ending yet wanted more after it was done. I look forward to reading more of her books as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the first book I had time to read in a long time. I couldn't put it down. It's not the typical girly romance I thought it might be. It kept my interest from beginning to end (and yes I was sad it had to end).
harstan More than 1 year ago
Chelsea Kane always realizes that she was adopted but her family didn¿t want her to know anything about her biological parents. They destroyed all the records. When her mother dies, her lawyer gives to Chelsea an envelope postmarked Norwich Notch, New Hampshire. Before she makes the decision to go to the town of her birth, she makes love with her best friend and business partner Carl Harper.

She becomes pregnant but before she can tell Carl, he informs her he is marrying the woman who is carrying his twins. Needing a place to escape to and wanting to find out about her biological roots, Chelsea moves to the small conservative village of her birth, buys into a business and meets Judd Streeter who is Chelsea¿s foreman on the quarry site. While the two fight their growing feelings for one another, someone in town attempts to scare her into leaving, going so far as to trying to run her over and burning down her home.

It has been over eleven years since THE PASSIONS OF CHELSEA KANE was published but classics such as this stand the test of time and remain a strong read when reprinted. The relationship between the heroine and her love is so dynamic and explosive, sparks fly off the pages. The townsfolk are an interesting group who give color and atmosphere to the plot and demonstrate that even in a small hamlet, there remains a huge gap between the classes.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books to date. Barbara Delinski does a great job with creating chemistry between the characters. This book is a great escape for those of us who need to 'get away' sometimes.