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Arden Gentry has lost one son. Can she regain her other son--the one she gave up at birth? And does she risk losing her husband when past secerts threaten to resurface? Sandra Brown takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster wit h her latest novel of a mother's love for her son and the secrets that could destroy everything she treasures.
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Overview

Arden Gentry has lost one son. Can she regain her other son--the one she gave up at birth? And does she risk losing her husband when past secerts threaten to resurface? Sandra Brown takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster wit h her latest novel of a mother's love for her son and the secrets that could destroy everything she treasures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551660950
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: Mira Bks.
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown
Already a successful romance novelist in the 1980s, Sandra Brown struck gold when she pushed past the category’s boundaries to take chances with more intricate plotting, richer characters, and surprising plot twists. Her string of bestsellers feature strong, capable career women in extreme circumstances.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

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  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 21, 2007

      big dissappointment

      I actually threw this book in the garbage after reading 50 pages. The thought of this woman actually looking at the son she gave up for adoption in a sexual fantasy way made me want to vomit. This was awful. The whole story line was so ridiculous. Sandra Brown should give up on writing romance novels. Stick to mysteries.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 6, 2006

      Love...Love...Love...

      Absolutely loved this story from begining to end!! Sandra Brown is an amazingly gifted writer and although I have not ready many of her books...I fell with the characters of this one and enjoyed feeling what they felt all the way through!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 22, 2006

      WONDERFUL BOOK

      This book is heartbreaking and a wonderul love story. I've read it several times and will read it several more time. I love Sandra Brown and have read all of her books. You just never know that she'll write about next. This book makes your heart stop and swell all at the same time. Just think what you would do in her place.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 23, 2006

      POIGNANT

      Wonderful story, heartbreaking at times, but that's what I loved about the book.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 30, 2001

      One of her best....

      This book had to be one of the best by her I've read....and thats plenty. The story plot was excellent, the twists of the story and strange ending made it a glorious work!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 5, 2000

      EXCELLENT LOVE STORY!

      This book was by far one of the best books that I have read of Sandra Brown. I started to read this book in the afternoon and was finished with it by dinner time. It kept my interest from beginning to end and I was sad that it ended. It was a great fantasy story that I totally got lost in and swept up in the romance. Also when Arden talks about her son I can feel her sadness, it tugged at the old heart strings. If you are into light hearted fantasy than this book is for you, I highly recommend this.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 31, 1999

      Great book!

      A very heartwarming love story. I've read almost all books of Ms. Brown except for her last two releases. This is the best book for me. I just didn't have an email before to write this up. I just wish that Sandra Brown will go back to this type of storytelling. Lately, the books that she published are not as good as her earlier writings.

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