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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551669218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551669212
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Richards (Fox River) adds to the territory staked out by such authors as Barbara Delinsky and Kristin Hannah with her hardcover debut, an engrossing novel about rebuilding relationships after a betrayal. Faith Bronson, daughter of an overbearing U. S. senator and wife of a conservative family-values lobbyist, gets a shock when she stumbles upon her beloved husband with his male lover. After the development becomes public, the repercussions sweep away her sheltered life and profoundly affect her children, nine-year-old Alex and 14-year-old Remy, as well as her parents' marriage. Faith's new life begins when her mother gives her their old family home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., which is badly in need of repair. The house guards long-buried secrets: some sweet, some tragic and some pertaining to the unsolved kidnapping of Faith's older sister as an infant. While Faith attempts to come to terms with her family's past, she must rein in rebellious Remy, who's resentful of having to move to a new house and a new school, and deal with her attraction to Internet entrepreneur Pavel Quinn, a man with secrets of his own. Over the course of a year, Faith renovates the house and, in the process, lays down the foundation for her future. Richards's writing is unpretentious and effective ("She'd never had to think about what to say to her daughter. Now every word needed a rehearsal"), and her characters burst with vitality and authenticity despite a dose of sentimentality near the end.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

It was a mystery to Faith Bronson why her 15-year marriage had gone from passionate to platonic, but when she discovers her husband in the arms of another man, the solution turns her world upside down. Now an even greater mystery awaits her as she and her two adolescent children begin anew in a ramshackle Georgetown row house that has been in her mother's family for generations. Nearly 40 years ago, her parents' first child, Hope, had been kidnapped from the upstairs nursery, and the mystery of her disappearance has haunted and divided the family ever since. As Faith works to unearth family secrets and renovate her ancestral home, she encounters Pavel Quinn, a sexy neighbor whose attention she welcomes until her investigation uncovers the truth about Pavel's own shadowy past. The story of a newly-single woman struggling to reinvent herself in the wake of a divorce is hardly a new one, but Richards does the predictable plot proud through this compelling story of a family's destruction and resurrection. Carol Haggas
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I'm the author of 70 something novels. I find relationships fascinating and write about them no matter what genre I'm exploring at the moment.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on August 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is definitely one of the best romantic mysteries I have found this year. I happened to stumble across it at a garage sale and picked it up. It is definitely a find ~~ now, I have found another author to add to my favorites list. Emilie Richards is an author to keep an eye out for.
This book is a gem. It starts out with Faith, the perfect daughter of an US senator and his wife, perfect wife of an upcoming and rising politican and mother of two, Remy and Alex. One day, her world crumbles when she discovers her husband is having an affair ~~ and found her world is built upon shams and deep secrets. For starters, her parents survived the kidnapping of her older sister, Hope. And secondly, she has to rebuilt the Georgetown home that is her mother's ~~ and while there, she starts to explore what the past holds. Along the way, she meets Dottie Lee, her next door neighbor who seems to know all the secrets of everyone who have lived in Georgetown, and she meets Pavel Quinn, a man with a secret of his own.
This is a really insightful novel ~~ not only is Faith dealing with the issues of her failed marriage, she is dealing with her parents' secrets, Remy's attitude change from being the perfect daughter to the teenager from hell, and Alex's blooming into a delightful young man who discovers his own talents. Also, Faith has to work with her images as being the perfect daughter/wife/mother ~~ and accepts herself in the end.
It is just a really interesting book ~~ full of twists and turns that keeps you guessing. And it does tug at your heartstrings ~~ Richards writes with feeling. She is definitely one author I'd like to read more of!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Passionate on March 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
And by that I mean that if you're looking for the standard bodice-ripper, this ain't it. We all know how the average romance novel goes: guy meets girl, sexual attraction is immediate, but for some reason they can't admit their love until the end of the book. And, these days, lots of sex scenes thrown in along the way.
Prospect Street adds a lot more turns to that simple path. What it offers are situations that expertly mirror reality, and that force the reader to recall a truth we too often forget--things are seldom black and white.
Faith Bronson is a mother of two, happily married to her politician husband of fifteen years, David. In one moment, their lives are blown apart. Trying to start anew, Faith moves her son and daughter to an old family house in Georgetown, a house from which her baby sister was kidnapped decades ago. As she slowly restores the century-old family home, Faith rediscovers her heritage and, in the process, herself.
Putting the pieces of her life back together is both frightening and liberating. When all is said and done, who is the woman who will emerge? Will that woman have room in her life for Pavel Quinn, a handsome and enigmatic neighbor? And what DID happen to Faith's baby sister all those years ago?
We are introduced to a rich cast of characters: Faith and David's teenage daughter Remy, who hates their new life, their smart and sensitive young son Alex, Faith's distant mother Lydia, her politician father Joe and their shrewd old neighbor Dottie Lee. What makes this novel a true delight is that every family member is shown from many angles. It is difficult to truly hate any of the characters involved in this tragedy, except for a couple of minor characters.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Melnick on July 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Married for fifteen years to a man who directs a right-wing organization, Faith Bronson leads a charmed life. With the requisite beautiful children, a fourteen-year-old girl, Remy and an eleven-year-old boy, Alex, Faith has few complaints as wife, mother, and homemaker in their elegant northern Virginia home.
When she discovers her husband, David, at their West Virginia cottage with another man, her carefully built world crumbles around her. Forced to move to her mother's Georgetown home on Prospect Street, Faith begins renovations there as she researches the kidnapping of her baby sister from the house some thirty years prior. Eccentric neighbor Dottie Lee fills in the gaps of Faith's research as Faith begins a relationship with Pavel Quinn, dot-com guru and fellow Georgetown resident.
Ms. Richards deftly integrates all aspects of Faith's existence into one neat package. A new love interest, a troubled teen-age daughter, and disturbing facts about her older sister's kidnapping keep this novel brimming with tension. As the pieces to the puzzle of the thirty-year-old mystery begin to fall into place, Faith must come to terms with her husband's homosexuality and learn to trust again. Multifaceted, this is a read that will appeal to a reader searching for mystery, romance, and personal struggles all in one page-turning read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lilith on September 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a completely satisfying read! Romance,mystery,family saga,history, name it, this book has it all. Don't be intimidated by the sheer size of the book. The story is so captivating you'll finish it in no time and, believe me, you'll want more.
However, PROSPECT STREET isn't your typical romantic suspense. The author used a sublime way to tell her story. The plot's more depth than just solving a crime and baring heroine's flesh. There's no FBI/CIA-SERIAL KILLER-DAMSEL IN DISTRESS nonsense. If you like this book also read WHISKY ISLAND, THE PARTING GLASS and FOX RIVER. Those book're just as good, if not better.
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