Patricia Kay, who also writes as USA Today
bestselling author Trisha Alexander, creates a bittersweet tale of true love found, lost, and found again in The Other Woman
. Family obligations, including his mother's tenuous health and his father's desperate financial straits, kept lawyer Adam Forrester from marrying the woman he loved. Now, almost twenty years later, when Adam literally bumps into children's book editor Natalie Ferrenzo on the street in Manhattan, he cannot bring himself to leave her again to return to his empty, unfulfilling marriage to the daughter of his overbearing boss. And Natalie is equally incapable of saying goodbye to the only man she ever loved--and still loves. But Adam's manipulative wife Julia connives to keep Natalie and Adam apart, playing on Adam's over-developed sense of responsibility and guilt. Years pass with Adam and Natalie managing to content themselves with stolen hours and illicit meetings while they count their blessings. However, Natalie receives life-changing news and she knows she can no longer continue her relationship with Adam as it stands. Once more the lovers are separated by circumstance. Will true love triumph or will Adam be compelled to continue to sacrifice his and Natalie's happiness on the altar of familial loyalty? Kay weaves a captivating tale full of moral gray areas and characters you love to hate. You won't want to put this one down! --Alison Trinkle
From Publishers Weekly
Set in New York City, this conventional contemporary romance recycles an arranged-marriage formula that is more effectively used in historical romances. Adam Forrester hails from a family with old money, rigid rules and conservative ideals. Unlike his rebellious sister, however, Adam has never begrudged his good fortune or his domineering parents. But when Adam meets and falls in love with Natalie Ferrenzo, a well-rounded middle-class Italian girl, he realizes that he can't conform to his parents' wishes and marry Julia, the spoiled daughter of his father's business partner. To his chagrin, Adam is told that he must marry Julia to save his family from financial ruin. Natalie is hurt but uncommonly understanding about the arrangement, and she ends her relationship with Adam. Thirteen years later, Natalie, now a children's book editor, bumps into a miserably married Adam at Rockefeller Center, and they resume their love affair. Since Adam is close to paying off his father's debts, he promises to divorce Julia and marry Natalie, but Julia isn't going to let him go without a fight. Although this plot line may be moldy and predictable, Kay's writing is solid, and her narrative swiftly reaches a satisfying finish.
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