Thirty-eight-year-old Mikaela Campbell lies in a coma. She's surrounded by her family: Liam, her devoted husband, and their two children Jacey and Lee. Her doctors have all but given up on Mikaela's recovery, but Liam knows there's one person in the world who might have the power to wake her - her first husband, Julian. An actor of world reknown, ...
Thirty-eight-year-old Mikaela Campbell lies in a coma. She's surrounded by her family: Liam, her devoted husband, and their two children Jacey and Lee. Her doctors have all but given up on Mikaela's recovery, but Liam knows there's one person in the world who might have the power to wake her - her first husband, Julian. An actor of world reknown, with devastating looks and money to burn, Julian was Mikaela's first, wildly explosive love. They met when they were young, and married after only a month. After a year, Mikaela asked Julian to choose between family life and the fast lane: he chose his career, and Mikaela chose her daughter, Jacey, and left Hollywood. Mikaela hasn't seen Julian for fourteen years and chose to keep the details of her first marriage a secret from her family. Years later in western Washington state, Mikaela met Liam and settled down to a quiet life. They had another child and established a stable, content family, but during Mikaela's coma, Liam discovers the secret of her past with Julian. Liam knows that by letting Julian into their lives, he could risk losing her forever, but he'll do anything just to see his wife wake up and smile again. This one selfless act sets in motion a journey of self-discovery for all of them.
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-03-20 Set amid the splendor of Washington State's North Cascade mountain range, Hannah's latest (after On Mystic Lake) borrows elements from soap opera, the silver screen and fairy tales to make a simple statement about the complications of love. Dr. Liam Campbell is devastated when his beloved wife, Mikaela, mother of two, suffers a horse-jumping injury that leaves her in a coma. His confusion escalates when he learns the identity of Mikaela's first husband: world-famous movie star Julian True. The biggest shock: True's is the only name she responds to. Liam senses that his Sleeping Beauty needs love to wake her up, but whose? Given the depth of his feelings for her, will he be brave enough to summon True for help, and so risk losing Mikaela forever in order to save her life? Scenes reminiscent of Kramer vs. Kramer occur where Liam tries to be mom to their nine-year-old son; the suds world takes over when Mikaela finally wakes, but with retrograde amnesia, thinking she's still married to True and with no memory of Liam; and It's a Wonderful Life brings the curtain down. In keeping with the popular convention of giving voice to spirituality, the novel employs religious overtones, which will please some readers while leaving others feeling molested by an angel. Mikaela and Liam are sweet characters, even relentlessly good ones, so many will find them likable even as they float smoothly toward an easy conclusion. 125,000 first printing. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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