Not Exactly Eden

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When debutante Jenna Marsten breaks off her engagement a week before her wedding, she's sure life can't get any worse. But among the gifts to be returned is a strange statue...one that came anonymously. Further investigation reveals the statue is from a remote tribe of the Amazon rain forest- and that it came from Jenna's supposedly deceased father! Soon Jenna finds herself in Peru, seeking the love of the father who abandoned her and meaning for her fractured future. And Dr. Adam DeSanto-a handsome, bitter ...

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When debutante Jenna Marsten breaks off her engagement a week before her wedding, she's sure life can't get any worse. But among the gifts to be returned is a strange statue...one that came anonymously. Further investigation reveals the statue is from a remote tribe of the Amazon rain forest- and that it came from Jenna's supposedly deceased father! Soon Jenna finds herself in Peru, seeking the love of the father who abandoned her and meaning for her fractured future. And Dr. Adam DeSanto-a handsome, bitter widower who helps her father run a jungle hospital, and who happens to loathe "women like Jenna"-is only complicating matters. Then Jenna's life is put at risk. Helpless to save her, Adam cries out to the God he rejected at his wife's death. God hears and answers in ways neither Adam nor Jenna could imagine, finally resolving their pain and renewing their faith in Himself, the future-and each other.

About the Author:

Linda Windsor is the author of two contemporary romances and sixteen historical romance novels. She lives on Maryland's eastern shore in a restored eighteenth-century farmhouse with her husband, Jim, her grown children, and her mother. She and Jim have a music ministry and are lay leaders in their small country church. Linda says not only her children remain at home-their friends are usually there, too! She and Jim feel "truly blessed" to have such a warm and welcome place-most of the time.

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Roberta Blair
Seasoned with humor and a twist of adventure, Ms. Windsor's novel also packs an emotional punch as it confronts issues of rejection and unresolved grief. This romance is as captivating as the Amazon Rainforest in which it is set.
Romantic Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576734452
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/16/2000
  • Series: Palisades Pure Romance Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Cough, cough

    Not Exactly Eden. The novel's title was, I am afraid, the most clever portion of this saccharine ride to nowhere. Not Exactly Eden was yet another inane and disappointing example of aspiring 'Christian' writers, whose attempts produce nothing but messy, overdramatized emotions and weak, unhelpful religion. The heroine is a weak-minded, selfish, foolish little person who has no handle on her own emotions, while her love interest, DeSanto, is free to treat her with contempt and disrespect. Disappointing, predictable, and poorly written, Not Exactly Eden is nothing but an attempt to foist secualarized smut to a naive Christian audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    Its Not Eden?

    Not Exactly Eden is a wonderfull book. Its about a rich girl that goes to see her father, who lives in the jungle. For me it brought back both wonderfull and painfull memories. I have be to the jungle also and had the dreaded Jungle Feaver, and Linda described it so perfectly I could almost feel the pain again. But if you read this book I need to warn you, you will fall in love with Adam and want to go to the jungle also. :) It is a great book that will have you laughing and sighing all at the same time. Hi, Honey I'm Home, is a good one also. I like books that make me laugh and they both did. Linda, you did a great job on both, they are ones I read once and then a second time to see if I missed anyting the first time. I can't wait to read 'It had to be you'. It too sounds like a winner

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting inspirational romance

    In Boston, Jenna Marsten always knew that her aunt and uncle raised her after her mother died in a plane crash. What she did not know until recently is that her father, Dr. Robert Marsten, still lived in a remote section of the Amazon Jungle. When her fiancé. Scott Pierson delays their wedding day to accept a lucrative job in the middle East, Jenna feels relief and determination to ask her father why he abandoned her. <P>In South America, Jenna meets her father¿s partner, recently widowed Dr. Adam DeSanto. He has no time for the displaced socialite, especially after his first wife faded here. Though he escorts her through the jungle to see her father, he tries everything to persuade Jenna that this is NOT EXACTLY EDEN, but fails. A discomforted Jenna has a goal in mind. However, as she struggles with the primitive environment and he pushes her to go back to the States, Jenna and Adam begin to fall in love with one another. Still, there remain the varying relationships with Robert that could destroy the love between Jenna and Adam faster than the destruction of the rain forest. <P>With uplifting novels like HI HONEY, I¿M HOME and now NOT EXACTLY EDEN; Linda Windsor has become one of the leading lights of inspirational romances. Her latest tale blends the action and humor of ¿Romancing the Stone¿ with that of very human feelings caused by abandonment and grief. The lead couple is a fabulous dueling duet while Robert still mourns his wife¿s death. The rain forest takes on a character of its own with its savage beauty. Ms. Windsor has the ability to hearten her audience with her enriching delightful tales. <P>Harriet Klausner

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