Marian finds refuge as a small-town New England librarian. Among her duties, she is the primary story reader for K-2 children, and we find her innocently telling the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty and the handsome Prince who comes to waken her from her deep sleep.
Rick races between New York City and other financial centers, closing pricey business deals. He has a bitter, cruel divorce behind him, which has shattered his trust in women and made him cautious. Handsome and wealthy as well as smart and decisive in business, he can have any woman he wants. As he dates glamorous New York City socialites, he find them to be 'elevator music'. Rick's heart takes charge as this story takes him into uncharted forests of romantic passion.
One hot summer day, he stops for gas in a little town called Emery. While his car is serviced, he casually stops by the air-conditioned Free Public Library. As Rick and Marian spot one another for the first time, their exchange of looks pierces each other's hearts. Marian is still grieving, but the handsome young stranger starts coming by to court her, and sweeps her off her feet. They can have happiness together--but each must find a new life's start for a star-crossed future together.
A secret villain, meanwhile, conspires to ruin their lives--and creates a level of suspense and mystery that keeps readers gasping at the twists and setbacks--can Rick and Marian overcome their difficulties to find the triumphant love that will let them live happily ever after?
Stop By is a classic, sentimental love story for the 21st Century. It tackles powerful themes of life and death, love and loss, while maintaining a lyrical, poetic voice with good taste, subtlety, and understatement that the perceptive reader expects from a traditional novel. The intent is not prudery, but a fine quality of literary writing. This story avoids vulgarity and explicit scenes that often detract from fine writing. As this novel proves, the most powerful love story can be told without the juvenile crudeness and poor taste all too common in the modern world. The author respects but transcends the rules of category romance--the story's main concern is the love story between the two principal characters, the ending is upbeat and satisfying, and many category romance readers will enjoy a warm, fuzzy read. However, the larger ambition of this novel is for a lyrical quality of tone and pacing, designed to elevate it to a mainstream level, better described in broader terms as a sentimental love story.
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