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Above And Beyond (Brown, Sandra) Hardcover – March 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Brown, Sandra
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; First Edition edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077832026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778320265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandra Brown is a New York Times bestselling author who creates marvelously entertaining love stories. There are close to seventy million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work is published in over thirty languages. She and her husband live in Texas.

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Kyla Stroud is widowed after her husband, a marine stationed in Cairo, dies in a terrorist attack there. In Texas Kyla meets Trevor Rule, a handsome builder who forms a friendship with her and her young child. But secrets from his past threaten to destroy their chance at happiness. Kate Forbes instills each character with a range of emotions by varying the intensity of her voice. Her narration is crisp and clean as she creates unique voices for all of the players. Kyla's resonates with a sweet honesty while Trevor's voice is filled with sensuality and self-assuredness. All in all, Forbes's narration creates an engaging listening experience. S.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

It's a keeper of a book!
The main character,Kyla,loved her late husband so deeply that she is not able to turn loose of him after he dies to make room for another love.
After finishing the story, it just did not seem complete to me.
Tracy Vest

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was one of Sandra Brown's best! The story line was excellent and the characters of Trevor and Kyla became almost real to me. Trevor is the kind of man that every woman dreams about.
Trevor has in his possession all of Kyla's letters that she had written to her dead husband. He had been stationed with her husband and had been sent these letters along with his other belongings. While healing from very serious wounds in the hospital, her letters give him the will to live. He would read them over and over until he had them memorized word for word.
He falls in love with Kyla through these letters and how he arranges to meet Kyla after he is released from the hospital is one of the best story lines that I have ever read.
It is worth adding to your book collection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By janlouise on March 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Great storyline, great characters, sweet love scenes that don't get gross with graphics- a great read! It will be a keeper for me! Kyla's husband, Richard- a marine who is guarding the embassy- dies during a bombing, the day after the birth of their little boy. Trevor, also a marine, survives the bombing losing his left eye as well as his left side being crushed. He survives the extensive pain, surgeries, and rehab by reading and rereading letters that were in with his belongings returned to him. Sweet love letters written by Kyla to Richard. He decides he wants to meet the women of such love. When he finally gets out of rehab 1 1/2 years later he heads to where Kyla & son are now living with her parents. She's a "knock-out!" Love at first sight for Trevor- so he starts finding ways to meet Kyla and get to know her better, become a part of her life and introduce her to the man he has become. He can't just go up to her and introduce himself to her because he was known as "Smooch"- if that tells you anything. Richard had shared "Smooch's" adventures with Kyla & she detested him. But life has given Trevor a 2nd chance. And he wants to prove that to Kyla before she finds out the truth of who he was.
A great love story! Trevor is a doll and Kyla is a sweetie that has to finally give up her husbands ghost to love another. It is easy for us to say "Kyla get real and go after Trevor!" But until Trevor she has been living for her son, convincing herself that there will never be another love for her. It is easy as a reader to say give it up but put yourself in her place. It's a keeper of a book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Soltoff on December 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
the writing was a little choppy, but I found the characters both likeable and human. Kyla's loyalty to her late husband is frustrating because this is a romance novel and she's one of the obstacles to the HEA the hero and heroine are seeking, but her reluctance to move on is entirely understandable. Everyone grieves at her own pace and Trevor is incredibly understanding, despite how hard Kyla makes it for him.

At first, Trevor's obsession with Kyla was a little creepy, but, under the circumstances, believable and after Kyla finds out who he really is, Babs does put a positive spin on it and shows that he hasn't really done anything all that awful. I think it's more complicated than that, but this is one of Sandra Browns earlier books and she was restricted by the limits of a category romance.

It was interesting reading this reprint nearly twenty years later and seeing the way the military and the Middle East were presented in popular fiction after the Marine barracks bombing. It wasn't the thrust of the book, but for me it was enticing.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was that Trevor's injuries were never an issue. Yes, superficially they sort of affected the plot. There were a couple instances where people stared and he was a little self-conscious with Kyla about the damage to his leg. But Brown presents him as just so sexy that it's not really an obstacle for him. I think I would have liked him more if he had not been a ladies man suddenly changed by this terrible tragedy into a one-woman man but who still has all the charm and charisma and sex appeal that make him the town's most eligible bachelor. I think of all our servicemen who weren't incredible ladies' men before terrible injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan and find their story to be missing here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on June 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In a senseless act of terrorism, Kyla loses her husband Richard the night their son is born. Distraught, she vows to honor his memory and remain in mourning.

Trevor is devastated when he discovers that the only reason that he survived the bombing is because he passed out in his best friend's bunk. While recuperating in the hospital, his personal effects are delivered, including heart-wrenching love letters that Kyla wrote to Richard while he was stationed in Egypt. With each letter, he finds himself more and more attracted to Kyla and the life that Richard was not able to return to.

Now disfigured (and wearing an eye patch as a badge of honor), former womanizer Trevor returns to the US and rather than work at his father's law firm, decides to become a building contractor, seeking out the widow he has fallen in love with. After watching from afar, he finally introduces himself, and slowly chips away at Kyla's armor. Through the letters, Trevor knows just how to get to her.

Brown does a good job with the material, but I would have like to have seen more of his recovery, particularly since his personality took a 180, as well as reactions of others to his supposedly disfiguring injuries which never seemed to bring negative attention to him. After finishing the story, it just did not seem complete to me.
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More About the Author

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), RAINWATER (2010), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008) & PLAY DIRTY (2007).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program "PM Magazine."

She is much in demand as a speaker and guest television hostess. Her episode on truTV's "Murder by the Book" premiered the series in 2008 and she was one of the launch authors for Investigation Discovery's new series, "Hardcover Mysteries."

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer's Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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