Late Bloomer

Late Bloomer

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Late Bloomer by Fern Michaels, Anna Lauris

From New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels comes her most emotionally powerful novel to date -- a heartwarming tale of love and envy, friendship and forgiveness, that introduces an unforgettable heroine, Cady Jordan, who comes into her own as she recovers her memory of a childhood tragedy.

Twenty years have passed since the incident involving six lonely children at a secret playground in Indigo Valley, Pennsylvania, which left the town bully dead and ten-year-old Cady Jordan seriously injured. Now Cady has returned to the valley to care for her ailing grandmother, Lola, an eccentric retired film star, who is the only person Cady has ever truly loved. While Cady has recovered physically and has grown into an attractive and intelligent but overly cautious young woman, she has no memory of her childhood tragedy. Lola desperately wants to see Cady embrace life and find the happiness she deserves, so she pushes her granddaughter to "remember" so she can go forward with her life.

As Cady reacquaints herself with her old friends -- Amy, who is now a wife and mother; Andy, an insurance agent; Pete, an attorney; and Mac, the town's chief of police -- she begins to recall bits and pieces of what happened that fateful day. Cady also discovers a new zest for life and falls in love for the first time. But her friends don't want her to remember. If the truth comes out, their safe and secure lives might be ruined forever. Which of them will do what is best for Cady and acknowledge the truth? Which of them will betray her again and do what is best for themselves?

With vibrant characters, Michaels's distinctive blend of humor and poignancy, and a suspenseful story line that holds readers engrossed until the final page is turned, Late Bloomer takes readers on a young woman's journey of self-discovery that is at once exciting, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792727972
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2003

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels has a passion for romance that stems from her other joys in life—her family, animals, and historic homes. She is usually found in South Carolina, where she is either tapping out stories on her computer or completing some kind of historical restoration.

Hometown:

Summerville, South Carolina

Place of Birth:

Hastings, Pennsylvania

Education:

High School

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Late Bloomer 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Hard to put this one down. Great story
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TammyK1 More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read. Glad I picked it up.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is light reading and the characters of the grandmother and her two assistants are very entertaining. I would read the book just to discover them. The mystery aspect is ok, but the story becomes repetative in many parts with the main character constantly asking the same questions over and over, or the same things are said again and again. However, the story kept my interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may not be a great literary novel but it was worth the money spent and the entertainment it provided me while driving to work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very, very predictable. This is the first time I have ventured into this author & from this it will be the last. Somewhat entertaining but then again I was a captive audience in my vehicle....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most poorly written novel I have had the misfortune to spend money on. It is childishly written with no literary skill whatsoever. The characters are unbelievable, the dialogs are boring and the plot is uninteresting. A literary masterpiece it is not, but it may be suitable for the pre-teen reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listen to books on my commute and found myself laughing out loud this morning. Sure, i'ts a suspenseful, 'page-turner' but I could picture the two old ladies sliding down the hill on the plastic fence and thought this would make a great drama/comedy movie. Maybe Glenn Close as Lola? Sandra Bullock as Cady... she'd be great in the feisty scenes and I'm sure the men would love the scene at the beginning of her date with Boomer. A great Listen and I'm sure a great Read. I plan on picking up others, that is when I finish this one...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a first time Fern Michaels reader and this book makes me want to read more from her!It is a real page turner and I would recommend it to anyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One day I pick up one of Fern Michaels books and I got hooked . Her laster book Late Bloomer is a good read. It was insteresting. I would love to see a 2nd part to the story to see is Cady marry's Bommer (Mac). I was a little disappointed how the ending was but otherwise i Would tell everyone to read it
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In 1981 Indigo Valley, Pennsylvania, on a dare from her friends, ten years old Cady Jordan sets off on her bike to do a stunt, but just before she begins, teenage bully Jeff King jumps on for the ride. However, someone slung cable across their path so when the bike hits the taut obstacle, the two kids fly through the air. Cady suffers a head injury leading to a loss of memory. Jeff dies from an apparent rock thrown at him. Two decades later, a mentally messed up Cady resides in California while still unable to recall what happened on that fatal day. When her ailing grandmother asks her to come for a visit to her Pennsylvania mansion, Cady travels east. Her childhood pals from the deadly incident feel guilty for allowing Cady to shoulder the entire blame. They and Cady, along with Boomer Maxwell, who was also there, try to figure out what really went down even while a reporter begins an investigation too. Though the story line seems obvious and all the kids except Cady and Jeff who were at the incident remain in town as adults, fans of Fern Michaels will enjoy this engaging romantic suspense. The story line moves forward rather quickly once Cady returns to her hometown. The key cast members will gain empathy from the audience as Ms. Michaels does what she does best, insuring her readers feel the angst of several protagonists. LATE BLOOMER is an entertaining action-packed yarn that is fun to read. Harriet Klausner