Mira, Jul 2002, 23.95, 464 pp.
Though the sex lacks passion, Faith Bronson believes her life is nearly perfect, as she loves her husband David, the Director of the family foundation Promise Our Children. However, her fifteen years of marital bliss ends when Faith finds David in bed with his lover, journalist Abraham Stein. David comes out of the closet, but Promise Our Children invokes the morality clause of his contract that leaves the Bronsons broke.
Faith and her two children move into the dilapidated Georgetown house that has been in her mother's family for years while David and Abraham openly live together. Faith investigates the history of her new residence where her newborn sister vanished almost four decades ago in a kidnapping that has never been solved. She looks to renovate her new home, which introduces Faith to Pavel Quinn. They are attracted to one another, but he hides secrets that tie back to her family and she grieves her previous relationship while helping her devastated children regain their mental health.
PROSPECT STREET is an exciting character study that shreds the mental masquerades that individuals use to avoid emotionally shattering situations. The story line focuses on Faith as she redefines herself while trying to repair the damage done to the psyche of her two children, especially the teenager. Readers will question the motives of why Faith allowed pride to refuse needed assistance from her parents and why her prominent father put strings on his helping his beleaguered grandchildren as if the well being of Remy and Alex is a secondary concern. Emilie Richards provides a thought provoking tale that peels away the visages that people use to hide scarred inner essences from ridicule.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner