Although she refuses to return to New York and the life she abandoned, Jessica and Lucas begin a correspondence that strengthens and sustains her. This lifeline helps her to return to the career from which she was cruelly wrenched, and to the man who steadfastly loves and believes in her. One hesitant step at a time, she begins her journey back to her art, and to a life where anything - even love - is possible.
©2008 Judith Michael; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I could not put this one down! I bought it despite mixed reviews because I was curious about the idea of letters (no email, no cell phones, I think the book was writtin the mid-90s). Judith Michael did a great job of developing the relationship gradually and convincingly and building the suspense, and the narrator delivered with feeling (and a little help from technology in the editing!). There were a couple of unconvincing secondary characters and the narration in the second half was a bit annoying (very difficult for male narrators with deep voices to sustain 2 female characters' voices for long). I found most of the surprises predictable, though, unlike "Deceptions" which I thought was an exceptional book when I read it more than 10 years ago.
The reader does a fine job but I found the story to be slow paced and rather depressing. The characters are hard to relate to and the heroine is rather unlikeable. I wouldn't want to spend any time with her in real life. The detail of the theater gets more and more boring as the story drones on. I literally found myself falling asleep during large chunks of the book and really didn't care much. It is ok but nothing great and I was relieved when it was over.
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