Always in My Heart

Always in My Heart

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by Catherine Anderson
     
 

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Two years ago, Ellie Grant would have fallen apart at any reminder of her ex-husband, Tucker. But now she doesn't bat an eye when "their song" comes on the radio. She's unfazed by the thought of Tucker's perky new girlfriend. Ellie Grant is over him. And things are better for Tucker as well. The single life agrees with him. And certainly they've both done

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Two years ago, Ellie Grant would have fallen apart at any reminder of her ex-husband, Tucker. But now she doesn't bat an eye when "their song" comes on the radio. She's unfazed by the thought of Tucker's perky new girlfriend. Ellie Grant is over him. And things are better for Tucker as well. The single life agrees with him. And certainly they've both done a good job of being civil to each other, for their sons' sake.

But the kids aren't buying it. Zach and Kody are convinced that, deep down, their parents are still meant to be together. Up to their elbows in scheming and dreaming, the brothers hatch a plan: They'll run away from home into the Oregon wilderness and stay there until their parents agree to get back together. Surely Ellie and Tucker will come to the rescue—and to their senses.

Let the games begin and the sparks fly...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Superbly written."—Booklist

"A major voice in the romance genre."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the finest writers of romance. Her stories make you believe in the power of love."—Debbie Macomber

Publishers Weekly
Anderson's newest contemporary romance (after Sweet Nothings) is a maudlin, predictable story that could have been told in half the time it takes here. After their third son dies in a motorcycle accident, Ellie and Tucker Grant drive each other away. Now their surviving sons, Zach and Kody, have run away to an Oregon wilderness area in a last-ditch effort to reunite their grieving parents, who foolishly decide to track them instead of calling in assistance. Ellie and Tucker's reunion is mildly complicated by the presence of new dates (though both are so unpalatable, it's impossible to see why they were attracted to them in the first place); the real obstacle to their relationship, however, is the guilt and recriminations that hang between them. As the situation grows more dire, the author begins inserting clumsy references to God, but parents ultimately find children in a climax that borrows liberally from both Lassie and MacGyver. Throughout the book, Anderson struggles to sustain some kind of tension between her protagonists by frequently dragging their conversation back to the tragedy, but her efforts only end up making Ellie and Tucker seem hateful. With charmless characters, awkward prose and enough guilt to send even the reader into therapy, this derivative effort fails to live up to Anderson's previous books. (Aug. 6) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Ellie and Tucker Grant have adjusted nicely to their divorce and are enjoying their separate lives. Or so they say. Their two teenage sons, however, think that their parents are still in love, and they decide to do something about it. But their plan to force a reconciliation by running away to the Baxter Wilderness Area in Oregon has unintended results, and although everything does eventually work out, it doesn't happen easily. Emotionally involving, family-centered, and relationship oriented, this story is a rewarding read and should strike a chord with parents, divorced or not. Anderson (Sweet Nothings) is a noted author of heartwarming, historical romances; this is one of her recent contemporaries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451206664
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
538,476
Product dimensions:
4.35(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Superbly written."—Booklist

"A major voice in the romance genre."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the finest writers of romance. Her stories make you believe in the power of love."—Debbie Macomber

Meet the Author

Catherine Anderson lives in the Oregon mountains with her husband and her Rottweilers, Sam and Sassy, who seem convinced that they are teacup poodles and that obedience training is for people. Catherine spends leisure time with her family and friends, including her sons and daughter-in-law, often discussing intriguing story twists for her books. Such talks can draw curious stares if they happen to take place in a restaurant and involve plotting the demise of a fictitious villain.

An award-winning author of twenty published works, Catherine is currently working on her next full-length romance for Onyx.

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