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Kensington, Jan 2002, 14.00, 256 pp.
ISBN: 1575669056

    Extremely successful historical author Victoria Hussey worries about her godson Orlando Manners who abruptly married Lindy within a week of meeting her. Still Victoria knows what it is like to fall in love at first sight as she reflects back on the first time that she met Orlando's Uncle Bruno, whom she believes never returned her feelings. Deep inside Bruno has loved Victoria too, but feels unworthy of her.
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    Rose, the daughter of Victoria's housekeeper Peg, is heartbroken because she has loved Orlando forever. Now Lindy is coming to meet Victoria and Peg knows she must keep Rose in line before her daughter causes trouble. However, that week in the nearby cottage shows to all how the hard working Lindy fails to fit in with this “me-me” crowd that includes her new spouse. Then there is what to do with THE VISITOR'S BOOK that she just received from Victoria that explains much about the death of Orlando's “parents”.

    When THE VISITOR'S BOOK focuses on relationships, readers have quite a serious comedy of errors. However, when the plot twists into a mystery it loses steam. The entanglements caused by adding one person into the various equations are cleverly written so that the audience observes a geometric impact on everyone. Surprisingly readers will feel empathy towards the outsider Lindy who is the only character not afraid to show her feelings without any layers of masks. Fans of deep relationship dramas will conclude that Caroline Upcher has done sub-genre readers a great favor with this gracefully flowing novel.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   working ordinary lives Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   laborer/blue collar

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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