Cliff House

Cliff House

by Deborah Perlberg
     
 

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When Mara Brightfield leaves New York for San Francisco, she knows a few things are on the line. Her writing career hinges on the completion of an article. Her relationship with publisher Dan Wallace is approaching a serious juncture. And her inspiration for both career and romance is dwindling.

With so much at stake, Mara proceeds cautiously when she first meets

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When Mara Brightfield leaves New York for San Francisco, she knows a few things are on the line. Her writing career hinges on the completion of an article. Her relationship with publisher Dan Wallace is approaching a serious juncture. And her inspiration for both career and romance is dwindling.

With so much at stake, Mara proceeds cautiously when she first meets Guy Levin. Wrapped up in his own whirlwind career, Guy is eager to sweep Mara along for the ride. Guy’s latest project is the restoration of Cliff House, a grand Victorian inn that once graced the rocky precipice over the Pacific Ocean. Cliff House is gone now—burned to the ground in 1907. But Guy is determined to resurrect the resort in all its awesome splendor.

Guy’s cause is winning, his intensity mesmerizing. But Mara must reconcile her past with her future—or risk losing herself forever.

Laced with intrigue and Gothic undertones, Cliff House explores the misty boundaries between dream, passion, and obsession.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On a trip to San Francisco motivated by a need to get away from her publisher and her fiance and by an assignment to write an article on walking tours, journalist Mara Brightfield is immediately swept into architect Guy Levin's obsession with the reconstruction of the legendary Cliff House. Perlberg's romance novel is less concerned with this clash between two opposites who attract than it is with the conflict between idealism and the spirit of compromise. An impractical dreamer, Guy seeks to keep his renovation project pure, but destructive forces seem to confirm the curse on the ill-fated mansion high above the sea. Mara, on the other hand, is the sort of person who cannot seem to finish anything she starts--but doesn't hesitate to rearrange a friend's living room or to step in behind the scenes to interfere with Guy's work. The writing here is smooth and cogent, but Guy would have made a far more interesting and estimable protagonist than the feckless, dependent Mara, who earns the criticism of those who know her best--and whose cynicism taints Perlberg's effort. (Aug.)

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ISBN-13:
9780871316097
Publisher:
Evans, M. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1990
Series:
Novel of Romance Ser.
Pages:
208

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