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The babies were born ten minutes apart. Two girls,
one vibrant and healthy, the other feeble and frail. The
difference was startling, especially under the glow of
the hospital nursery's fluorescent lights. Nurse Patricia Hanson had strict orders: Act quickly and discreetly. She waited impatiently as the nurse's aide filled cabinets with a fresh supply of formula. When the young aide was finished, Hanson told her, "Go to 210 and check on Mrs. Murphy. She's been complaining of heavy bleeding." As she reached the door of the nursery, Hanson called out to her, "If there's any cause for alarm, notify me immediately."
Patricia offered a phony smile and nodded as the young woman turned to go. When the door closed, her face pinched into a visible mask of terror. Holding her breath, she peeled back the two infants' blankets.
The baby born first was still crying. Patricia brushed her finger across a soft rosy cheek and the baby turned her head toward it, mouth working. She repeated the gesture on the second infant. No response. Patricia looked at the monitor. The vital signs were normal, but the infant wasn't moving. She touched the tiny hand, but still the infant didn't respond.
How could she have agreed to carry out such an abominable act? How could she play God like this, forever altering the lives of these two baby girls? Guilt stabbed her heart. Could she possibly live with this on her conscience?
Patricia had to fight her heart and act with her head. It wasn't just the money she'd been promised only minutes ago--it was the right thing to do in so many ways. The healthy infant had been born to a single mother with no means of support. Born to Roger and Lana Turmaine, the sickly baby would never make it. Wouldn't the healthy child be better off with all that the wealthy Turmaines could provide? Only a healthy baby could fulfill the promise that money and power would buy her -- did Patricia want to see all that go to waste?
She was running out of time. The young aide could walk back through the nursery door at any moment. Without a second to lose, Patricia slipped the plastic bracelet first from one tiny wrist and re-attached it to the wrist of the other infant, then carefully removed the original bracelet from the second child and secured it to the delicate wrist of the first baby. This quick exchange gave these babies their new identities. And their new destinies.
Each year for the next twenty-one years, money would be deposited in a Swiss bank account set up for her. The payments would continue so long as no one -- particularly Lana Turmaine -- learned about what happened here today.
Posted August 24, 2005
I can honestly say I didn't know Miss Victoria Gotti wrote so well. I watch her T.V. show, 'Growing Up Gotti', and when I discovered she was an author I decided to check in and read one of her novels and it was a really enjoyable book. She really surprised me. I guess I was kind of skeptical about her writing skills because she has a reality show, but she was writing way before then. Her characters, Cassidy English and Chelsea Hutton, are really well written. I would definately recommend this novel to someone. A job well done Victoria! )Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2000
Superstar tells a gripping tale of two women who lives were changed drastically with the switch of an id braclet at birth. Actree Chelsea Hutton has been a troubled soul since she was a little girl. Raised in poverty, she searched for her true identity and release from the demons that haunted. I am amazed that she even gave birth to a child even she had an unhappy childhood herself. Cassidy English was raised in the world of the rich and famous until the death of the mother and the abandonment of her father sent her searching for love only to be left heartbroken and finding only success working in television. Superstar leaves the reader with adventure that from New York, Los Angeles and Italy. Enjoy the trip.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2000
I enjoyed her first two books but can't honestly recommend this one to anyone. The characters are not well written enough to be interesting and the plot, such as it is, is all over the map. Jackie Collins and Sidney Sheldon have nothing to worry about if this is the best that she's able to do. Very disappointing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 29, 2000
A riviting read! Gotti fills the pages with great discrtiptions and remarkable details. As a staunch Sidney Sheldon fan- I was not dissappointed with this first paced thriller. As a seasoned author- Gotti will go far.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2000
Terrifically entertaining--couldn't put it down. At first I thought it predictable, but was greatly surprised with the ending! If you like Sheldon or Higgins-Clark--with just a hint of Jackie Collins in the background, you'll love Gotti.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2000
AGAIN VICTORIA GOTTI DAZZLES AN ENTIRE GENERATIONS OF READERS. IN THE FORTHCOMING NOVELLA, THIS DYNAMO OF THE LITERARY WORLD......SETS THE STANDARD IN THRILL NOVELS. VICTORIA RETURNS IN HIGH FASHION . IN HER NEW THRILLER SHE BRINGS HER AUDIENCE FACE- TO FACE WITH .... GOTTI HAS BECOME SYNONOMUS WITH SETTING THE ....WHILE CAPTURING THE ESSENCEWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.