Warner, Apr 2003, 19.95, 242 pp.
In the early 1980s, Annie Hollerman worked as a journalist at a respected newspaper. The star reporter Andrew Binder was her boyfriend. Together they were dubbed A-squared and expected to run the NY Times soon. However, at twenty-six her rising career implodes due to an error on her part that leads to the editorial brass firing her and Andrew subsequently dropping her.
Two decades later, Baltimore Star News features editor Jack DePaul, the divorced father of an adult son through a mutual friend meets Annie. He feels he has encountered his soul mate. However, the literary agent is wary of males so Jack begins a campaign to win her heart. Ignoring the classic courting with flowers and candy, Jack scribes a series of romantic emails that picture a life together if they had only met twenty years ago. As he rewrites their separate pasts into one of togetherness, she knows that he cannot reedit the scandal she caused back in Carolina. Annie ponders confessing her mistake that ended her reporting career though the risk of telling him could lead to Jack ending their loving relationship.
Whoever said males can't do romance need to read THIEF OF WORDS. This is a terrific second chance tale starring two charming lead protagonists. Annie is a haunted heroine who the audience adores and will want her to find happiness or at least contentment. Jack is a closet romantic whose email courting seems so modern yet so old fashioned. John Jaffe has provided a powerful contemporary romance that shows love can happen to anyone, but especially those young at heart.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner