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Clara starts a journal which her husband reads without her permission. Clara believes in writing her thoughts and feelings down. Entries into her journal are meant for her eyes only. Too bad her husband Clemente doesn't believe that a person has a right to privacy. When he starts reading words not meant (but about) him, he is shocked to learn that Clara knows of his infidelities.
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Sadly, the millionaire developer and handsome catch who crooned smooth lines wasn't as smart as he believed. His side-chick of seven years who he thought was a secret, was not. He failed to pay close attention to his wife who had the gift of site and was often visited by the spirit of her grandmother who always brought a message. The signs and voices always gave Clara advanced warning of things that would cause her extreme distress.

His snooping also made him question whether Clara had grown tired of the lack of intimacy in their marriage and decided to have an affair of her own. Unable to discern whether she was making this part up, or if she had in fact cheated on him was driving Clemente mad.

He loses more cool points as he plays an on-going game of twenty questions with Clara in efforts to gain information. He wanted to know not only if she had stepped out on him, but also how she could have possibly learned of his affair when he had taken care to keep his improprieties discreet.

Clemente confides in Ana-Marie a former lover who he has remained friends with about the journal snooping. She tells him that a woman always has secrets and reminds him that Clara's illness (cancer) is a hard enough thing to manage. She listened as a friend while interjecting things that Clemente had never given thought to. She believes she is dying and along with the visits from spirits who love her in death as in life she is holding on the best way she knows how.

When Clara dies, Clemente returns to the journal and starts reading again from the beginning. He weeps for the being a poor husband to Clara and for his stupidity. It was too late, she was already gone.
He wouldn't be able to get an answer from her now and beat himself up for not asking her about it while she was alive.

He had to know for himself if Clara really cheated on him. Did she actually sleep with Lionel Hyde? Or, did she make it all up? He secures the man's home phone number from has his secretary. It takes him several months he doesn't use it, but after waking from a bad dream he finally decides to make the call. Mr. Hyde's wife answers and tells Clemente that Mr. Hyde is not at home, but should return shortly.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked that Clara was clever, her husband never figured out if she had an affair or wrote fiction in her journal.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was when Ana-Marie told Clemente he didn't know women as well as he believes.

Opinion about the main character: I disliked that Clara allowed Clemente think he was getting over on her.

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 13 Blue-Winged Teal scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Married, fooling around?    -   Yes Married Love Triangle?    -   One Woman Two Men

Main Character

Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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