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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061040932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061040931
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The clues to the identity of the heroine in this contemporary romance can be obvious and heavy-handed, but the variety of characters Delinsky ( A Woman Betrayed) presents provides ample entertainment. Mystery surrounds the birth of Chelsea Kane. Adopted by the Kanes, she knows only that she was born in Norwich Notch, a small New Hampshire town. An architect, Chelsea gains her first uncertain foothold in Norwich Notch by buying into its largest business, a financially troubled granite company. Locals resent Chelsea's intrusive presence, but two who take to her are Hunter Love (in a friendly sort of way) and "stunningly male" Judd Streeter (passionately). Someone who obviously doesn't take to her, however, scares her with late-night telephone calls and torches her barn. Chelsea's efforts to earn a place in the community and in Judd's heart are endangered when she learns she is pregnant. Judd is not the father, and Notch residents disapprove of unwed mothers. In this small-town romance Delinsky refreshingly takes the opportunity to poke fun at social snobbery and moral hypocrisy.
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About the Author

Barbara Delinsky, a lifelong New Englander, was a sociologist and photographer before she began to write. There are more than 30 million copies of her books in print.


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Barbara Delinsky, author of SWEET SALT AIR (2013), ESCAPE (2011), NOT MY DAUGHTER (2010), WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS (2009), THE SECRET BETWEEN US (2008), and FAMILY TREE (2007), has written more than twenty-one bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. She has been published in twenty languages worldwide. Barbara's fiction centers upon everyday families facing not-so-everyday challenges. She is particularly drawn to exploring themes of motherhood, marriage, sibling rivalry, and friendship in her novels.

A lifelong New Englander, Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. As a breast cancer survivor who lost her mother to the disease when she was only eight, Barbara compiled the non-fiction book Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes. She donates her proceeds from the sale of this book to her charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Barbara enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She also loves to interact with her readers through her website at www.barbaradelinsky.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bdelinsky, and on Twitter as @BarbaraDelinsky.

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I was rewarded with suspence, romance, and great characters.
"tj65"
The plot flowed effortlessly and I throughly enjoyed the development of the main characters, especially Chelsea.
Mekz
I have enjoyed reading Barbara Delinksy's books, and this is very much one of her best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heartsong on March 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The title is a bit misleading in that it is not about sexual/sensual passions per se (although that plays a part in the story). It is more to do with Chelsea's life's passions, mainly her obsession in finding her birth parents. While on her search she encounters many adversities, including being shunned by a reserved New England community that does not condone her free-spirited lifestyle, including a pregnancy without a father in the picture, a love affair with one of the town's available and handsome men, and a business partnership in the town quarry.
As the story unfolds, we learn that Norwich Notch has some hidden secrets and "skeletons" of their own that they don't want uncovered and disclosed, which include illegitimacy and domestic abuse. In other words, they want to give the appearance that they are a quaint, New England community... "appearance" being the definitive word. Thus, it is easier for them to hold Chelsea Kane in judgment rather than admit their own shortcomings.
I gave the book 4 stars because I thought it was a bit too long. I would have left out the lengthy descriptions of the quarry business. Aside from that, it's one of those books that will grab your attention from the beginning and keeps you hooked right up to the end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Mullis on April 19, 2001
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I have enjoyed reading Barbara Delinksy's books, and this is very much one of her best. She seems to be able to take various subjects and flesh them out with characters who are true to life. While I enjoyed very much reading about Chelsea's search for her birth parents, the subplot about Donna and her situation (spousal abuse) was equally compelling. I agree with the other reviews that the conflict of the family heirloom was left unresolved and should have been dealt with, as well as the relationship between Chelsea and her adoptive (read that "real") father, Kevin. But, in spite of that, Barbara Delinsky has written a book one will not easily forget, with characters you will remember for a long, long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
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This book tells the story of a woman, Chelsea Kane, who, after the death of her adoptive mother, decides to "discover" herself by looking up her biological parents. She moves to Norwich Notch (her birth place) to start her search. The book is slow and other than Chelsea, the character development lacks some. But after finishing the book, I decided the slow moving pace of the book represented the slow pace of life in Norwich Notch. Ms. Delinsky starts the book out with a family squabble over a divided set of jewelry, which leads the reader to believe this is one of the conflicts Chelsea has to resolve throughout the book. While the other conflicts resolve in a satisfying way, this story line has no closure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 7, 2004
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Chelsea Kane always realizes that she was adopted but her family didn't want her to know anything about her biological parents. They destroyed all the records. When her mother dies, her lawyer gives to Chelsea an envelope postmarked Norwich Notch, New Hampshire. Before she makes the decision to go to the town of her birth, she makes love with her best friend and business partner Carl Harper.
She becomes pregnant but before she can tell Carl, he informs her he is marrying the woman who is carrying his twins. Needing a place to escape to and wanting to find out about her biological roots, Chelsea moves to the small conservative village of her birth, buys into a business and meets Judd Streeter who is Chelsea's foreman on the quarry site. While the two fight their growing feelings for one another, someone in town attempts to scare her into leaving, going so far as to trying to run her over and burning down her home.
It has been over eleven years since THE PASSIONS OF CHELSEA KANE was published but classics such as this stand the test of time and remain a strong read when reprinted. The relationship between the heroine and her love is so dynamic and explosive, sparks fly off the pages. The townsfolk are an interesting group who give color and atmosphere to the plot and demonstrate that even in a small hamlet, there remains a huge gap between the classes.
Harriet Klausner
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
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I loved this book! The twists and turns keep you entrigued. There were plenty of times by jaw dropped. I was disappointed to finish reading. It is definitely a book that keeps you guessing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Hunker on February 7, 2005
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One of the only books I truly love, I have read my copy so much it is falling apart and I have to buy a new one. I have read other books by Barbara Delinsky, but this one, in my opinion, is one of her best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Gonzalez on June 27, 2003
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This book really grabed me from the start. I think it is one of the author's best novels. Don't be thrown off by the size of the book... it is a very fast read. Overall it is a very pleasant and heart warming book. My only negative comment is I found the sub-plot about Donna a little depressing. But I am sure a real critic would say that Donna made the book believable.
Don't pass this one up!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
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I became a huge fan of any romance novel written by Barbara Delinsky after reading this thriller. This was so compelling and erotic that I just couldn't put it down. I went back and reread some of the amorous scenes just to relive them. This is a great read, the tree seen is very erotic. Enjoy!
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