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Overview

Raine Marlowe has finally convinced her soon-to-be ex-husband to star in her directorial debut-but he fears that his character's dark secrets may be dangerously close to his own...

"Mary Jo Putney never fails to deliver a winning story with heartwarming characters. She is a pleasure to read...always." (Literary Times)

"Putney's writing is clear as crystal and smooth as silk." (Booklist)

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Mary Jo Putney's contemporary romance blends the glamour of the movie industry with a compelling tale of the strains that can tear apart real life and true love. British-born Hollywood sex symbol Kenzie Scott is larger than life, from his sex appeal to the tragedies in his closely guarded past. Devoted to the craft of drama, Kenzie insists on making talented American newcomer Raine Marlowe his costar in his next big-budget film. The chemistry between them is incredible, on and off camera, and when their work is done they tumble into a breathtakingly beautiful affair -- and a heartbreakingly brief marriage. Then, just as divorce papers are about to sever the legal ties between them forever, Raine persuades Kenzie to sign another agreement -- a professional one to play the lead in her upcoming first venture as screenwriter and director. Amid the labyrinth of lies that makes up both her film and his reality, Raine learns the bitter truth that makes Kenzie so devastatingly perfect for the role of the tortured hero she's cast him in -- and struggles to find a happy ending for their love.
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Mary Jo Putney never fails to deliver a winning story with heartwarming characters. She is a pleasure to read...always.
Literary Times
Mary Jo Putney never fails to deliver a winning story with heartwarming characters. She is a pleasure to read...always.
Publishers Weekly
The shooting of a film forces a divorcing couple to confront their conflicts in historical author Putney's second contemporary romance (following The Burning Point). Actress Raine Marlowe needs her estranged husband, action hero Kenzie Scott, to star in her directorial debut in order to secure financing. Although he never believed he could sustain a marriage, he still loves Raine and agrees without reading the script. Too late, Kenzie discovers that his role touches on his darkest secrets, and that playing it may tear apart his fragile emotional stability. Raine, too, has unresolved issues from a troubled childhood, and her directorial challenges are further complicated when her leading actress bows out at the last moment. The couple's fire and ice relationship is put to the test when she takes over the costarring role. Meanwhile, a vicious tabloid reporter launches a public campaign to uncover the past Kenzie has gone to great lengths to conceal. Putney handles her potentially melodramatic material with emotional honesty and insight while maintaining the taut romantic tension between her richly developed, complicated protagonists. Although many of the plot developments are predictable, including a denouement that borders on the saccharine, readers caught up in the spiraling developments won't mind. (Jan. 8) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Jill Smith
“The Spiral Path is one of the most gripping and darkly emotional books to come along in a long while…(Putney’s) books hold out such promise of hope, redemption and triumph that you will be unable to put them down.”

* Romantic Times, 4+ rating, and a Top Pick
Noelle Leslie de la Cruz
“(A)s always, Putney can be relied on to deliver something different. The result is a book that will take your breath away from the first page to the last…. there is only one word for it: unforgettable. Ultimately, it's a keeper of a story that only an author like Putney can tell - and tell very, very well.”

* AllAboutRomance.com
Publishers Weekly
“Putney handles her potentially melodramatic material with emotional honesty and insight while maintaining the taut romantic tension between her richly developed, complicated protagonists.”
Suzanne Coleburn
“Mary Jo Putney is writing from her heart and soul, and the writing is divine in The Spiral Path. It takes you down some harrowing rabbit holes from hell but then it spits you out into the sparkling rays of the sun and surrounds you with the glorious glow of love. Ms. Putney is first class all the way!"

* The Belles and Beaux of Romance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585472192
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 423
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal’s top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she’ll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She’s delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Very enjoyable read

    Could not put it down. Well developed characters and plot. One of her best.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Excellent Writing

    This is the first Mary Jo Putney book I've read, but will not be my last. Totally held my interest and kept me up reading most of the night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Beter than Ever

    I've read most of MaryJo Putney's historical books and enjoyed all of them. I was a little reluctant to read one of her contempory novels. I thought they would surely lose something in their modern settings. Was I ever wrong!! 'The Spiral Path' had all the warmth and substance of all her other books. Her characters are so real, so human. She draws you in so that you can't put the book down until the very end, and then reluctantly. I can't wait to start 'The Burning Point'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2002

    Once again, I couldn't put the book down.

    I have been waiting for the story of Raine and Kenzie since Burning Point came out. I really enjoy the author's way of writing about emotional and not always comfortable subjects. As I was reading, and starting to realize the subject matter, I was wondering how the author would tackle this, and was thoroughly captivated til the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2002

    A must read.

    As a advid reader, it is often difficult to find books that really grip you emotionally. This book was such a book. At times, I had to put the book down, as my empathy for Kenzie overcame me. It is not a book for someone looking for a romantic read, but it is a story of how the human spirt can overcome the worst, and find peace and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    A deeply emotional story

    The Spiral Path is a deeply, emotional story that gripped me from the beginning. British actor Kenzie Scott must overcome the traumas of a his childhood and find a way to heal the deep wounds if he is to have any hope of reconciling with his soon to be ex-wife. With deft skill, Putney moves the reader back and forth through time, using flashbacks to tell the the beginning of Kenzie Scott and Raine Marlowe¿s relationship and marriage. Through the filming of the movie, we see Kenzie slowly come apart as the horrors that befall his movie character begin to force Kenzie to face the ghosts of his own past. Raine is also forced to confront some ghosts of her own. Her inability to completely trust, her fear of loving someone also hold her back in her relationship with Kenzie. The metaphor of a labyrinth runs throughout this book. It becomes the focal point for Kenzie as he tries to put his life back together. But it also describes the twists and turns of the plot. Just when you think you¿ve reached a climatic point, as in a maze you turn the corner and realize there¿s more waiting. Even so, I didn't feel that this book lost its energy, and the story lingered in my memory long after I finished the last page. As a longtime fan of Putney¿s historical work, I've also become a fan of her contemporaries. They are definite keepers.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    deep character study relationship drama

    Kenzie Marlow is a great British actor who is a top Hollywood moneymaker. Though he loves her, he is allowing his wife Raine Scott, a highly regarded actress, to divorce him, after she caught him in bed with a co-star. He also hides his ugly past from her. While not quite as reticent, she too hid much of her childhood from him. <P>Raine visits Kenzie to ask him to star in the movie she will soon direct based on a Victorian novel ¿The Centurion¿. He would star as John Randall who falls in love, fights one last campaign overseas, but is captured by his enemy. He comes home broken, but considered a hero. Kenzie recognizes too much of himself in the character but cannot help but agree to do the movie for his beloved Raine. During the shooting that tortures Kenzie, their love still shines but proves not enough for them to reconcile. However, when the tabloids reveal Kenzie¿s past, will Raine stay by his side to help him heal so love can blossom between them once again? <P>THE SPIRAL PATH is an extremely emotional tale starring a scarred hero filled with angst and a devastating childhood that dominates the tale though Raine too has family problems too. The use of flashbacks to portray the events of four years ago slows down the engaging plot. Still most readers will agree that Mary Jo Putney provides a deep character study relationship drama that grips the hearts of the audience from start to Finish. <P>Harriet Klausner

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