Halfway to Heaven (Calhoun Chronicles Series #3)

Halfway to Heaven (Calhoun Chronicles Series #3)

by Susan Wiggs

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ISBN-13: 9781551668376
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 09/24/2001
Series: Calhoun Chronicles Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Susan Wiggs has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. She has also published with a number of houses, including Avon, HarperCollins, Warner and MIRA Books.

In addition to being a militant romance writer, a feminist, a guilt-ridden mother and a perfect wife, Susan Wiggs grows mutant tomatoes, speaks French, and plays the cello. Her hobbies are reading, traveling the world and Fair Isle knitting. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her daughter, and the world's most ill-mannered Airedale. Although she has convinced her family that toiling away at a writing career makes her a candidate for martyrdom, she secretly believes it's the second-most fun to be had.

Wiggs, a Harvard graduate, confesses that a book once saved her sanity. Trapped at Barcelona Airport during an airline strike, she vividly remembers savoring every lush, escapist word of a romance novel. Ever since, it has been her quest to write the sort of books people cling to in crowded airports, or whenever life gets too crazy.

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Halfway to Heaven (Calhoun Chronicles Series #3) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SurferChicka More than 1 year ago
This book was beautiful and touching . A great story. I love, love, loved it. This was a fast read for me, and I enjoyed it. It made me smile and made me cry. Read this book!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Halfway to Heaven is a brilliantly written book with a great story line and it something that you can find a way to relate to. i would highly recommend it.
CatieN on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Very light romance. No surprises, but if you are looking for a light, quick read, this is for you.
sleepydumpling on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this one, Susan Wiggs has a wonderful style of writing. Her characters are gorgeous (both central characters and sub-characters) and her story so engaging, I was turning each page with anticipation. Can't wait to read some more of her work.
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I have read a few novels now by Susan Wiggs ¿ Miranda, The Firebrand, Horsemaster¿s Daughter & A Summer Affair. All extremely good ¿ especially the last two (which are a series). In Halfway to Heaven she does it again. This story was extra fun because we can all empathize and feel for a leading lady who is less than beautiful, less than graceful, less than perfect ¿ just like most of us ¿ we can relate to Abby in this story. She was more brains than beauty, more deep thought than wisdom and more science than mystery. But¿she was charming all around. It just took a very discerning eye to see the real woman beneath the surface. Her father missed it. Her sister even missed it. The world around her certainly missed it. But¿our leading hero, didn¿t miss it. He saw it clearly. Jamie saw her as a boring, brown wren at first ¿ much as the rest of the world did. But¿upon deeper viewing he saw a lovely bird ready to spread its wings and soar with the right guidance. His guidance. Mind you¿Jamie had his own needs to be met ¿ getting in with the right politicians to get his agenda fulfilled in Congress but, he didn¿t mind playing fixer upper with Abby along the way since her father was an important connection locally. His assistance in polishing Abby into a social butterfly with the right clothes, social graces and dancing charm was much needed. Along the journey of evolvement to a real woman Abby made him laugh, think, and explore the world in ways he had forgotten. Abby managed to break past his polished and handsome exterior to find the real man beneath the surface. Jamie¿s friends missed the true man beneath. His family missed it. The world around him missed it. But, our leading lady Abby saw it. She saw Jamie for the wonderful man he was. Complete with dark memories, deep loss, lost first love, scars and all. Her ability to see deep changed him as well. Nothing is more soul stirring than hearing a man tell a woman she made him better than he could ever hope to be. Abby did that for Jamie. And in turn, Jamie made Abby a complete woman. I loved how Abby developed into a confident and courageous woman by the books end ¿ she took what she wanted instead of waiting for the world to give it to her. I loved how Jamie realized the past must be just that and he can only have a future by looking forward. Being apart, they realized they were stranded on earth ¿ and alone. By being together, they were already halfway to heaven. SW rarely goes into a lot of details in her love stories in terms of physical intimacy or relations. She makes you feel the longing, the hurt, the confusion and all the love that is between the main characters and because she is so good at this, I rarely miss the love scenes. If anything, the emotional tugging she does to your head and heart are more powerful than any ¿quickie¿ could be. If you have not found this author yet, I would recommend you do so. She always writes a great story ¿ realistic and easy to follow and creates moving and memorable characters. She is on her game and it¿s a pleasure to buy her books. Happy reading!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the late nineteenth century, everyone in the highest circles of DC social life knows that Abigail Cabot, though a senator¿s daughter, is a weirdo. Unlike debutantes her age including her sister, Abigail prefers astronomy to balls. However, her feelings change when she meets Lieutenant Boyd Butler III. She wants him with all her heart, but he has no interest in her.

DC¿s most eligible bachelor, Senator Jamie Calhoun, needing her father¿s help, promises to assist Abigail in getting her man. Something weird happens to Abigail and Jamie. They fall in love, but he refuses to believe in such a wasted emotion and she is confused over her former infatuation for the lieutenant and her sudden desire to only be with Jamie.

Readers will think they journeyed to nineteenth century upper class Washington society with the depth inside Susan Wiggs¿ strong historical romance. The story line is fascinating mostly because the cast brings alive an engaging period of America¿s past. The lead couple is a charming duet who struggle with his and her respective growing awareness of love for one another. HALFWAY TO HEAVEN takes the audience all the way to readers heaven with another winning novel from Ms. Wiggs.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Susan Wiggs departs from the Great Chicago Fire setting of her recent novels and takes the reader on a journey to late nineteenth century Washington. There, the reader is treated to a heart-warming romance and a bird¿s ¿eye view of the politics of the times.

Miss Abigail Cabot, daughter of Senator Franklin Cabot, seems to be an utter social failure, always causing some disastrous event at important gatherings. At a recent wedding, her deformed foot nearly gave way just as the scoundrel, Virginia Congressman, Jamie Calhoun, rescued her.

Charmer Jamie notices Abby¿s adoring gaze falling on Lieutenant Boyd Butler, son of the vice-president. But Boyd has eyes only for the beauteous Helena, Abby¿s sister. As Abby agrees to pen Helena¿s letters to Boyd, she discloses her heart¿s innermost feelings, and Boyd falls in love with the letter-writer. Jamie decides to aid Abby in transforming herself into someone desirable by Boyd, even as Jamie shows interest in her studies of astronomy. Jamie¿s friendship with Abby blossoms, even as he needs to convince himself that he is only acting in his self-interest ¿to attain the support of Senator Cabot for anti-railroad legislation.

Rounding out this intelligent romance are supporting characters such as Professor Rowan, neighborly nutty professor and object of Helena¿s desire as well as Princess Layla, the woman who had chipped away at Jamie¿s heart.

Ms. Wiggs has set her romance apart from the rest as she alludes to the secrets in Jamie and Abby¿s hearts that they must unravel as the surface tension between the two leads to a deeper emotion. In a genre where beauty is often paramount, Abby and Jamie¿s view into each other¿s souls is augmented only by their support of each other¿s most passionate causes. For a lovely lyrical read, Ms. Wiggs¿ latest creation is not to be missed.