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Posted November 25, 2001
Claire Brown is no Miss Perfect, but is more attractive because she is so real. Claire does not have the best of luck with men: first, a controlling father, then, TWO cheating fiancés¿ In hopes of filling her ever-widening void and self-pity, Claire clings to her mundane insurance work in desperation even on vacation (albeit, a disastrous vacation). That is until she runs into a man who attracts all of her senses like a magnet... John McBride is no Prince Charming, but is more chivalrous because he cares for the right things. John does not have the best of luck with women either: first, a corporate mogul mother who had no time for family, then, a frigid wife on the same path¿ In hopes of ridding his miserable urban existence, John chooses to live in solitude running a vacation lodge in the deep woods of Colorado after a horrific incident at the height of his FBI career... That is until a woman checks in who erects all of his senses like a needle of a magnet... Betrayed and hurt before, Claire and John vow not to make the same mistake again. Only this time, mistakes compound and mishaps multiply, formulating a pure unadulterated primal magnetism and¿ grave danger¿ In this enthralling story of modern day romance, Ms. Brandt brilliantly pokes fun at fake beauty and false values, and exuberantly celebrates our deep-rooted desire for a rapturous true love. With sizzling twists and surprising turns in every chapter, True North is a true joyride. I laughed and cried reading this book, and I hope to read many more works from Ms. Brandt in the coming years.
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Posted February 17, 2010
I got this book for a dollar and am glad I didn't pay more for it. It was pretty lame and not enough content so it seemed long winded. Plus the last line of the book had the title in it which was the ultimate cheese!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2006
Poor Claire's vacation sounds like some of mine. First, she shows up at the mountain resort luxury suite she had gotten her fiancé for his birthday and he's sharing it with another woman! He tells her it was a birthday gift so he figured he could take whoever he wanted. She insists on staying, much to the owner's dismay, even though there are no vacant rooms. She ends up on a cot in a storage room above the garage and has to use the staff bathroom. All her luggage was somehow rerouted to a foreign country and she's forced to use clothes from the lost and found. This book was hysterical and the story of two complete opposites trying to fight their attraction just adds to the fun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2001
Ever have one of those days, the kind where your work-life is falling apart and your love-life is non-existent? Ever have one of those positively *foul* days, where your luggage is lost, your seat is taken and you find yourself launched into the middle of a vacation from hell? Claire Brown--a Type A workaholic--is willing to dip her toe into the wilds at an exclusive lodge in the Colorado Rockies when she discovers her fiancé has run off with a third-rate bimbo. Even worse, the cheating couple has taken over her luxury suite, the one Claire paid for with her Type-A-workaholic salary. Disaster, right? Wrong. Claire might be down, but she¿s definitely not out. With a life sprinkled with tragedy, she didn¿t survive by rolling over. Step into her shoes, and watch how determination and brains--stirred up with a little revenge--work their magic. Not even John McBride, the lodge owner, is able to resist Claire . . . and John always resists cell-phone toting, workaholic women. And then watch how the magic works on the toughest candidate: Claire herself. Ms. Brandt has a winner with her first novel. Cuddle up with a cup of cocoa and a copy of True North. You¿ll laugh. You¿ll cry . . . and you¿ll never look at a cell phone in the same way again. Brilliant!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Insurance workaholic Claire Brown hopes the vacation with her fiancé Bryan Edwards in Aspen helps bring them together and end their drifting apart. That is why she spent the money on first class tickets from Seattle for his birthday, but at the gate Claire learns her travel agency canceled her ticket. After obtaining a last second economy ticket, Claire suffers through a horrendous flight due to the unchaperoned three-year-old aisle mate. However, Claire receives the ultimate kick in the pants when she finds Bryan comfortably snug in their room at the lodge with another woman. <P>Rather than leave for the coast, an angry, abashed Claire demands a room and lodge owner John McBride reluctantly complies. John loathes the type of career woman Claire is and detests her uncouth actions towards Bryan and his new woman yet he cannot stop his attraction to her. As John and Claire fall in love over her nine days in Colorado, someone wants her dead. Armed with a cell phone and John, Claire hopes to live long enough to enjoy her vacation. <P> This novel is a humorous contemporary romance starring two wonderful lead characters. The story line is superb when it stays TRUE NORTH as a romantic romp. When the tale veers west into suspense, the plot loses some of its focus. Still Beverly Brandt provides readers with an amusing look at love and the career woman that fans of modern day tales will enjoy. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2002
Claire Brown was one of Allied Adjusters' top account coordinators. She handled several of the company's top clients. Since she and her fiancé, Bryan Edwards, needed some time together, Claire arranged for them to spend nine days together at Hunter's Lodge in the mountains of Colorado. She never <I>dreamed</I> Bryan would bring along another woman! <BR><BR> John McBride was the proprietor of Hunter's Lodge. When it became clear that Claire was jilted, his assistant, Dana, found accommodations for her, even though the lodge was booked. John believed Claire to be the workaholic type of woman he detested. She constantly worked, even while on 'vacation'. So why did he find himself so attracted to the woman? <BR><BR> Then Claire received an email stating her boss was in the hospital and she was temporarily in charge. She had no problem with that until she learned that some accounts cared for by Bryan and his father were ... wrong! <BR><BR> **** This is a terrific story, in which, everything that could go wrong, <I>DID!</I> A lot of romantic tense with some humor on the side, makes this one a winner! **** </p><BR> Reviewed by Detra FitchWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.