Ties That Bind

Ties That Bind

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by Brenda Jackson
     
 

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It all started in college, in the turbulent sixties, when Randolph and Jenna became lovers. Randolph knew the moment he saw Jenna Haywood that he had to make her his. But the path to love is not an easy one. His wealthy Grandmother Julia disapproves of the match and unbeknowst to him, his brother's seemingly docile fiancee has a few plans of her own that she would

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It all started in college, in the turbulent sixties, when Randolph and Jenna became lovers. Randolph knew the moment he saw Jenna Haywood that he had to make her his. But the path to love is not an easy one. His wealthy Grandmother Julia disapproves of the match and unbeknowst to him, his brother's seemingly docile fiancee has a few plans of her own that she would like to set in motion. Betrayal and devastation lurks in unexpected places and tests the bond they believed was unbreakable. As they struggle with love and passion, secrets and lies the question is: Is love enough to help them see each other through the storms that await them ahead?

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“I was immediately sucked into this story and fell in love with all of the characters ... In this powerful book, Ms. Jackson spins a tale featuring the truest, purest type of love.” —RT Book Reviews
Publishers Weekly
A sordid betrayal lies at the heart of Ties That Bind, a novel by Brenda Jackson (Family Reunion) spanning 35 years in the lives of two couples who become friends at Howard University in the 1960s. Randolph Fuller's wife, Angela, had to drug him to get him to sleep with her, but in the end she got her way: she became pregnant and forced Randolph to leave his true love, the modest, bookish Jenna. But 12 years later, Randolph and Angela are separated, Jenna conveniently widowed and the old lovers have an opportunity to start over. Jackson also follows the more sedate lives of Randolph's friends Noah and Leigh Wainwright and the various couplings of their offspring. In spite of all the action, the book offers a resounding moral: cheaters and sluts never prosper.
Library Journal
Jackson (A Family Reunion) sets her new work on a 1960s college campus, where there's plenty of talk about the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. Still, personal problems loom largest, as four friends form a tight bond to help one another get through final exams, love affairs, and broken hearts. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312306113
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/09/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,164,055
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Westmorelands series and, from St. Martin's Press, Some Like It Hot, Taste of Passion and The Playa's Handbook, among others. She was the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today's Bestseller's List and the New York Times Bestseller's List for the series romance genre. Jackson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University, and worked for thirty-seven years in management at a major insurance company. She now divides her time between family, writing and traveling. She has been married for thirty-seven years to her childhood sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons. She lives in the city where she was born, Jacksonville, Florida.

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Ties That Bind: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites from Brenda Jackson. I hoghly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my all time favorites!!!! I read this book in a day. I couldn't put it down!!! A MUST READ!!! It makes you run the gamut of emotions. This is the first book I recommend to anyone who asks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with a little of everything. Love, sex, war, history, death, happiness, sadness, the list goes on. It's the makes for a GREAT movie........ Loved it from beginning to end.
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short_cake-1215 More than 1 year ago
Love Brenda Jackson's writing style, an excellent author. Ties That Bind was a novel filled with plenty drama. I really enjoyed it.
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Faye Patterson More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. I've read it a couple years ago this book is my favorite
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Rena_A More than 1 year ago
This is a true love story. If you believe the cliche "If you let love go and it returns then it's meant to be", then this book is for you.
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PWM More than 1 year ago
After reading tons of Nora Roberts books, I thought I would never love another writer as much...I was wrong. Ms. Jackson, shares Ms. Roberts ability to "tell a great story" through great character development and intrigue of story line.

The difference for me is that Ms. Jackson uses Black characters....people you can get to know; like- dislike; love-hate; care about; worry about and ultimately miss at the end of the story. The subject matter in "Ties That Bind" love, innocence, loss, family, betrayal, reconciliation blend together wonderfully, to introduce the reader to conditions, circumstances, people, plots and outcomes you can beleive in and experience first hand.

It is so refreshing to experience connection with charactrers who are wonderful - or not so wonderful - but with whom you can share a common identity -in this case being Black. This 'tie' adds a new and 'binding' connection to the characters and the story for this reader. I suspect, however, not being Black does not leave one cold or even at a disadvantage....the impact is still significant and the experience well worth the cost in time and money!

I look forward to my next Brenda Jackson read. I think I have found another 'best writer' for me to discover and experience!

PWM
Jacksonvolle, FL
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book long, long, long time ago. I still want to read it again like it was that first that i pick it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was a compelling romantic love story that must be enjoyed by any and everyone! It was sad the amount of time lost throughout the novel. But at the end all the suffering and tragety could not tear down the love that the couple shared. I only wish I could experience the love they shared together with my special someone whom has yet to show his face. Wonderful read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Brenda Jackson is definitely a master of the written word. Couldn't stop until I was finished. Enjoyed the romance between all the couples but especially Jenna and Randolph. It was a story that contained so many things, history, love, suspense, betrayal, corruption, happiness and it spanned almost 50 years of family and friends. It should be a mini-series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a crafty, cleverly written and thought-provoking novel. Ms. Jackson does a wonderful job of giving detail when and where needed. She shows us that even people with money, power and success have hang-ups and intro-racism. Yet the story is truly laced with love, commitment and devotion and dedication. She renews our faith in what it takes and means to be in love and all that it entails. If you've been blessed enough to have found your soulmate or are looking then this book is for you. While reading this story you'll meet some wonderfully powerful characters such as, Jenna, Randolph, Noah, Leigh, Johnny, Elle and a host of others you won't soon forget. Make sure you share this one with others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was the most romantic love story i have ever read it was filled with tears laughs and everything else you can think of brenda you did a great job i can read this book over and over again i recommend this book to everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best romance novel I have read in a long time. It was a very easy read! Once you start, you will not be able to stop. I absolutely loved this book. Brenda, if you have to pick a book for a movie....CHOOSE THIS ONE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is THE Best romantic/drama book I have ever read. I think if you love romantic books that are good and actually have a plot than you have to read this book. Brenda Jackson always write good books, but I think this is her best. WARNING: Once you open this book it's going to be really diffcult to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the best stories I have read in a long time. Her transition from past loves to new ones and the actual story itself really made the book what it is. I loved it and I suggest ones who havent read it to hop to it!