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“For every heart there is one love, one dream.” This quote found in the cover of Luanne Rice's True Blue shows that true love is complicated and powerful. Rumer and Zeb have been friends and have had passionate feelings for each other ever since but they are never a couple because Zeb married Elizabeth, Rumer's sister. Zeb's love for Elizabeth is like a shooting star. He sees it right away; it goes deep, and disappeared fast. Zeb crosses path with Rumer again and feels like he has found something that he has been looking for in a long time. True Blue is not just a story about love but a story about family, hope, dreams, and life. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read books that makes them fall in love and appreciate changes in life.
This report prepared by Lyka Tabug





Bantam, Aug 2002, 7.50, 476 pp.
ISBN: 0553583980

In Hubbard's Point, Zebulon Mayhew and Rumer Larkin became best friends when they were five. They remained best friends until they were fifteen when her older sister Elizabeth caught Zeb's attention and not just with his peaking through the blinds. Eventually Zeb and Elizabeth marry, move away, have a child, but ultimately divorce as he goes to NASA and she goes Hollywood. A hardened (at least towards humans) Rumer becomes a veterinarian vowing to never give her heart away again.

Two decades later Zeb comes home to New England accompanied by his seventeen-year-old son. When Zeb sees Rumer at a wedding, he knows what he lost though he also believes Michael was worth the price. He wants Rumer permanently in his life, but must compete with her boyfriend and the specter of his former wife as he realizes he married the wrong sister.

Luanne Rice is always a TRUE BLUE dependable author who consistently provides powerful gut wrenching contemporary romances that grips the audience because the characters seem like you and me. The story line of TRUE BLUE uses flashbacks to depict the childhood relationships between mostly Zeb and Rumer, but also separately between the lead protagonists and Elizabeth. Though Elizabeth appears too childishly contemptible to be considered even as a rival, fans of relationship dramas will relish Ms. Rice's strong novel.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man--two sisters Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   rekindling love after long time

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   scientist    -   engineer Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   doctor/medical Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lot of descript of animal care Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60%    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing Focus of story    -   equally on him and her    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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