Money can't buy everything, least of all Janeen Warner's affections. She is bent on making a name for herself as a kaleidoscope designer and refuses to allow anything to stand in her way. Her iron will is tested when a famous composer, whose music captures her soul, steps into her life.
Georgios Andros has lost the magic of his music. Too many tours and recording sessions have left him empty and passionless. But when he looks into one of Janeen's kaleidoscopes, he sees the spirit and soul of the woman who created it, awakening music in his heart.
Trying to win Janeen's heart, Georgios uses his influence to pave her road to success. But Janeen wants that success on her own, without the help of Georgios's money or power. Will her stubbornness push him away, leaving her with an empty purse, and a pocket full of principles?
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About the Author
She has completed 14 novels while staying active in 2 writing groups, serving on the Boards of Directors several times, and a number of conference committees. But the best part was the life-long friendships she's formed with so many writers, published and unpublished.
Her first published novel, KALEIDOSCOPE, won 2nd place in the 2003 WisRWA Write Touch Readers' Award for published authors. Her second book, WAY OUT WEST, won the prestigious New Jersey Romance Writers' 2003 Golden Leaf Award for Short Contemporary. WAY OUT WEST was also a finalist in the 2004 Virginia Romance Writers' HOLT Medallion Awards.
Her current novels are APRIL'S FOOL and HIS BROTHER'S BABY. She also has a non-fiction humor book, BORN TO BITCH, chronicling life's little annoyances.
When not writing, Blanche enjoys gardening, reading, and playing with her grandkids. You can visit her website, www.blanchemarriott.com, or email her at , or follow her on Facebook (Blanche Marriott)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book, liked the writing style, liked the story and the characters! Couldn't put the book down, wanted the story to go on and on! Can't believe it was a free book, will gladly pay to read more from this author!
With smooth, polished writing, Blanche Marriott pulls you right into the hearts and minds of her characters. I became instantly immersed in 'Kaleidoscope', marriott's first book, and read eagerly. Don't miss this captivating love story! I am looking forward to reading more books by this talented writer.
One word: amazing!! I haven’t read very many romance books so I was a bit hesitant about reading this one but after the first chapter I was hooked. We have Janeen, a self-determined individual who wants to do everything on her own, and I mean everything. Watching her two brothers stumble through life she is so determined to do everything on her own that she is go-go-go at everything. When a strange dark and handsome stranger enters her shop she has to stop and catch her breath but she still keeps her wall up because that is all she knows how to do. Yes, as the story continues she does let her wall come down but her inner voices remind her of the life she has led and Janeen is so torn she is willing to put this mysterious man behind her. Her heart is torn and so is her pocketbook as her business is hanging on by threads. This mysterious man is famous but not in Janeen’s eyes. The looks and sounds of him have not been heard by her and when he tries to assist her, fireworks occur. Stubborn Janeen and this caring gentlemen seem to hit it off on the wrong note but he does not back off. Persistence to a point, he tries to be a part of her life and assist her with her business but he becomes frustrated, when things backfire. Are they just different people who see things differently or does she just needs time? When I first saw the page count of this Nook book, I thought it would take me a week to finish but I could not put this book down and I consumed it in 2 days. These two people from such different worlds were yet so much alike, if they could just sit and enjoy each other instead of trying so hard. Could they ever reach that part in a relationship? I had to laugh a few times at Janeen and her attitude; she carried her pride so high. Great book, I truly enjoyed it. Clean content.
Janeen Warner is determined to succeed on her own without help from friends or family. She owns a gift shop, Chatter Box, and ultimately hopes that she will be able to distribute her custom-made kaleidoscopes to elite department stores. Right now, however, Janeen just needs enough sales to make this month's rent. World famous composer and concert pianist Georgios Andros has lost his music. Burned out, and feeling as though something is lacking in his life, Georgios decides it's time to "find" himself. Looking for a Mother's Day gift, he wanders into Chatter Box and is mesmerized by both shopkeeper and kaleidoscopes. Could this be exactly what he's been looking for? Janeen and Georgios are two very well-developed, realistic characters; she is portrayed as very stubborn, independent, and distrustful, shunning his every move to help. Georgios must accept the fact that money cannot buy everything -- especially love. The intricate details of creating a kaleidoscope are both intriguing and fascinating -- not a typical romance heroine's trade. The means by which Georgios composes his music are just as compelling, and the narrative sings without being bogged down in too much description. I recommend KALEIDOSCOPE as a sweet, tender and charming romance with endearing characters and an original storyline. Blanche Marriott is a delightful new voice in romantic fiction.