In this unforgettably sensual love story, Suzanne Brockmann creates a portrait of two daredevil survivors, tested by sorrow and bound by destiny to heal each other's wounds.
©1998 Suzanne Brockmann; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
Not nearly as engaging as the first book of the series. Rather bland, really, for a Suzanne Brockmann book.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
It was a good, solid story. In the beginning. Liam's agreement to be the guardian of a 22 year old raised my feminist hackles, but I was also skeptical of Marisala, who seemed to speak & jump in with both feet before thinking. It was very hard to picture her carefully planning the attacks by the rebels she supposedly led. Her inviting a homeless couple to Liam's home shocked me. But Marisala's stock rose & rose as the book went on - she originally knew what she wanted and how to get it and expressed her emotions; I saw Liam more and more as bottled up and dysfunctional, and, really, not good enough for Marisala. The twist came when she tried to pretend & hide her feelings as Liam did as a way of life. It was a good resolution.
I liked how my perception of Marisala changed. It wasn't that her character developed - it was that I did!
VERY VERY VERY good reader. Thoroughly enjoyable. The voice of Marisala rang totally true.
Oh, there were many. Three in particular were: 1) The story of the pregnant woman in the cell next to Liam's. 2) The story of how they broke him in the prison. 3) Liam's column in the newspaper.
When she decided to play a role, never leading but always following, because that's what she thought Liam wanted, I was very disappointed with her for mistakenly believing she should pretend this way, hiding her real self. But I recalled being in my 20s & trying to be perfect in appearance, and I could see how this could happen - because she thought being somebody else was the only way to be with Liam. It was a bit frustrating that she packed up rather than communicating with Liam - on every other issue she was all but psychic but on this one issue she was totally off the mark. Liam became less of a prize as the book wore on. He really needed help. Have to trust he'll continue to progress with Marisala in his life.
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