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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enjoyable relationship drama

    Will Adams¿ plan to sire a future President of the United States needs revision when his son Danny dies in an accident. Will realizes none of his three remaining children are presidential material. He deigns daughter Liz to marry the right candidate so that the Boston powerbroker can one day turn his son-in-law into the President. Liz marries her father¿s selection Michael Barton. They have three children and over the next two decades Michael¿s political career takes off under the tutelage of Will. <P>In 2000, Michael runs for the presidency. However, as Will¿s dream nears completion, he suddenly dies. Liz finds herself adrift without the benefit of her ¿lord and master¿ to tell her what to do. She flees to the family estate to search for the real Liz. There she meets her former love Josh Miller, who is also running for the highest office in the land. As Liz seeks her own identity, she wonders which one is the best man, her spouse or her former lover, to gain the real prize of the election: her heart. <P>THE SUMMER HOUSE is an entertaining contemporary romance that centers on the impact of a patriarch dictating how his children, even as adults, spend their lives. The story line is fun for anyone who enjoys political thrillers or something that reads like a fictionalized account of the Kennedys. The anguish of the lost Liz will simultaneously touch readers yet leave them wondering what¿s wrong with this rich lady. The support ensemble provides political and romantic motives to the tale and it works because they enable Jean Stone to write a passionate pot boiler. <P>Harriet Klausner

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