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Nancy's Notes February 21, 2008

“The Secret Between Us” by Barbara Delinsky, “Everlasting" by Kathleen Woodiwiss, “The Heir” by Barbara Bradford Taylor

          I was reading the new Barbara Delinsky last week and set the book down so the back cover was facing me. There was a sticker informing book clubs that Delinsky would visit clubs per speaker-phone if her schedule allowed. I e-mailed her the next day and asked that she try to schedule us for our fall kick-off. We are now in the middle of ironing out the details. She will hold a 30 minute question and answer session with members. The book is yet to be determined as well as a date.

            The Delinsky book I was reading is entitled “The Secret Between Us”. Deborah is a recently divorced mother who has custody of her two children.  She lets her teenage daughter,Grace,drive home from a friend’s house on a very rainy, dark evening. Neither Deborah nor Grace see the pedestrian they hit and who later dies. Deborah sends her daughter home after the accident to check on her younger brother who is home alone. Trying to save her daughter from the trauma of interviews with the police the mother leads officials to believe she was driving the car. The lies escalate when the widow sues for damages. Deborah learns the trauma of dishonesty can be greater than facing the truth.

            Romance fans enjoy Kathleen Woodiwiss. We recently acquired “Everlasting”, an historical romance. The central character, Abrielle, is the desire of every nobleman in London. She is known for her breeding, wit and beauty. But when her stepfather is denied his rightful title and the wealth that comes with it, Abrielle finds herself suddenly disgraced and an unsuitable match. The only one who will have her is grotesque Desmond de Marle. Legend has it Desmonds’s first two wives perished by his hand. No one can rescue Abrielle’s once-proud family honor and keep her stepfather from debtor’s prison, so she’s left no choice but to accept deMarle’s offer.

            “The Heir” is the newest novel by Barbara Bradford Taylor. At the age of thirty-three Edward Deravenel has survived years of betrayal, threats from enemies, and a war that ravaged his country. He is now king of his company. It is 1918 and an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country. Edward and his family have a business to protect. Matters become complicated by the wrath of his wife Elizabeth, who is suspicious of Edward’s relationships with other women, and the need for an heir to keep the Deravenel name alive. Tragedy continues to get in the way. The choices for the next heir include a loyal caretaker, a rumormonger, a charming young woman, a sickly boy, and a descendent of the family Edward ousted from power years before.

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