Boundaries: A Love Story

Boundaries: A Love Story

by Christine Z. Mason


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In the summer of 1980, 16-year-old Kaia Matheson travels from her home in Berkeley to a small island off of Cape Cod for a family vacation. Kaia hopes to confront her mother Jean about abandoning her in California, allegedly to pursue a high-powered career in Manhattan. However, Jean remains aloof and offers no apology for leaving Kaia in the custody of her controlling, alcoholic father. Intrigued by her rugged and intelligent older cousin Mark Karadonis, Kaia turns to him for companionship. Despite his misgivings, Mark is irresistibly attracted to his young cousin. When he arrives in Berkeley in the fall to start law school, the two cousins’ involvement deepens. Kaia’s father enters a relationship with Chandi Gupta, a lawyer who handles cases of child neglect and abandonment. Through Chandi, Kaia becomes interested in children’s rights and a legal career.

This East Coast-West Coast saga tracks the conflicts between individual desire and societal expectations, weaving together the tragedies and clandestine affairs of two families, and eventually reveals a devastating secret that threatens to unravel the lives of Kaia and Mark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611701678
Publisher: Robertson Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2014
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Christine Z. Mason, a novelist and former attorney, lives on the central coast of California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“What we have here folks¿are ducks. The Matheson and Karadonis families trying to appear serenely gliding over the waters of life while paddling furiously beneath the surface, some for their very survival.  The author, Chris Mason, hooks us with the opening scene, then sucks us into the two family’s tangled web of deceit, betrayal, emotional frigidity, and more as, Kaia, the protagonist struggles with what the title promises: love skirting the boundaries and limits of forbidden relationships on so many different levels for so many of these family members. This is a journey you will certainly, not only want to take, but also need to take.”  ¿L. Holt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an absorbing read for my vacation, one that I didn't want to put down, just right for those long plane rides.  Boundaries is a delightful, sexy, coming of age story that  happens to be between two cousins who have to deal with family and societal disapproval.  Those who disapprove have their own personal and family relationships revealed, with many twists and turns in the plot.  .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read! I loved the story. You are able to get to know the characters so intimately, and you are always left wanting to know more....once you pick up the book you will not be able to put it down. The main character will always hold a special place in my heart-she is an inspiring character to read about; she is sweet, strong, witty, thoughtful...a wonderful female protagonist. There are so many twists and turns, and the characters are perfectly complicated. The story is totally unpredictable which I find necessary in a good novel. A great read, it wakes up your mind & soul and while it is very realistic it remains heart-warming and hopeful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This first novel by Santa Cruz writer Christine Mason is a must-read! From the first page, I was instantly intrigued by the story, a cross-continental romance between two first cousins and the life-long effects it has on the rest of their family. Not only is this novel well written and extremely impressive for a first-time author, it covers many different topics beyond just the romance between the two cousins. For instance, mental illness is explored and mother-daughter relationships are examined. I would highly recommend the novel to anyone; it's sexy, poignant, and an all-around page turner. Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has many characters with so much passion and raw human emotions. It's a treat for readers who enjoy being able to read characters with varying individual backgrounds that shows the kind of character they are in the story and how it affects everyone around them so personally. Mason paints her settings in an almost photographic way with many visual details of the characters and the environment, as well as being able to capture such realistic reactions and emotions. It is interesting to look past the attraction of cousins in this day and age and at first I wasn't sure what to think of it, except for my previous notions that it is unnacceptable, but historically and culturally speaking, it's more appropriate than you would believe. This book weaves a beautiful story of love, abandonment and a wonderful poetic dose of craziness that I fell in love with instantly. An intense and pleasurable read.