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For the past ten years, Vera Van Loon has been beating the city heat at her friend’s idyllic lakeside guest cabin. There, she’s Aunt Loony to Kit Garrett’s teenagers, a kayaker instead of a straphanger—and a million miles away from the complications of “real” life in Manhattan.
If only she didn’t have to alternate weekends with one of the Garretts’ relatives, everything would be perfect—until she discovers the truth: “Uncle” Cyrus is hardly the man she thought he was. He’s just her type, wildly appealing—and a worthy Scrabble opponent. All of a sudden, everything is perfect…until Labor Day. Because Cyrus prefers the rural life, and Vera could never give up New York.
Back in town, a chance encounter with a seductive local convinces her she’s where she belongs—but Cyrus has other ideas. With choices, and crises, coming from all directions, it’s time for Vera to make a life-or-life decision that will be anything but a day at the beach.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Praise for The Great Divide
"Quirky, snarky and surprising, Goss’ belated coming-of-age story is a well-plotted and rewarding read... Readers will be immersed in the effortlessly detailed worlds of city and country and drawn in further by Goss’ colorful cast of characters and the ties that bind them all together."—Romantic Times
Praise for Perfect on Paper
"Solving the real puzzle of love, life, and temptation keeps this story hurtling forward."—Susan Gilbert-Collins, author of Starting from Scratch
"[A] charming debut...plenty of laughs along the way...Readers will delight."—Publishers Weekly
"Cleverly written and genuinely funny...this story will hook you and keep you riveted until the last page."—RT Book Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Absolutely LOVED the book!! Wonderful storyline, hilarious moments, and amazing characters! Janet's first book was great but this one was even better!! A must read!
It’s fun to be a rebel, to be immature for a certain period of life! That’s the label Vera Van Loon has; she’s got a lightweight albeit talented calligrapher’s job, Daddy pays many of the bills, and others make her life in the city with a summer vacation in rural New York swell, indeed! So now she wonders why others are trying to keep her summer lark delayed. An “Uncle Cyrus” is the man they’re trying to make sure she never meets because they are so obviously wild and wacky! Newcomers enter Vera’s life, the first being Georgie across the hall from her place who on first meeting her accidentally informs her that a member of her family is not the staid person she thought, a very upsetting realization. Then he tries to cover his tracks by hinting it’s somebody else and at the same time bringing a disastrous dessert treat that totally belies his culinary abilities! Very funny scenes grace these pages! The story then gets even more bizarre with the appearance of her landlord’s gay, pot-smoking son who it turns out is actually a very, very talented guy who will be part of the inspiration that changes Vera’s career direction but that will take a while. Meanwhile, Vera finally meets “Uncle Cyrus” who is a hot “sex” as others call him. The sparks between them were already primed by the photographs she saw of him, but when they meet it’s a mixed bag of flight or passionate embraces! We get to go back to Vera’s past and meet an artist who earlier broke her heart and an elderly art connoisseur who enables Vera to live where she wants and opens up inspirational doors to reveal the real talent Vera doesn’t even know she has. The Great Divide: A Novel is a fun read that proves that distance, misunderstandings, and the past can’t block a woman from emerging into a beautiful soul and finding the one who complements her in every way. Delightful read!
I loved this book! I'd already read Goss' first novel, 'Perfect on Paper', so I knew I was going to have a good time with the new one. It's a really fun beach read, clever, witty, romantic, and with great characters,. Goss is really facile with words, and there are parts where I found myself laughing out loud, not to mention a few times getting teary. I love books that are well-plotted, character driven, and especially love great writing. This book is both a guilty pleasure and a pleasure to read.
This was my first book by Janet Goss and I really enjoyed this well- developed chick lit! (If I had not been home for Christmas with all the distractions, I could have read this in a weekend, as was hard to put down.) The writing was excellent giving you enough history to set the stage for more to come. The Great Divide was humorous and you will fall in love with all the witty characters. Vera (Aunt Voom) is a beautiful New Yorker –a calligrapher and artist living in Manhattan working for New York Socialites who has been around the block and knows her art. Single, with two best friends (Izzy/NY and the Kit/Poconos weekend summer lake house). She has moved into a cool high rise with doorman, which was owned by her attorney father (her mom and father are moving to Hawaii for retirement). She desires no children and loves her single life -- lives to drive to her beloved Cabin One for the weekends in the Poconos (June-Sept). However, she is now informed this summer she will have to alternate weekends and split the time with the mystery Uncle Cyrus. However, she receives a photo of Uncle Cyrus (best friend of Kit’s husband) and realizes she would love to get to know this hunk of a guy as they are close to the same age and share the love of fun and scrabble among other things. She soon finds out they may want to share more than the Cabin and summer. (He is in Idaho and she in NY). Combine this with banters of emails and texts to keep them going throughout the week, some crazy neighbors, (wow the intensity of planning each weekend to see one another), a new job working for an eccentric art collector, her past love and being a model for a sculptor, a few funky neighbors, and a hunk of an artist/mover, a new job, a younger mystery girl who is a younger version of herself, and the challenge of finding out a secret of Uncle Cyrus which could put a damper on this romance. I connected with this book as reminded me of teenage summers and the thrill of young love, summers by the lake, cabins, and the emotion of summer flings and the reality of long distance relationships. This book was so much more than romance –it will make you laugh throughout. Aunt Looney and Uncle Cyrus made a dynamic duo as best uncle and aunt with some good times and friends---I highly recommend. In the e-book you also get a preview of Perfect on Paper which I look forward to reading. A talented author you will want to follow!