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Publisher's Summary

Fern Michaels “makes every page shine” (Booklist) in this New York Times best seller that changes the face of true love - and proves it’s not always where you expect to find it....

Darby Lane and Russell Gunn had been inseparable friends since their days in the Horseshoe, the wonderful Baton Rouge neighborhood of their youth. But after graduate school, a tragic accident takes Russ’s life - and Darby’s world is shattered. Her long journey to healing brings her closer to Russ’s brother Ben, whom she begins to see through new eyes. Suddenly love blooms in the place of grief; and now, with the help of the three wily and colorful aunts who raised her, Darby faces the challenge of reuniting Ben with his estranged father - if she and her aunts can get through the conniving schemes of Ben’s social climber stepmother. Bit by bit, Darby discovers that loss can build new life - and love truly can conquer anything.

©2005 Fern Michaels (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fern Michaels's characters are real and endearing, her prose so natural that it seems you are witnessing the story rather than reading about it." (Los Angeles Times)

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A bit hokey - the storyline is built around tragic events but the story itself tends to be "soupy." An idyllic setting, idyllic gardens and homes and garden clubs followed by an idyllic romance - modern life superimposed on an antebellum southern lifestyle. Strange. But entertaining nonetheless - three southern ladies whose antics will tickle you and make it worth the read.

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Comparable to having a ravishing appetite and being fed a grape. Disappointing at best. Not what I was expecting.