Passion's Shadow

Passion's Shadow

3.0 1
by Nicole Conn
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Lindsay Brennan is a Portland architect whose devotion to her work takes the place of other things in her life. Sondra Pinchot, an interior designer, has always depended on the comfort of alcohol. And Samantha, Sondra's dutiful daughter, is trapped in an affair that's become nothing but a habit. Now fate brings the three women together and their private addictions…  See more details below

Overview

Lindsay Brennan is a Portland architect whose devotion to her work takes the place of other things in her life. Sondra Pinchot, an interior designer, has always depended on the comfort of alcohol. And Samantha, Sondra's dutiful daughter, is trapped in an affair that's become nothing but a habit. Now fate brings the three women together and their private addictions give way to deeper passions. But sometimes love can be an addiction too. HC: Simon & Schuster.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Conn, a screenwriter best known for the lesbian-themed film Claire of the Moon (which she later adapted into her first novel), explores a lesbian love triangle in which a mother and daughter fall in love with the same woman. Unfortunately, with its slick melodrama and vapidly developed themes, this book also reads like a novelized version of a screenplay. Lindsay Brennan, a successful if workaholic architect who divides her time between Seattle and Portland, develops a sexual relationship with Sondra Pinchot, an attractive middle-aged interior designer who, until meeting Lindsay, had been heterosexual. After the women become partners on an important, lucrative architectural/design project, Sondra's uncontrollable alcoholism grows evident, and the affair dissolves. When Samantha, Sondra's married daughter, who is also an interior designer, sends her mother to an alcoholic treatment center and assumes her workload on the project, a much more intense love relationship evolves between Lindsay and Samantha. Both mother and daughter, upon learning of the other's affair with Lindsay, must deal with their alarm; the real conflict, however, is Lindsay's workaholism, which threatens to destroy her relationship with Samantha. Throughout, Conn emphasizes the ways and language of various Twelve Step programs, and readers not attuned to these may bristle at the emphasis. But in any case, despite the ``incestuous'' overtones to the love triangle, this tale is really just a routine, if chic, romantic potboiler. Author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Conn (Claire of the Moon, LJ 7/93) here targets straight women as well as lesbians. Opening with a car accident whose victim is unknown, her romantic novel focuses on events leading up to the crash, with several characters as possible victims. The story concerns Lindsay, a talented, attractive, and driven architect. Through a series of twists, she finds herself involved with a vulnerable interior designer, Sondra, and, ultimately, Sondra's grown daughter, Samantha. The novel focuses on couples-gay, straight, and lesbian-but the love scenes are mostly lesbian. Although the writing is acceptable, the key question is whether straight women will read a lesbian romance. What may attract a broader readership is the novel's concern with issues: trust, passion, love, addictions (alcohol, food, and work), and the human quest for happiness. For large fiction collections.-Rebecca S. Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476766898
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
10/26/2013
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Passion's Shadow 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Passion's Shadow was an interesting and fast paced book. I wish the characters were better deveolped but I couldn't put the book down. From the first page you are kept in wonderment. And the end is the trick. Loved it!