Bantam, May 2004, 24.00
Artist Anna Russell raises her ten years old autistic daughter Rachel by herself with only assistance from her own mom. In fact she never told her daughter's father David Mortimer that he sired a child. However, everything changes for Anna when a car accident leaves her in a comatose state. Anna's mother Grace decides it is time for Englishman David Mortimer to learn he is a father. The call shakes the school teacher, who has sublimated his heart and needs into loneliness ever since Anna abruptly left him without a word to return to the States.
David resigns though his students are taking their exams because he knows he must go to Boston to awaken his two women, one the adult he always loved and the other the child he never knew lived. As she remains in a coma, David wonders why she left him and if she awakens will she dispatch him back across the Atlantic? As he and Rachel hit it off in some lovingly father-daughter relationship, he remembers a potential key to waking up Sleeping Beauty, Anna's passion for rare flowers.
A ROAD THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS is a character driven poignant love story starring three delightful protagonists. Anna is an enigma as the audience will ponder along with David why she left him. Hearts will go out to Rachel suffering from autism with little hope to communicate yet David finds way to reach her. David loves his two ladies, but must overcome his fears of intimacy caused by his beloved leaving him.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner