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Forever Waiting: Colette's Appeal [NOOK Book]

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The gripping saga of the Duvoisins—an extraordinary American family both blessed and cursed—reaches a stunning conclusion. . . .

In the wake of heartbreaking tragedy and volatile revelations, the once-great Duvoisin family of Virginia teeters on the brink of disintegration. And trusted governess, Charmaine Ryan, suffers with them.

Their world has exploded—and aging patriarch, Frederic Duvoisin, desperately tries to salvage what remains of his...

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Overview

The gripping saga of the Duvoisins—an extraordinary American family both blessed and cursed—reaches a stunning conclusion. . . .

In the wake of heartbreaking tragedy and volatile revelations, the once-great Duvoisin family of Virginia teeters on the brink of disintegration. And trusted governess, Charmaine Ryan, suffers with them.

Their world has exploded—and aging patriarch, Frederic Duvoisin, desperately tries to salvage what remains of his shattered family. His mercurial son John has left, vowing never to return, taking a piece of Charmaine's heart with him. Paul, the roguish, illegitimate son and aspiring heir to the Duvoisin shipping empire, offers love to the vulnerable Charmaine. And Agatha, Frederic's shrewish wife, plots to destroy anyone who stands in her way. Haunted by the past, John returns, inadvertently unearthing the most devastating scheme of all.

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Publishers Weekly
Sisters Debra and Valerie Gantt finally complete the Colette trilogy (begun 30 years ago) with the story of Charmaine Ryan, governess to the late Colette Duvoisin's girls and heir to Colette's role as soul of the Duvoisins, a family of prosperous 19th-century plantation and mill owners. The novel is heavy with flashbacks and recaps intended to catch readers up with preceding events. It's now 1837, and Colette's widower, Frederic Duvoisin, wishes to make up for past mistakes, but son John remains estranged in Virginia while John's half-brother teeters on the brink of marriage. Meanwhile, Agatha Duvoisin continues to hatch sinister schemes, leaving hardworking heroine Charmaine to triumph the old-fashioned way: by not giving into anything but true love. The novel feels very much like a throwback to the staid romances written a generation or two ago, where a man's masculinity is silhouetted by a burning fire and love ignites when hero and heroine dance at a ball, then stroll alone together through a garden. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061959431
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 477,015
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

DeVa Gantt is the pseudonym for coauthor sisters Debra and Valerie Gantt, career women, homemakers, and mothers. They are the authors of two previous books in the Duvoisin family saga, A Silent Ocean Away and Decision and Destiny.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Just Wonderful!!!!

    Best series I have ever read, a real page turner. Great characters, great story!

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Loved it!

    You will not be disappointed, this is a fantastic series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2010

    An American Family!

    This book takes place in the middle of the 1800's about 20 years before the civil war. The main character Charmaine get's a job as governess to a very wealthy an influential family. What she doens't realize is that this family has more secrets than she can imagine. The story has many twists, and it always leaves you in suspense. The characters are intereresting and perfectly formulated to this story. I cried and laughed during all three novels. This final one was my favorite because of it's finality! It's truly a story that is captivating and I couldn't put the book down for three days. I reccomend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys a story about drama and romance. You honestly get so much of everything!!

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Worth the Wait

    I treated myself to an early Christmas gift with the purchase of this book. I have been eagerly awaiting its release. This is the third entry in the Collete trilogy and is just as captivating as the first two. It follows "A Silent Ocean Away" and "Decision and Destiny". This trilogy is an easy to read but hard to put down adventure in the lives of the members of the Duvoisin family. It is a "must read" for lovers of historical fiction.

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

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    a fine sweeping nineteenth century Americana

    In 1837 Virginia, Governess Charmaine Ryan fears the Duvoisin family empire will soon collapse. The aging patriarch widower Frederick struggles to keep the plantation and shipping empire afloat, but increasingly believes his efforts are futile as it seems too little too late. His son John left insisting he will never step on the Duvoisin Plantation again. His illegitimate son Paul wants to be the head of the shipping empire, but Frederick has doubts that is enflamed by his second wife Agatha who wants everything with no rivalry from his sons. Meanwhile Paul also insists he loves Charmaine while John comes home reluctantly. Although unsure how she feels about the two offspring, Charmaine will not allow the shrew to destroy her beloved Duvoisin clan as she promised Frederick's first wife Colette that she will tale care of the men.

    The final tale in the Colette's Prayer Duvoisin family saga (see Decision and Destiny: Colette's Legacy and A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion) is a fine sweeping nineteenth century Americana. The story line focuses deeply on the interrelation extended family dynamics of the Duvoisin brood using flashbacks to inform newcomers how the clan reached that point of implosion. Although the finish is too emoting and melodramatic, fans of the saga will relish the heavyweight championship battle between Charmaine and Agatha with the stakes being the souls of the Duvoisin family.

    Harriet Klausner

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