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For All Their Lives
     

For All Their Lives

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by Fern Michaels
 

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A tale of love amid war, of love against all odds, as a beautiful half-French, half-American nurse and the idealistic officer she loves struggle to survive in the chaos of Vietnam . . .

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A tale of love amid war, of love against all odds, as a beautiful half-French, half-American nurse and the idealistic officer she loves struggle to survive in the chaos of Vietnam . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Michaels ( Vixen in Velvet ) provides an ample serving of schmaltz in this romantic potboiler linking a half-French, half-American army nurse and a wealthy idealist who volunteers for Vietnam to escape his power hungry father and icy wife. The lovers meet first before donning khakis, when Casey, who was raised in a French orphanage, inherits a house in San Francisco from the father she never knew. Mac has fled Alice, who is pregnant, though not with his child (he never told her he's sterile). He spends his last civilian days chasing Casey, neglecting to mention he's married. Later, in Vietnam, they squeeze an idyllic affair into moments snatched from bloody operating rooms and night maneuvers. Then a bomb blast disfigures Casey, who wakes from a coma to find she's been misidentified--and, worse still, misled by Mac. Claiming amnesia, she is shipped to the States for convalescence. Mac finishes his tour of duty awash in grief, then ascends to the Senate. At his side is a kinder, gentler Alice, now mother to a child with Down's syndrome. With Casey working in TV, Mac and she are bound to meet again. Michaels employs nearly every cliche of the romance genre: emotional orphans, buried lineage, switched identities. The result is more frenetic than satisfying, but should please this veteran paperback author's fans. Major ad/promo. (Nov.)
Melanie Duncan
The day after Ruby Blue graduated from high school, she turned her back on her abusive father and moved out on her own--into the spring of her life. In the summer of her life, she married a man she didn't love and bore him two children. When autumn came, Ruby separated from her husband and started a business to help keep her son in college. In winter, she faced the remaining portions of her life and her mortality on her own terms. Ruby Blue is a strong woman whose decisions throughout her life temper a steel backbone that allows her to bend and give without breaking. In unforgettable style, Ruby matures and comes to terms with her own flaws while desperately searching for someone who will love her as she is.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517097847
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/15/1993

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels is the New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling quartet of contemporary novels Texas Rich, Texas Heat, Texas Fury, and Texas Sunrise, as well as the steamy books in the Captive series: Captive Passions, Captive Embraces, Captive Splendors, Captive Secrets, and Captive Innocence. She is also the author of Serendipity, Seasons of Her Life, To Have and to Hold, the Kentucky trilogy, and the Sisterhood series.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Summerville, South Carolina
Place of Birth:
Hastings, Pennsylvania
Education:
High School

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For All Their Lives 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good Fern Michaels.....fast read and great story.....couldn't put it down. Almost didn't buy because of a spoiler review...please stop with the long book reports and telling the ending....glad I still purchased.
BabsStory More than 1 year ago
Very good.
JRNM More than 1 year ago
Fern Michaels' characters in this poignant story made me look back on the war in Vietnam and its' effect on our country and the people involved in that horrific war. Not only did the veterans who fought in the Vietnam war get enough credit, but the doctors and nurses were overlooked also. That in itself still leaves a bad taste for many people in my estimate. This story tells of friendships made, loves lost and the casualties of so many. The main characters, Mac Carlin, a West Point graduate, and Casey Adams, a nurse, come from different areas of the world, and of different backgrounds; they meet in San Francisco because of a snafu in Mac's military orders as he's headed off to Vietnam. They find themselves attracted to each other, but don't get the chance at the time to see where the attraction will lead. The story has many twists and turns; I couldn't put it down. I thought there would be some sort of a happy ending for these two, but it was as if they weren't meant for each other. Get your tissues ready for this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story about Casey and Mac is non-stop reading. Mac's discovery of background was heartbreaking, from mansion on hill to groundkeepers cottage and his awesome housekeeper. Something new in each chapter. Defintely a 'fog' catcher. I laughed and cried alot. Micheals really makes you feel all the emotions of her characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the historical references to Vietnam in this strong story. Of all the many Fern Michaels novels I have read, this is by far the most haunting. Definitely a worthwhile read if you remember the 60's or early 70's!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Days later and my chest still hurts when I think of this book. It takes an amazing author to grab me to the point that I really FEEL the characters. Her talent is good, almost too good as my heart is broken over the events revealed. Last chapter definitely required a tissue. One of my favorite authors and I love her work BUT I'm kinda wishing that I didn't read this one :-(
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My husband was military and his father in the Viatnam war. This was an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so good j I haven cried sobbed and could not srop readding it the chacters were so real and the war and aftermath touched me to my soul thank you fern michaels you weaved such a novel jeannie Smith
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent reading!! Very moving,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a very good story. It was easy to read. Did'nt want to put it down. Plenty of romance and bravery.
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ReneeNCP More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. The kind you don't want to put down.In the first place Fern Michaels is my favorite author. I have bought so many of her books and intend to buy more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was mesmerized while reading! The story line and the Vietnam war issue was very sad and real! I would recommend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, I am a Fern Michaels fan and love her books!
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one of her best - keep it up Fern
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enjoyed reading this book. made Vietnam war more real and the effect it had on so many lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. I highly recommend it.
Barbara68BS More than 1 year ago
This book started out slowly, but soon became very significant to the Vietnam War era age group! It tells a great story of relationships during that War and the consequences of it. Very readable and thought-provoking!