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This is the story of Sabine Heartwood, whose feelings mirrored Dorothy Gale's in the Wizard of Oz in the belief that "there's no place to home". The tricky part for Sabine, however, was that her only home growing up was on the road with her gypsy-esque, fortune-teller mother, Ruby Heartwood. It is also the story of Danford ("Dan") Smith, who was reluctantly brought back home to take care of the affairs of his dying grandmother and mentally-handicapped uncle. The story unfolds as Sabine and Dan's lives are intricately woven together in an intriguingly romantic fashion!
This book was the definition of a mystical, suspenseful and, above-all, romantic search for the true meaning of "home". A revelation of pure and destined love! I am looking forward to reading more of Susan Wilson!
The main characters: Ruby, Sabine, and Dan are nicely drawn and you root for them through their trials and tribulations. As the book cover describes, Sabine is a woman without a history looking for a home of her own and Dan is a man with too much history looking to escape his home. Ruby, the "fortune teller" with no history has dragged Sabine from town to town, never never explaining why they cannot settle in one place for longer than six months. It's no wonder that Sabine wants to put down roots in a small town like Moose River Junction, a town rich with colonial history and not much current history. She meets Dan who is tied to the town as an ancestor of the founding fathers and by a deathbed promise. The eventual happy ending is reached after Sabine, Dan, and Ruby face up to past secrets and Sabine learns a secret of the town's history.
Anyone familiar with New England, the Berkshires in particular, will delight in the descriptions of the town and the spectacular views. This book is also enhanced by lively supporting characters that are realistically drawn. Dan's uncle Nagy is a sweetie and the yuppie couple who build the *perfect* colonial home and get more "colonial" than they bargain for are hilarious.
The story touches on interesting topics such as: psychic powers, fate and what makes a home. Sabine's powers of perception are delicately and realistically drawn, not bogus-sounding. The tidy ending makes sense of the fateful decisions that caused the lives of Sabine, Ruby, and Dan to intersect.
I adored all of the characters, particularly Danforth and Sabine. At last, a strong romantic hero who does not have to be an alpha male and a multilayered heroine. Sensually delightful and well as intellectually.
No wonder it was selected as one of the top books of 2002 by Library Journal--it is well worth reading. Sorcha MacMurrough
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The writing is easy to read, gives specific examples (which I compared to my own experiences with eye-opening results)and is thought-provoking, to say the least. I recommend this book for any woman who has experienced gender discrimination -- it will help you cope more effectively, with positive results both career-wise and personally.
More importantly, I recommend this book to any woman who thinks she has not been discriminated against because of her gender. Chances are, she is inadvertently championing the discrimination cause. As Ms. Solovic points out, in many ways, women are their own worst enemies. It's time we recognized it, and work together to stop it.
I added this book to my company library, and made it recommended reading for every manager (male and female) in my organization.
Little has changed in the last 50 years except that there are more women in titled positions. With these titles came no change in the lack of independence from male persuasion in decision making. We're still doing it their way.
Time for women to step up to the plate, read Solovic's book and march to our own drummers.
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This book is similar to Nick Wise's book COURTNEY LOVE in that it has a lot of great pictures, and the text really is incidental to the photos. The text is, well, not even necessary. This is a great compilation of pictures of Courtney and Hole, and it shows Hole in its very early days before Courtney's persona had overshadowed the band completely. Yes, there are even pictures of her before the nose job! :) (I think she looked cute with her original nose!)