Eighteen-year-old Leigh arrives at a Tel Aviv hospital, seeking information about her probable father, Dr. Sloan, who had a cardiac arrest right after they met for the first time.
As she stands next to her father's bed and watches him, her past, present and future collide.
Despite the advice of those around her, Leigh decides to face the challenges of the legal system in Israel. She obtains a court order for a paternity test and confronts Sloan.
During her quest to find the truth about her biological father, Leigh is exposed to violent religious intolerance, faces life in a country where church and state are not separate, and meets the man who may be her first true love.
Will she change her view of the world she thought she knew? Will she forgive her mother? Will a gunshot change her attitude towards her probable father? And, what will she say to Steve, the only father she ever really had?
About the Author
She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first of service in an armed division in the Golan Heights, she served her second year in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart. She went on to get a BS degree in Nursing in Tel Aviv, and practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU – along with many other duties.
Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Now, she is a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust started the Pinnacle trilogy and won the Beach Book Festival in the Romance category, as well as received several honorable mentions in other book contest. It was published to rave reviews.
Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes. She currently splits her time between Florida and Georgia, where she is at work on her next two books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An Emotional Thriller That Will Touch Your Heart! Michelle Dim-St. Pierre’s book grabbed me at page one, and wouldn’t let me go. She opens with 18-year old Leigh, who has traveled across the world from New York to Israel, to meet her supposed biological father for the first time. All she knows of him is what she read in her mother’s journal about their illicit affair 19 years ago. And as soon as he sees her, he collapses from a heart attack and she has to do CPR. Talk about a shock! The book is a roller-coaster ride from there on out. Leigh is desperate to find the truth about her paternity and to know her biological father, but the truth is tearing apart the world she already lives in. A world where the man who raised her is the best father she could hope for. This is almost a coming-of-age story, as Leigh’s journey leads her to uncover truth not only about others, but about herself. When confronted with extremes of different cultures and religious views, homosexuality, family secrets and infidelity, she has to decide in her heart where she stands. And in the middle of it all, her heart is taking her in another place. A handsome—and older—hospital resident has caught her eye, and she has to decide how much she is willing to risk to love him. Having lived half her life in Israel before she came to the United States, this author writes from experience about the complexities of a country where religion and state aren’t separate, and legal system doesn’t offer you a jury of your peers. She says she wants people to learn, as well as be entertained, from her writing. She has accomplished both of those goals with me; I’ve learned more about Israel, different cultures, religions’ influence and control, and the science of paternity testing. And her characters, especially Leigh, are so well-written you will feel like you know them personally. Deeply satisfying, this thrill-ride of a story will leave you counting down the days for the sequel! Highly recommended!
In this traumatic and sometimes heart-rending novel we meet a teenage girl called Leigh, whose world has been turned upside down when she discovers that the man she has always known as her father isn’t actually her biological father. This traumatic fact was not uncovered as you might think by accident, but as a result of being given by her mother, her own journals of that period in her life. Although Leigh lives in New York, she travels to Tel-Aviv where her mother used to be a nurse to track down and meet her ‘real’ father Dr Ezra Sloan. However, by accident or because of the circumstances, (Who can tell?) this confrontation doesn’t go as planned and instead a distraught Leigh finds herself performing CPR on Sloan as he suffers a heart attack. With the ambulance sirens fading into the distance it is a confused Leigh who is left wondering what the future holds. However, the plucky young lady is undaunted, and despite having to face the wrath of Sloan’s wife and sons, she has the fortitude to continue in her quest to discover the reasons why he is not in her life, and is surprised and confused by what she uncovers. Leigh’s dogged determination means that her life alternates between New York and Tel-Aviv, and as more and more of her mother’s past is revealed the questions mount up, and a tormented Leigh finds herself desperately searching for answers to her questions. Throughout, the reader can clearly see both sides of this very emotional story. Although my heart bled for Leigh at times, and her torment was easy to understand, as the saying goes ‘you have to walk a mile in someone’s shoes, before you can judge them.’ As a parent and a mother Sharon’s decision to reveal the truth was a brave one, and with the resulting emotional backlash and recriminations, one has to admire her ability to support her daughter at times. After all everyone is entitled to their own secrets… The author Michelle Dim-St. Pierre, was born and spent half her life in Tel-Aviv, before moving to America. In this very powerful novel overflowing with emotional turmoil and suspense, she uses her work and life experiences to keep her reader spellbound until the very last page. I highly recommended this book to lovers of fictional human interest stories, laced with intrigue and mystery.
“Blood can be many things, bad or good -surgery or injury, or even the birth of a child.” Israeli born author Michelle Dim-St. Pierre lived and worked in Tel-Aviv, spending more than half her life there before relocating to the United States. PINNACLE LUST was her debut novel and BLOODY COFFEE in the second book of her Pinnacle Series and because of the themes conveyed in this fascinating book it is important to know the experiences she brings to the writing of this story. After graduating from nursing school with a BS in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, Michelle lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. After graduating from nursing school she practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and advanced into health care administration. In one of the more intriguing novels about the impact of discovering a birth father separated in time and countries from what has been considered the true father, Michele Dim-St. Pierre brings into focus the strangle hold that discovering reality can bring. Not only does she manage to explore the core drives that create adulterous offspring, but she also shares the impact of a mother’s confession in America about a conception that occurred 18 years ago in Israel. This is a study of each person in two disparate families separated in time and differing countries and the eventual trauma that slowly unfolds. A powerful story, this, and a worthy second installment in the author’s Pinnacle Series. Superb writing, a fine blend of family genetics, medicine, crime, and passion make this a novel that captures the reader’s attention as the drama unfolds on every page. Michelle Dim-St.-Pierre is proving to be a major talent in epic romantic drama. Highly Recommended.