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Lies That Bind Paperback – July 25, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
In this book, LIES THAT BIND, Celia is a mature woman caring for a husband several years into Dementia, on call twenty four hours each day. In the past she has traveled with her husband, is well educated and helped raise a step-son with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) and Autism. To "reach out and help others" who are dealing with caring for children and adults with special needs, she started a very successful blog. Jake, an elected President of a small fictitious country, half way round the world, also has a mother going into dementia and concerns about his caretaker Father. President Jake is so impressed with Celia's warmth and wisdom that he wants to meet her. So, he arranges to be in her area a few days and invites her out to lunch. Celia has not gone out for so long, she doesn't know how to act, but they hit it off and they start an email conversation.Read more ›
She does this by encapsulating you into the daily lives of the characters so meticulously interwoven with the story that you seemingly become part of the extended family.
Although this book was not in my preferred genre, it was so compelling and `real' I searched Google Earth to see if I could find the location trying to be closer to the characters anyway I could. I was angry with the southerners for their lack of social conscience, and hurt when they tried to hamper Jake's campaign. No doubt this reaction was one the author intended.
This was a well-written and engaging full-length (and then some) novel. Kudos to Delinda for slipping a bit of social psychology into this reader while I was unaware, happily reading a love story.
By Delinda Mccann
Celia McKinsey never dreams that the e-mail friend she agrees to meet at a hotel is President Jake Jaconovich, and surrounded by armed guards for protection. Jake never expects the beautiful, exotic Celia to be other than fat with a cancer scar on her face. Upon learning that her e-mail friend is president of another country, Celia is awestruck.
They enjoy a delectable tea and a short shopping trip, and then Jake tells her that this will be their last visit. He's married and has to keep a clean reputation for the people of the country he loves. Celia has to remain caretaker for her once successful husband Kevin, who is now incapacitated and demented. Celia took a chance leaving him for her four-hour visit with Jake, but the church volunteer makes it clear he will never try to handle Kevin again. Yet their e-mail friendship continues on a friendly basis, and accelerates when Jake sends her a private cell phone so they can speak to each other. It isn't long before Jake and Celia become lovers and they complete each other, giving what each of them what has been needed for so long. Their growing passion seems to know no bounds.
Jake takes Celia first to Paris and then to his country for a week. She visits in the guise of advisor and specialist for the welfare of the country's orphans. She meets Leah, his wife, who seems to have no interest in Jake, politics or their three children. Celia hates to leave the man she's grown to love and his country, but her responsibility as caregiver to her husband is her priority. Jake's government gives Celia enough money, a huge sum, as payment for her advice on handling the orphan situation.Read more ›
Ms. McCann's social conscious is apparent in her treatment of characters with disabilities. She carries the reader into their world displaying their difficulties and successes. She peppers the book with mystery, intrigue and mildly sexual scenes that add depth to the story. Overall it is an enjoyable book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was my first excursion into the world of the romance novel. My genre is usually mystery and crime thrillers. I admit, I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Brian Benson
While the plot may have a fairy tale quality, the story has messages about the heart-breaking tragedy of senile dementia and the plight of oft-forgotten children in orphanages. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A little impossible to believe total fantasy. Doesn't hold my attention.....
A woman's dream and it does show compassion
If you like to dream then go for it