Mira, Feb 2002, 22.95, 384 pp.
Joelle's best friend Mara Summers suffers a brain damaging aneurysm while giving birth. Joelle helps Mara's spouse Liam cope but soon falls in love with him. One night they lose control and make love. To her shock, after failing to become pregnant with her former husband who has since sired a baby with another woman, Joelle is expecting.
Liam remains divided between his love for Mara and feelings of guilt for his love for Joelle. Also feeling culpability, Joelle turns to ailing healer Carlynn, who once saved her life when she was stillborn and apparently dead at birth, to help Mara. Carlynn realizes she must heal Joelle and Liam, which will help Mara more than any miracle she might perform. As she nears death, Carlynn reveals to Joelle a secret shared by her spouse and the widow of her twin sister so that the latter might find a happy medium within this bizarre triangle.
Diane Chamberlain provides fans of relationship dramas with an interesting tale starring a strong ensemble that will remind the audience of the works of Barbara Delinsky and Belva Plain. The story line floats back forth between the present and the past, but never anchors the reader to either era. Still the characters are a powerful fully developed group whose struggles for love and happiness turn CYPRESS POINT into a pleasant tale that readers will appreciate.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner