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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603181040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603181044
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,291,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fun, sassy, and mysterious...this is one of those books that you won't put down until you find out exactly who is playing who.

Reviewer: Amy Lignor --Authorlink.com & TheCelebrityCafe.com

Past Imperfect is a pleasurable read ... that will touch your heartstrings. Smooth flowing dialogue makes this a story you can breeze thru....
~Matilda   --Coffee Time Romance & More

J.M. Cornwell has written an endearing story about Diana who becomes conflicted and begins to question her choices.  Every detail is beautifully described for the reader, making it difficult to put the book down. ~Emily
--SingleTitles.com

One thing about Diana is that she is one determined lady and no matter what the problem she prevails. These are three people with so many obstacles yet one chance ... to find their true love. I just loved it. ~Melinda --NightOwlReviews.com

Past Imperfect is not a perfect story but a very good story with many twists and turns. The twisted minds and manipulations made [it] a darker romance. I enjoyed it. If you enjoy romance with lots of surprises, you will too. --Long and Short Reviews

From the Author

Many people believe that writers get paid to lie, and for some that is true. I get paid to dream and I use my own experiences, dreams conversations and the people I know in creating the stories I tell. Everything begins with "what if" and, if the muse is good to me, takes on a life of its own, as it did in Past Imperfect.

Unlike the essays and stories I write for for the Chicken Soup and Cup of Comfort anthologies, all of which are bits and pieces of my life, my novels and short stories come from dreams and fantasies and hopes.

In Past Imperfect I began with hurt and anger at being dumped because I was the right woman but not THE right woman. The story I intended to write changed during the process when one of the background characters, John Logan, began bugging me in my sleep. He told me he was more involved than I thought. After days of sleepless nights with Logan pestering me, I gave in and let him tell his story. He was right. Logan did have a bigger stake in the story and he told me things I didn't know.

That's the best part about writing. When you do it right, the characters come alive and take over. The bad part is that they come alive and take over and refuse to take direction. Prima donas!

I have since learned to listen to characters because they know more about their lives, hopes and dreams than I do. I am, as Andre Norton once told me, merely an observer, a journalist taking down notes and describing what I see. When the author is invisible, or nearly so, the book is much better and provides a window onto a world the reader visits and revisits until the characters' trials and tribulations become a part of the reader's life. Or at least that what writers hope -- that their storybook people come alive and touch other people's lives. I certainly do.

More About the Author

J. M. Cornwell is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup and Cup of Comfort anthologies whose novel, "Past Imperfect", debuted July 2009. When writing about family foibles, relationships, writing, books and flights of fancy, she contributes to http://www.redroom.com/members/fixnwrtr and may be emailed at fixnwrtr@gmail.com. The most recent novel is "Among Women" about a young woman who is abandoned in New Orleans and jailed on a false charge.

Ms. Cornwell lives in Colorado in the shadow of Pikes Peak.

Customer Reviews

She knows him but he does not know her.
Virginia
There was a slight plot twist at the end of the book - if you like surprise endings as well.
Pam Dykstra
Being a guy, I figured this romance novel would be a typical sappy love story.
Glen Ayala

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary-Grace Ellington on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
PAST IMPERFECT is the story of a woman with plans for the future. Five years after an almost fatal crash, Diana (a successful writer and a pilot) sets off to show Adrian Cahill that they were always meant to be together. She's learned so much in those five years, changed. The surgeries changed her. She changed her identitiy. Time and the loss of love have perhaps changed her most of all. Adrian didn't see what he had the first time around. She is determined not to let it get past him this time.

Like many of us, she works hard to lay out certain plans. Life always has lessons to teach us about who isn't in charge. What she has been up to since that accident has everything to do her past but more to do with her future than she knows.

I can't tell you much more without spoiling the fun. There are smart bits of whimsy in this book. Diana has a strength and a flare about her that I enjoy. Each character offers a personality that pulls you in further to the story. I didn't see how every thing was going to play out.

I liked the fact that while it was a romance, it was romance light. Diana takes you with her as she bounces from situation to situation. She controls the pace of your ride through her life. Sometimes those are dark places and sometimes they are beautiful and luxurious. In the end, you feel what she feels. You laugh right along with her and curse the follies of love just the same.

Pure and simple: enjoyable, warm, funny, and exciting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glen Ayala on May 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Who would have thought that I would read a romance novel. I had originally planned on just perusing through the book to get an idea of how creative J.M. Cornwell is. Being a guy, I figured this romance novel would be a typical sappy love story. You know the kind, similar to a "chick flick". Boy, was I wrong. This book was so captivating, that once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. And I was good, I didn't cheat and read the last chapter half way into it to see how it ended. I thought I knew how it would end, but I was wrong. The surprise ending was Great!!!! J.M. Cornwell did an excellent job bringing out these characters. I found it especially interesting that I could relate to the locations and landmarks being that the story occured in my home town. I know that the story revolves around a very strong and determined woman, so there wasn't much background on the other characters involved. But, I have to admit, I too would like to know more of Logan's background. I'd be interested in seeing how creative J.M. could be writing a man's story. Perhaps a sequel using Logan's background, and his thoughts during his time with Diana. Great Job J.M. I can't wait to read your next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. Evans on September 17, 2009
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As a guy, I'm not a huge romance novel fan, but I must admit I do have my "must read" authors (Nicholas Sparks is one). Anyway, from the moment I started reading, J M Cornwell had complete control of my time and attention. I'm not much for putting thoughts into words, but Diana's story was captivating. I give this rating 5 stars with only a slight complaint that the reading is what I will call almost too dense - there is a lot in what is written and perhaps the story could have been expanded to develop characters more and spread the story out over more time (story time, not reading time), but I hesitate to even call that a negative because the writing is done so well. I guess if "fluff" was added, it could've easily been a novel twice its length. In the end I was satisfied but sorry the read was over. I'll be watching for more stories from J M.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnnReads on June 24, 2010
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I don't read much romance fiction, and yet I devoured "Past Imperfect." It's not a typical romance novel and perhaps that's why I enjoyed it so much. Diana isn't the typical simpering romance heroine. Adrian and Logan aren't run of the mill romance heroes, either. The writing itself will distinguish this book from most if not all romance novels. You will be immersed in Diana's world with all your senses blazing. This book will carry you along with its plot and characters and take you places you couldn't have imagined when you started at page one.

You will not regret reading "Past Imperfect." I can't recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angieleigh on August 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

First and foremost, this is NOT really a romance novel; it reads more like a mystery or suspense.

Diana was in a nasty car crash that disfigured her face. After having surgery, she buys a cabin in the mountains of Pennsylvania and spends several years there recovering. Diana is an avid aviator and writes horror novels for a living. She's obsessed with her former boyfriend {if you can really call him that} and sets out to win his heart by entrapment. Diana also suffers from horrifying nightmares, whom her best friend, Logan, always seems to come rescue her from.

The plot was satisfying, but not great. At times you could pretty much tell what was going to happen next; other times you're a bit creeped out by how...stalkerish Diana seems to be. Towards the end it gets a bit frustrating because there was a lot of mystery without any real clues as to what was really going on.

However, it was a good read and easy to finish in a few hours or a day. I would definitely recommend it.
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