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Posted May 19, 2006
This One Will Make You Smile - The Ugly Duckling Wins The Day!
I have read a few novels now by Susan Wiggs ¿ Miranda, The Firebrand, Horsemaster¿s Daughter & A Summer Affair. All extremely good ¿ especially the last two (which are a series). In Halfway to Heaven she does it again. This story was extra fun because we can all empathize and feel for a leading lady who is less than beautiful, less than graceful, less than perfect ¿ just like most of us ¿ we can relate to Abby in this story. She was more brains than beauty, more deep thought than wisdom and more science than mystery. But¿she was charming all around. It just took a very discerning eye to see the real woman beneath the surface. Her father missed it. Her sister even missed it. The world around her certainly missed it. But¿our leading hero, didn¿t miss it. He saw it clearly. Jamie saw her as a boring, brown wren at first ¿ much as the rest of the world did. But¿upon deeper viewing he saw a lovely bird ready to spread its wings and soar with the right guidance. His guidance. Mind you¿Jamie had his own needs to be met ¿ getting in with the right politicians to get his agenda fulfilled in Congress but, he didn¿t mind playing fixer upper with Abby along the way since her father was an important connection locally. His assistance in polishing Abby into a social butterfly with the right clothes, social graces and dancing charm was much needed. Along the journey of evolvement to a real woman Abby made him laugh, think, and explore the world in ways he had forgotten. Abby managed to break past his polished and handsome exterior to find the real man beneath the surface. Jamie¿s friends missed the true man beneath. His family missed it. The world around him missed it. But, our leading lady Abby saw it. She saw Jamie for the wonderful man he was. Complete with dark memories, deep loss, lost first love, scars and all. Her ability to see deep changed him as well. Nothing is more soul stirring than hearing a man tell a woman she made him better than he could ever hope to be. Abby did that for Jamie. And in turn, Jamie made Abby a complete woman. I loved how Abby developed into a confident and courageous woman by the books end ¿ she took what she wanted instead of waiting for the world to give it to her. I loved how Jamie realized the past must be just that and he can only have a future by looking forward. Being apart, they realized they were stranded on earth ¿ and alone. By being together, they were already halfway to heaven. SW rarely goes into a lot of details in her love stories in terms of physical intimacy or relations. She makes you feel the longing, the hurt, the confusion and all the love that is between the main characters and because she is so good at this, I rarely miss the love scenes. If anything, the emotional tugging she does to your head and heart are more powerful than any ¿quickie¿ could be. If you have not found this author yet, I would recommend you do so. She always writes a great story ¿ realistic and easy to follow and creates moving and memorable characters. She is on her game and it¿s a pleasure to buy her books. Happy reading!
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