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Product Details

  • Paperback: 798 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris, Corp. (July 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462898394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462898398
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,395,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the author: Delinda McCann

Delinda McCann is a social psychologist who has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over twenty years. She has served on committees for the state of Washington and been an educational advisor to other governments. Her work has earned her the praise of doctors, government officials and families all over the world. She has published numerous articles on disability issues, education, and adoption. Her unique perspective and sense of humor have delighted her readers even when she has been writing about the reality of caring for a loved one who has a severe disability. When the world turns crazy, as it frequently does for the disability community, her friends say there is nobody they would rather laugh and cry with.

Delinda lives a on a small farm near Seattle, WA where she raised her daughters and now runs a small organic flower business with the help of her husband and two giant poodles. She enjoys singing with her church choir and playing the piano-poorly. A brush with cancer made her realize that she needed to slow down, so she turned to writing fiction inspired by her behind-the-scenes experiences of advocating for and loving the people who are just a little bit different.

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Delinda McCann is a Social Psychologist. She is very concerned about our economic problems in our country and how all of these social issues affects our people. She is a mature woman who has gained deep wisdom from raising her own family, plus working with children and adults with special needs and with the needs of their caregivers. She is well educated and keeps up with current events in our world. She also gardens and sells the most beautiful flowers at a small 'honor system" stand in a community near her home. I have met Delinda, and admire her now even more that I have read her book. She writes with passion and understanding of our needs both spiritual and physical. She also writes with a bit of humor and fun. If she wants to clarify any part of my review - I invite her to correct, or add to, what I have said here, by adding her own review below mine.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sensate on March 28, 2012
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Delinda McCann has written an unbelievable account of society's interpretation of a dementia caregiver, the social reform for the care of orphans, and a love story strong enough to transcend global terrorism.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 22, 2011
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One would presume a male would not necessarily check in on a "Possibly Classified" "Chick Romance Novel". What sucks you in is the assimilation of the main character, well done, author! (Delinda McCann) It is uplifting out of the gate to relate how the human spirit can overcome adversity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2012
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Lies That Bind

By Delinda Mccann

Xlibris Corporation

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Nachlinger on July 23, 2012
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After reading reviews posted by others, I find that they have done a good job of describing the plot of this saga. So I'll just add a couple of things that resonated most with me.

Ms. McCann did a wonderful job showing the attitudes of many people toward caregivers by describing the reality of Celia's day-to-day life. She is trapped inside her home, unable to leave her husband, who suffers from dementia. Even trips to the grocery store are major outings for her. Yet her family is quick to criticize when she asks for help and are never available to assist her in her husband's round-the-clock care. In spite of this burden, as well as having raised a stepson with autism and fetal alcohol syndrome, Celia has a positive attitude and is able to embrace love when it comes her way. Delinda did a superb job of revealing the character's reality and caused me to be more mindful of the stresses caregivers must endure.

I also enjoyed Delinda's descriptions of settings -- everything from the President's palace to the orphanages she visited. I felt as if I stood looking over her characters' shoulders, eavesdropping on their dialogue, seeing what they saw. Her writing is vivid and compelling.

Though Lies That Bind is long, it is rich in detail and meaning, and reading it is a worthwhile investment of time. I'm looking forward to Delinda's next creation.
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