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Posted May 23, 2012
"CLEVER, POWERFUL, PASSIONATE!"
Paul Michael Goodwin owns his own business, Goodwin Frozen Foods. It's 1954, everything to Paul was money and for his business to boom in growth and wealth, he made a major business deal. He would become partners with David VanBuren, then plan to have his only daughter marry David. For the benefit of business, not a bad idea, for one exception, Claudia didn't like anything about David. She found him extremely boring, didn't like his attitude, nor did she enjoy going to the opera. To make matters worse, Claudia lives in an era, dominated by men, and she never won an argument with her father. At the age of nineteen, while attending college, her father informed her of his big plan. Although she was against her father's wishes, she married David anyway, because she was pregnant and thought her decision was the only choice she could make. She tries to make the marriage work, despite David's commands and demands, but deep inside, she was miserable. The drama gets hot-and-heavy when Claudia finds out that David and Max were buying a diamond mine. Who was Claudia's true love, and did she have his child? A multi-million dollar business was brewing, was Claudia happy? Who was Adam, and what kind of relationship did Claudia have with him? When Max got sick, what did Claudia tell him? Was David ever aware of his brother's feelings for Claudia? I highly recommend this intriguing book to all fiction lovers, who enjoy drama, mixed with romance. Cindy Davis delivers an incredible story of love, courage, and strength. The setting fits like a glove, the characters come to life, and the drama becomes intense page-after-page. "COLD AS ICE" is as entertaining as CASABLANCA, as dramatic as REVENGE, and as romantic as THE COURAGE TO LOVE.
Posted November 20, 2011
This book evoked a wonderful mixture of emotions. The imagery was vivid; the well developed characters kept me invested in the story, and the author captured the story¿s time periods very nicely.
Claudia Goodwin, the main character, instantly captured my interest. I loved her spunk, which was quite evident when she became caught in a web of her family¿s demands.
When her father, a frozen food business owner, assumed Claudia would marry another business owner¿s son, to enable the family business to merge and grow, she was appalled. How could he even suggest such a thing, and act as if she would consider it? She barely even knew David VanBuren. What she did know about him had her convinced he wasn¿t a man she would even date¿much less marry. On the other hand, she knew David¿s playboy brother, Max. Now that hunk of a man was someone she¿d gladly marry!
Even though Claudia adamantly refused the arranged marriage¿it fell on deaf ears. No matter what she did or said, her parents continued with the wedding plans. David certainly didn¿t help matters. He acted as if she was already his, despite the fact she loved another man.
Once Claudia found out she was pregnant, marrying David seemed like the only viable solution. She did so, and was a dutiful wife, even though he undermined her every turn. After he sold her father¿s business and decided to go into the diamond business with his brother, Max, she was thrown between them¿a place she wasn¿t so sure she could handle.
I don¿t want to give too much away, but this story continued through several decades. As I traveled the twists, I was constantly surprised at each turn. Claudia was strong and resilient; a real survivor in a man¿s world of the 50¿s, 60¿s and throughout the years. She was a mother, wife and businesswoman, and made a name for herself despite every obstacle.
I highly recommend Cold as Ice. It will keep you up late at night, because you will not be able to put it down.
Posted November 5, 2011
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