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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Persea (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892552425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892552429
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,898,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Storey (The Lord's Motel) and her heroine Colleen Sweeney return in this lighthearted, though earnest, tale of modern love with its accompanying doubts, societal obligations and challenges to make peace with a checkered past. Houston librarian Colleen, originally from Boston, embarks on a library outreach program to the homeless in an effort to salvage her downsized job. At the same time, she moves in with Dr. Gabriel Benedict, a levelheaded ER medic still licking his wounds from a recent divorce. After a year of dating, Colleen feels drawn to Gabriel but wrestles with many typical emotional "issues": the effects of her own broken home and a childhood in the projects of Boston where her semi-homeless father still lives; her craving for intimacy; and her daunting armory of self-defense mechanisms. With its sprightly, sometimes wildly humorous repartee, the novel deftly details Colleen's relationships with Gabriel, her shopping-maniac friend Gigi and with Gabriel's too-Texan-for-words parents, Peaches and King. However, Colleen's nagging problems drag the rather lightweight story down, adding little of redemptive or original value.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Fans of Colleen Sweeney, a politically correct librarian with a checkered sexual past, will be happy to learn she's back. At the end of The Lord's Motel (LJ 9/1/92), she had just met Gabriel Benedict, a serious young doctor working in an emergency room. In this sequel, she moves into his condo in God's Country Club and struggles to make the relationship work. Although he seems to be Mr. Right, there are challenges. He's from a wealthy family in Fort Worth; she's from a dysfunctional family and has a homeless father. While Gabriel's mother spends her days at a spa, Colleen interviews homeless people to develop a library services outreach program for the disadvantaged. Can this couple find happiness in today's complicated world? The novel is filled with clashes between the sexes, races, classes, and the North and South. However, the issues are handled with good humor, so they don't become tedious. Recommended.?Kimberly G. Allen, MCI Corp. Information Resources Ctr., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD

Gail D. Storey is the author of I PROMISE NOT TO SUFFER: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award, Nautilus Silver Award, Colorado Book Award, and Barbara Savage Award from The Mountaineers Books (2013). An inexperienced hiker and camper, she left a comfortable urban life to hike the 2,663-mile PCT with her husband, and lived to tell this hilariously harrowing tale.

Her first novel, THE LORD'S MOTEL (Persea Books, NY) was praised by the New York Times Book Review as "a tale of unwise judgments and wise humor." Her second novel, GOD'S COUNTRY CLUB (Persea Books, NY), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.

She and her husband, Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM, a national leader in hospice and palliative medicine, bicycled on their tandem from Texas to Maine and Texas to San Diego. They live in Boulder, Colorado, where Gail is notorious for jumping out of cakes and for her "sins of humor."



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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Ms.Storey has created unforgettable characters in the very contemporary relationship of Colleen and Gabriel. The family of origin dramas, the stepmother crisis', and Colleen's attempt to explain to her Yankee boyfriend how Texas won The War, all add up to a hilarious and touching page turner. Read Storey's first book, "The Lord's Motel" for further adventures of her quirky characters
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By mirope on March 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Gail Donohoe Storey has done a perfect job of describing the life of a yankee transplanted into the heart of Texas. Her eye for detail about the unique Texas class distinctions is dead-on. Any Texan, former Texan or wanna-be-Texan will love the description of the debutante ball. And any book that includes a scene about Chuy's margaritas is going to get five stars from me. Obviously, the setting was my favorite part of this charming story of love and family. By and large the characters were well-drawn, and the plot was entertaining. The title has nothing to do with the book - just a cutesy phrase unwisely appended to an otherwise entertaining read.
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By Elisabeth Hyde on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Gail Storey is so skilled at blending wit, social commentary, and personal insight that you will find yourself completely absorbed and entertained by this novel. Time and time again I was amused and intrigued by her descriptions of Texas social life -- but the novel is so much more than that, and you should be prepared to question many of your assumptions about modern relationships. I'm very much looking forward to reading more of her work!
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By A Customer on September 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Gail tells a wonderful story full of balance,love and peace between two families of very different lifestyles. A book you will not want to put down!!!!
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