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Forgiven (Eden's Children) (Harlequin Intrigue, No. 630) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373226306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373226306
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, "a new take on the classic ghost story." Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional margarita.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Penny Griffin, Intrigue Fan on October 8, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Amanda Stevens brings the Eden's Children saga to a lovely close in "The Forgiven." Ten years after her daughter Sadie was kidnapped, Naomi Cross learns a secret that sends her to New Orleans--and Alex DeWitt. She believes Alex's daughter is hers. Alex has no intention of losing his daughter to this stranger. Can they dare to work together to unravel the truth about the daughter she believes they share?

Like book two, "The Tempted," "The Forgiven" is an engrossing emotional drama and a true page-turner. Everything that made that book good is present in "The Forgiven." This book stands with Ms. Stevens's strongest, a story with deep emotion and strong characters. The premise faced by the main characters is heartbreaking and Stevens fills their story with her usual moving prose. Naomi and Alex are instantly sympathetic. "The Forgiven" is less melodramatic and more emotional than "The Tempted," making this story that much more effective. This is the kind of book that shows you don't need lots of explosions and action scenes to make a fast-paced read. The story here is mystery and character oriented and flies by.

One weakness that's unusual for Ms. Stevens is the mystery. The intrigue is surprisingly weak for one of her book. The clues aren't dropped with Ms. Stevens's usual grace, and many readers may figure out the ending long before it comes. This is partly because there is really only one solution that makes much sense here. Stevens tries to keep the secret to the end. This results in scenes where we think the characters will catch on, only to have them jump to clearly wrong solutions instead of the more obvious true one. It can be very frustrating watching the characters miss the obvious truth time and again before it finally comes out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on April 21, 2002
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While The Forgiven does features a tight, emotionally well grounded mystery, I felt that the romance was a tad weak. Perhaps it was the constraints of the category format, which only seemed to allow for one segment of the romantic suspense plotline to be examined. Here it's the mystery, which, as I have already said, is quite good. Alex and Naomi are sympathetic heroes, but some of their actions feel strange and unrealistic for people who are total strangers and facing such different legal challenges. But these are minor quibbles, The Forgiven's individual moments are better than the sum of those parts and that, coupled with its cast of strong characters, makes the novel almost impossible to put down - I read it in one day. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hartmann on December 30, 2007
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A pretty realistic plot where the characters don't have a clue about what is going on.
The trouble is they were stumbling through their clues while we could mentally jump ahead of them.

Taryn DeWitt has some trauma to deal with, and who was helping her?
She is determined to find out who killed her mother.

Alex DeWitt was still the number one suspect in lieutenant James Robicheaux's eyes in the murder of his wife, Aubree.
Then again we are led to suspect Foley Boudreaux of having an affair with Aubree.

So who is the character that attacks Naomi Cross in her Spenser Hotel room? And the lieutenant wonders <g> how this 200 pound man got between Naomi and the switchblade.

Poor old Joseph Bellamy ends up losing all the way around. Which is generally the case in bad tempered people.

Naomi is sure that she has lost one child but found another in Taryn. She logically knows that she can't separate Taryn from her father. But she can't give her up if she proves to be her child.
A mother will do anything for her child, even marry a man she hardly knows, to protect that child. And to feel an attraction on top of it just heightens the response. But to hop in bed with such fragile security? Very questionable.

This has turned out to be an excellent trilogy - it holds your interest with the twists to the plots - and keeps you coming to read the resolutions to each parties trauma.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED trilogy - -M - Well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Oliver on September 29, 2001
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If you have read the first two books of the Eden's Children series, you need to read this one and finally find out what happened to Naomi's child, Sadie. Not a lot of overwhelming romance, just happens very quickly. There was a very interesting twist to solving the mystery that was not told until the very end. Amanda Stevens did a great job with this series and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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