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Sometimes the past cannot help but profoundly predict the future! Andrew Stuart-Gordon makes a decision in the present to live with the one love of his life, Annie, recently separated from her own husband, Mike. Simple enough, right? No, not quite!
Barbara Berot's novel is a story of romance unlike the majority of romantic novels being published today! For her characters can't just make their decisions and move on to create a different future. Andrew at first believes he can maintain his relationship with his wife, Janet, and Annie is led by Andrew to maintain her connection with Mike. But neither Andrew nor Annie realize the familial decisions made years earlier that involved subterfuge, infidelity, betrayal, possible murder and other deviant actions that are about to implode smack in the middle of their romance!
One person will seek to bribe Andrew into compliant abandonment of Annie. He also has no idea of how Andrew's intense passion will lead to action rather than passive acceptance, resulting in page-turning, searing plots and counterplots that leave the reader hanging on for the hoped-for yet not so inevitable conclusion.
How will vengeance and protection play out in these characters who phenomenally talk out the evolution of their past with everyone around them? What are the possibilities for characters who refuse to let go? What are those who are left in the dust of this whirlwind romance to do or not to do?
Barbara Berot is a master creator of plot and subplot. Her story seems more realistic because readers know it just isn't that easy to ignore the past and forge onward into the "happily ever after" scenario that passion imagines! Maintaining tension and connection, she deftly succeeds in compulsively drawing the reader into the complexities of this second novel of a series that will definitely be welcomed by her ardent readers! Also included are some lovely descriptions of Scotland's beautiful Highland country and France's luscious vineyard atmosphere.
Quite different and a refreshingly new approach to the typical romance novel!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on March 9, 2008