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Product Details

  • Series: Silhouette Special Edition (Book 1674)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373246749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373246748
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,123,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.4 out of 5 stars

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By lawlady on February 28, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was horrible.

The premise was that the two people (Harry and Althea) were lost loves who got back together after ten years and rekindled their relationship. Well, first off, in my opinion, the reason they broke up was that Althea was a selfish brat and ten years later Harry turns out to be a whiny brat. The book does not give any insight into their past relationship other than the fact that it ended badly. Also, we were not given any insight into the growth of either of these people. I did not know anything more about them at the end of the book than I did at the beginning.

According to the blurb on the back cover and in the book, the story was supposed to addres the sensitive issue of interracial dating and single motherhood. Well, it did a poor job on both of these. Althea and Harry are an interracial couple. Althea's friend, Benecia, had a child out of wedlock at age 17 and was put out of her mama's home. She was abandoned by the father and is raising her child alone. There. I have addressed it as much as the book did. That was it. No exaggeration.

One second Althea and Harry are adversaries snarling at each other over past issues and the next second, she is full of concern and love when he gets ill and then wham- they are in love again. There is no neat segue into the relationship.

The dialogue is poor and disjointed and the relationship makes no sense. Harry is crabby and clingy and whiny and unappealing as anyone's true love and the love scenes were vague and skimpy.

I did not ever get the sense that these 2 people knew each other as people let alone fell in love. There was not even the usual Harlequin "hate each other until the end of the book and then fall in love in the last chapter". There was nothing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Interracial Romance Collector on April 2, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't know what to exactly say abou this particular book. Picking up the Pieces left me wanting more. Althea Almott was a model that got divorced from her rich husband and came back home to run straight into her ex-lover Harry Benson at the airport.

Harry Bensen had never stopped loving Althea and wanted to find a way to get her back into his life when he finds out about her divorce.

But what confused me about the book is I never knew why they exactly broke up. Was it a racial issue from her side or his side. Did Althea want her career more than him? How did they become lovers in the first place?

I could never really grasp the characters inside the story at all. They kept me wanting more, but I never get it. The concept of how the two got back together confused me too. Harry gets sick in the airport and Althea can't stand the sight of him and doesn't want him around her, but she tells the hospital she'll nurse him back to health? Why would she do that?

Harry loves her, but doesn't want to stay and fight for her after overhearing a small portion of a private converstion with her ex-husband. Instead he storms out and make Althea track him down and explain her feeling more?

I really never felt the love between the characters in the book and I wished I had.

Maybe I'm not use to reading Silhouette Romance books and that the reason the characters and plot didn't grab me, but I did't fall in love with the hero and heroine in this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By readaholic on June 19, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was extremely boring and made absolutely no sense. the characters were disjointed and unappealing. I gave it 1 star because I had to, it doesn't deserve any. If you can find it in your local library read it there, because this one is a definite DO NOT BUY
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandydee on June 14, 2005
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This book was so boring. Is Barbara Gale and Eva Rutland the same person? If so, then I can understand why this book is soooooo boooooring! I threw it in the trash-where it definitely belongs!
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