Still the Stormby Sharon Robinson
Sharon Robinson has captivated readers with Stealing Home, her memoir of a life growing up in the public eye, and Jackie's Nine, a book for young readers about the nine heartfelt, hard-won values that helped her father, Jackie Robinson, achieve his goals. Now, she has turned her pen to a new genre to delight a new audience of readers: the lovers of/i>/i>
Sharon Robinson has captivated readers with Stealing Home, her memoir of a life growing up in the public eye, and Jackie's Nine, a book for young readers about the nine heartfelt, hard-won values that helped her father, Jackie Robinson, achieve his goals. Now, she has turned her pen to a new genre to delight a new audience of readers: the lovers of romance novels. STILL THE STORM is an engrossing story of betrayal, forgiveness and triumph set against the backdrop of political drama in a wealthy Connecticut suburb.
Drawing from her own first-hand knowledge of the political campaign process and life in the public spotlight, Ms. Robinson has written a strong, savvy heroine who readers will immediately embrace. Jennifer Kelly is a fiery, free-spirited professional fundraiser who returns to her hometown to confront her father and the past after learning that she has a half-sister she has never met. When she returns home, she is quickly drawn into the political web of Michael Wingate, Connecticut's first African-American to run for the U.S. Senate and the candidate her father, Moses, Michael's political mentor, is about to endorse. Moses agrees to help Jennifer find his other daughter on one condition: Jennifer must remain in Connecticut and lead Michael's fundraising efforts during the last stage of the campaign. Thrust into the frenzied pace of the campaign, Jennifer and Michael discover a shared passion for politics and each other; while just weeks into her work, shocking yet true revelations about the candidate are uncovered that threaten his Senatorial bid and their budding romance. How Jennifer handles finding her half-sister, falling in love and coping with hurt and disappointment takes the reader on this one woman's courageous, whirlwind attempt to "still the storm" within.
Whether writing for adults or young readers and with the same sensitivity that she has brought to her non-fiction books, Sharon Robinson, once again, weaves the value of commitment (one of the nine highlighted in Jackie's Nine and a common thread across her career) through STILL THE STORM. Readers are certain to be seduced by these characters and turn each page eager for more.
About the Author
Sharon Robinson is the vice president of educational programming for Major League Baseball and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, she had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator, teaching at such prestigious universities as Yale, Columbia, Howard and Georgetown. Ms. Robinson is the author of Stealing Home (HarperCollins) and Jackie's Nine (Scholastic). She has a son and resides in New York City and St. Croix.
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Jennifer Kelly, professional fundraiser, returns home after a five-year absence to confront her father about the family's past. A secret he sought not to have discovered by Jennifer was. Moses and Sarah Kelly, her parents, would rather leave the past alone and rebuild their relationship with their daughter. When confronted by Jennifer, the Kelly's decide that the only way to rebuild the relationship is to seek out the mystery person from the past and move them towards healing. Moses introduces his prodigy and surrogate son, Michael Wingate, an ambitious senatorial candidate, to his daughter hoping she will work on his campaign. The sparks fly early and they are convinced that neither can work with the other. However, Jennifer, always intrigued by a challenge, agrees to work on the campaign as his fundraiser. During the short time that they work together, the attraction to one another intensifies. Although both are intrigued by the possibility of a relationship, yet neither moves to establish one until passion throws them together. At the end of a successful campaign for Michael, the secrets of both Moses and Michael's past unfold. The irony of the lives of the mentor and the prodigy are interwoven due to unbelievable circumstances. I cannot reveal this twist in the plot as I do not want to give the story away. All of the characters are shocked in the realization that no secret is a secret if one or more person knows of the secret. Ah, what a web we weave when we choose to deceive! Still the Storm is an interesting and fast read story set in Connecticut. It was a stretch for me to believe the location, but once past that, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It is a story of deception, triumphs over adversity and, most importantly, forgiveness. The author captured the heart and soul of her characters and makes you want all to be well with them. Overall, I found this a realistic jaunt into the lives of the rich and famous. It was an easy read and the ending was one that will give you a belief in the happy after ever ending â?¿ even if it took a miracle, jet plane and a ton of forgiveness to get there. But, isn't that what life is truly about?