A profoundly moving story of impossible risks and love without boundaries. Told from alternating points of view––that of a daughter whose past is a mystery, and that of a mother with painful secrets to share.
Catherine Clarke defied her family’s expectations when she married Gabriel, a handsome Lebanese businessman. After moving to Gabriel’s homeland and welcoming a baby daughter, Catherine knew she had to acclimate herself to the strange new world. Yet both her husband and her surroundings became more volatile and threatening than she could have ever imagined.
When Gabriel forbids her to return to the States, Catherine devises a plan to deceive him, but she vastly underestimates how far he will go to punish her. And after her daughter, Ann Marie, is abducted and taken deep into the mountains of Beirut—protected by family, culture, and law—the only thing on Catherine’s side is the fierceness of a mother’s love. She’s prepared to move heaven and earth to find her child.
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About the Author
Dina Silver is an author, a wine lover, and an excellent parallel parker. She lives with her husband, son, and twenty-pound tabby cat in suburban Chicago. She’d prefer to live somewhere where it’s warm year-round, but she’s also a licensed real estate agent in Illinois, and she loathes the thought of having to take the broker exam again in another state. Dina is the author of five other novels, including One Pink Line, Kat Fight, Finding Bliss, The Unimaginable, and Whisper if You Need Me. To find out more about Dina and her books, visit dinasilver.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I LOVED this book, it was truly amazing. The cover initially caught my eye but the story pulled me in and I didn't want to stop reading. I would have to say it's one of the best books I have read this year. The story is told in the alternating points of view of Catherine and her daughter Ann Marie. Catherine married Gabriel, a Lebanese business man, and a few short months after the wedding she finds herself living in Beirut and pregnant. Shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Catherine's life with her husband changes. She is forbidden to return home to the States and even has her passport locked up. Gabriel finally allows Catherine to return home with Ann Marie, but the joy is short lived. Gabriel abducts Ann Marie and takes her back to Beirut. Ann Marie is unaware any of this happened to her as a baby and doesn't find out until she is meets with a divorce attorney who happened to know her mom. The book focuses on family and love. I loved the story, characters and style of writing. A few tears may have been shed. I definitely recommend it and want to read more books by the author.
This is the very first book I have read by Dina Silver, but it will not be my last. This novel was amazing! I read it while holding my breath and at times tears, in one day. As a parent, I could feel the pain and anxiety that Catherine went through as her child is missing and all she endures to find her. I could feel the sadness for Catherine's daughter Ann Marie and her three boys as Catherine moves into their home with an illness that takes away her speech. I love the way the chapter's went from Catherine to Ann Marie's voice. This was well written and a wonderful story and journey.
4 loving but heart breaking relationship stars This was quite a moving story of how far a mother would go to keep her child overcoming obstacles and fighting for what she wants and who she loves. Catherine Clark is a young girl, accustomed to living well in Greenwich Connecticut. Her life has been a good life so far, one of luxury and privileged. Her mother and father are somewhat staid not showing much in the way of emotional love for their daughters. Catherine (CC), meets a young man Gabriel, who is very different from the country club set she is use to. He is Lebanese and there is an instant love connection between the two. Eventually, they elope, and move to Chicago for a few months and CC finds herself pregnant. One day, after only living in Chicago for a few months, Gabriel, comes home and announces they are moving to Beirut. After the move, CC realizes this is not the life she wants as her husband moves more and more into the direction of being the person who directs and leads this marriage. As their marriage crumbles, CC makes plans to take Ann Marie and flee to the states. The struggles CC has keeping her child, arriving back home, and finding peace are portrayed and as the story continues we meet her daughter, Ann Marie, who is all grown up and experiencing issues of her own with a faithless husband and three young sons. As we learn of Ann Marie's problems, we also discover more and more of CC's problems as they are revealed through journals she has written of her life. This is a twofold story of mother and daughter and the love they share and the things they will do to protect the ones they love. It is also a story of the relationships between husbands and wives and how a once loving relationship can turn into something bitter and nasty.