Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up in a world of private schools and afternoon tea, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce was an outsider -- until she met Edilean Harcourt, sixty years her senior, but a kindred soul. ...
Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up in a world of private schools and afternoon tea, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce was an outsider -- until she met Edilean Harcourt, sixty years her senior, but a kindred soul. When Miss Edi dies, she leaves Jocelyn all her worldly possessions, which include clues to a mystery that began in 1941, set in a small town in Virginia that Joce has never heard of. But, because of her benefactor's notorious past, the townspeople know who Joce is, and they've plotted out her entire future, including who she is meant to marry. But Jocelyn has her own ideas about men -- and secrets that no one wants revealed.
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This is my first book by Jude Deveraux and frankly, I wasn?t impressed. The only ?real? characters seemed to be the ones who were deceased! The whole story line seemed contrived and odd (I love odd stories, but this gives odd a bad name).
There?s a love triangle ? that isn?t. It seems more like cousins? competition over a new toy. Characters disappear for long periods so the remaining twosome can have some quality time together. There are MAJOR secrets that most of the characters keep hidden from the heroine. I had little empathy for (on interest in) the heroine.
The plotting was off; there were stretches when nothing happened, there were no insights, and no one changed. The book seemed to drift until nearly the end ? and everything happened at once. I could not believe this author has been published since 1980.
The ending (relationships revealed) was beyond the pale; I couldn?t believe I spent so much time on such tripe. The book earned two stars for keeping me reading to the end -- long after I wanted to toss the book at a wall.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-05-25 When her dearest friend, Miss Edy, dies, Jocelyn Minton inherits a house in a small Virginia town. Although she didn't know her friend owned the house or had ties to the town, she settles into the big old house and finds herself intrigued by local history and tantalized by secrets from Edy's past. The abridgment keeps the story intact, but doesn't allow for enough of a listener's emotional investment to do the book justice. However, Gabra Zackman's calm delivery feels exactly right for the gentle romance and mild mystery. Her character voices are distinct, without exaggeration or broad drama, and make for easy and pleasant listening. An Atria hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2009-02-16 Family ties, smalltown values and unexpected love in picturesque settings have made Deveraux a longtime bestselling author, so it's no surprise she again delivers on her tried-and-true formula. Jocelyn "Joce" Minton, daughter of a Williamsburg, Va., debutante and a handyman, is alienated from her family after her widowed father marries a woman who is decidedly not debutante material and has a pair of selfish twins. Joce ends up in the care of an elderly neighbor, Miss Edi, who watches over the girl through college. When Miss Edi dies, she leaves Joce an ancestral manor house and a trove of secrets going back to 1941 that compel Joce to visit Edilean, Va., where she meets the local color, including a sexy lawyer and his sexier gardener cousin-who has a secret or two, himself. Alternating WWII battlefront tragedy with contemporary romance, Deveraux packs in something for every generation, from wicked supermodels to patriotic sacrifice, from planting an herb garden to DNA tests. For all the novel's coincidences and predictability, readers will find it hard to resist the charm of Edilean, the manor house, the town, the woman of many secrets and, of course, the series to follow. (Apr.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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