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They met beside the brilliant blue bayou. She was an innocent girl, and he was a reckless and angry boy. Claire Chamberlain believed in dreams, and Cole Taylor believed in nothing at all. Cole had no reason to believe - until her. They pledged their love beneath the silver winter moon. But the hopes of Cole and Claire were destined to be drowned in blood. Now, twelve years later, Cole has returned to Harlanville. He has found fame as a singer of love songs. And Claire? Her life has changed, irrevocably, yet she ...
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They met beside the brilliant blue bayou. She was an innocent girl, and he was a reckless and angry boy. Claire Chamberlain believed in dreams, and Cole Taylor believed in nothing at all. Cole had no reason to believe - until her. They pledged their love beneath the silver winter moon. But the hopes of Cole and Claire were destined to be drowned in blood. Now, twelve years later, Cole has returned to Harlanville. He has found fame as a singer of love songs. And Claire? Her life has changed, irrevocably, yet she has found a private peace - such a fragile one that Cole's very presence shatters her precarious serenity. And now Cole is asking her to do the impossible, to come away with him, to London. Claire knows he will break her heart again. But she will be with him, she has to be, for as long as she can bear the pain. Claire's is not the only endangered heart in London. A murderer has sent Lady Sarah Pembroke an engraved Valentine invitation - to her own death. And is Claire's girlhood friend afraid of the knife-wielding monster? Hardly. The Global News's star correspondent, the woman who feels oddly sane amid the madness of war, has her own private demons, memories far more fearsome than a murderer who chooses the most romantic day of the year to inflict his lethal terror. But neither Sarah's past nor the killer stalking her are as terrifying as Jack Dalton, the FBI consultant determined to save Sarah's life. Jack needs Sarah's help in his exhaustive, careful search for clues. But remarkably, and infuriatingly, Sarah resists. Sarah will not tell Jack the intimate information he needs to know. She cannot. And yet it is as if he already knows her anguished secrets, cares for her more than he should, and wants more from Lady Sarah Pembroke than she can ever give.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In one of those odd publishing confluences, Stone's Pearl Moon new novel is the second of early 1996 to feature a serial killer who slays on Valentine's Day the other being Tom Savage's Valentine, Forecasts, Jan. 8. It's the first, however, in which a heroine professes expertise in recognizing killers' eyes: "sometimes glistening, sometimes shimmering with lust, sometimes flat, unseeing and dead." Thus she can determine that one fellow isn't a homicidal maniac, for though his eyes "glinted with the unrelenting intensity, there was gentleness as well." If this sort of writing makes readers want to close their own eyes, they'd better pass on this tale of love lost and found, the plot of which is as overheated as the prose. The story features two ladies in distress. One is the blind Claire Chamberlain, who's in London at the invitation of her long-lost great love, Cole Taylor, now a famous singer. The early part of the novel limns the genesis of their relationship, and of the day Cole, years before that, gave away his little brother to save him from their father's beatings. The other woman in trouble is Claire's also long-lost pen pal, Lady Sarah Pembroke, eye-expert and news correspondent, who is targeted by the Valentine's Day murderer. Also on tap are FBI consultant Jack Dalton, who falls in love with Sarah; gifted sculptor Lucas Cain, who harbors a secret involving one of the women; and Lucas's wife, Emma, who doubts his love. What connects everyone to the murderer? If one of them isn't the killer, who is? Does Cole find his brother? Can these hapless souls solve their problems and find happiness? Readers will decide whether the answers are important. Apr.
Library Journal
Stone's last romance, Pearl Moon (LJ 2/1/95), sold more than 75,000 hardcover copies. In Imagine Love, three women confront their pasts in order to find love.
Melanie Duncan
When Cole Taylor left Harlanville 12 years ago, he never planned to return. The violence of his father's death drove him away, and the trauma followed him into an international singing career. But thoughts of his childhood sweetheart, Claire Chamberlain, draw him back to Harlanville, where he discovers her existing in a dark world and so offers her a ray of hope and a new life in London. In London, Claire meets her childhood pen pal Lady Sarah Pembroke, a war correspondent who is being stalked by a serial killer from the U.S. An FBI consultant to Scotland Yard tracking the serial killer shadows Sarah's every move, seeming to know her deepest secrets, and determined not to lose the woman he's falling in love with to a lunatic. With this tightly woven, suspenseful plot, peopled with memorable characters, Stone has produced another surefire hit. Considering previous novels such as "Pearl Moon" (1995), she just seems to get better each time.
Kirkus Reviews
In ultra-purple prose, the author of Pearl Moon (1995) and others returns with another three-coupled romance, once again leading six worthy souls through tough-time purgatory into true- love heaven.

Gray-eyed Cole Taylor is the Heathcliff stand-in here, a rough boy who is befriended by an elfin forest girl, redheaded Claire Chamberlain. Cole has been badly abused by his father, Jed. One night as he tries to murder his son, Jed himself is killed, and Cole is forced to flee small-town Harlanville, Louisiana, eventually returning home a wealthy, world-famous singer. But when Cole seeks out his bayou sweetheart, he finds that Claire is blind—the result of a car accident on her wedding day to another. Divorced now, and still a virgin (the marriage was never consummated), Claire joins Cole in London to help track the baby brother he gave away many years before at a truck stop in West Texas so that the little boy could grow up in a loving home. In London, Claire meets her British pen pal, Lady Sarah Pembroke, not only a world-famous war correspondent but a lonely, bourbon-drinking "ice queen" now being threatened by a serial killer. FBI consultant Jack Dalton is sent to rescue Sarah, who's been so emotionally wrecked that she can't envision anyone loving her. As a young woman, Sarah was kidnapped and raped, then gave birth to a baby girl she believed was born dead. In truth, the infant was secretly switched with the dead child of a Cornwall couple—Emma and "menacingly sexy" sculptor Lucas Cain. Emma, unconscious after a Caesarean, didn't know that her child wasn't really her biological daughter. By the close, however—improbably if predictably—there'll be happy endings all around.

Soap at its most operatic, though the playing on the heartstrings occasionally strikes an affecting emotional note.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517300909
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Katherine Stone is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including Happy Endings, Illusions, Promises, Rainbows, and Pearl Moon. A physician who now writes full-time, Katherine Stone and her husband, author Jack Chase, live near Seattle.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    A MUST READ!! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!

    Katherine Stone is my absolute favorite author of all time! I started read her books in the late 80's and I have never been disappointed. In each book I am surprised at the ending. There is always a twist when you think you know how it's going to end. I used to own all the books and am now replacing them with the e-book version. Love, Love, Love!

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