With Carson Springs still reeling from Samantha Kiley's romance with a charismatic younger man, her best friend, Gerry Fitzgerald, fires up the town with another scensational scandal. The child Gerry gave up for adoption twenty-eight years ago-and kept a secret from her two children and ex-husband-has come back into her life looking for answers. Now a successful attorney engaged to her childhood sweetheart, Claire Brewster defied her parents to go looking for her biological mother and family-most of whom are not eager to have her back. Claire winds up falling for another man, and in the meantime Gerry's feelings for her lover, renowned symphony conductor Aubrey Roellinger increase. But it isn't until an accident nearly claims the life of one of Carson Springs own that Gerry finds the courage to let go of old fears and take a step into the unknown.
This report prepared by Boppy
Viking, Jun 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
In Carson Springs, Californian recently divorced Geraldine Fitzgerald still feels guilty over the infant she gave up for adoption almost three decades ago. Gerry was a novice in love with a priest. When she became pregnant, she gave up her vows to give birth to the girl that still haunts her though she has two other children teenage Andie and preadolescent Justin from her recently ended marriage. Unable to resist, Gerry begins a successful search to locate her lost Claire.
On Christmas Day, Gerry calls Claire, a discontented attorney. Two caring parents who worry about her all the time have raised Claire. Though she knows they love her, she feels that at twenty-eight she is an adult and needs some air from their smothering concern. Curious, Claire agrees to meet with her biological mother over the objections of her adopted parents and the jealous anger of Andie. Whatever happens from this mother and adult child “reunion”, the meeting will alter the other relationships with others in their spheres.
The return to Carson Springs (see STRANGER IN PARADISE) is an engaging relationship drama for those readers who desire an overwhelming TASTE OF HONEY in their novels. The story line is loaded with numerous subplots, all of which are soap opera in nature, but fun to peruse because the cast is inviting and alive. Even with the sugary fluff, Eileen Goudge provides a deep adult undercurrent mindful of Gibran's bow and arrow metaphor to describe the relationship between parents and children.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner