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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821779567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821779569
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Michaels's fable-like latest, wicked South Carolina heiress Sarabess Windsor must face the fallout of a decision she made 30 years ago: when her beloved daughter was diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness, doting Sarabess hatched a plan to bear another child solely as a source of bone marrow for little Emily. Donor daughter Trinity, unaware of her parentage, spent her childhood in closely monitored foster care, but forced, like the other children in town, to fawn endlessly over Emily, whose life is extended 13 years by her sister's cells. When Trinity runs away at 15, Sarabess makes sure no one tries to find her, but hapless father Harold, on his deathbed, sets up a trust for Trinity to claim on her 30th birthday. Several months before that day, Sarabess begins to try to finagle the funds for her own use. While Sarabess is without any redeeming qualities, her Trinity is anything but. Readers will root for the plucky heroine and her childhood friend Jake (a lawyer, natch). The finale's shocking revelations are just that, as Michaels, who was written more than 80 novels, somehow does it again. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

Sarabess Windsor committed an act that would shock most people: she had a second child for the sole purpose of providing bone marrow for her firstborn. Not only that, she arranged for the couple who oversee her land in Crestwood, South Carolina, to raise the child. Throughout what was left of her first daughter's life, she would force the neighborhood children, including her donor daughter, Trinity, to play with her, which was never a cheering prospect because she was a spoiled brat. Trinity ran away at age 15, and was never found. Now that she's turning 30, she will come into a large inheritance from her father. Sarabess is determined to find Trinity before that day, because all of her nefarious deeds have yet to come to light, and she wants attorney Jake Forrest, Trinity's former friend, to find her. Longing to see Trinity again, he agrees. The tirelessly inventive and entertaining Michaels creates yet another unique situation for her characters, and that, plus her famous snappy dialogue, is enough to recommend her latest. Hatton, Maria --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Once, Sweet Revenge, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

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Great character development.
This is a very.good book still readin very intirguin and don't want to put it down.
The dialogue was childish and the plot was ridiculous.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Roberts on April 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book started out okay and I thought we have a real plot here. There was some humor and I thought Jake might make a likeable hero. By the time Trinity enters the story it goes downhill from there. She is a childish annoying character and Jake becomes a wimp. Trinity is 30 and Jake in his 30's and they act like 10 year old children. When I got to the part Trinity accosts Jake in his home and knees him in the groin and hits him in the face, I decided I had enough.(A woman should not hit a man any more than a man should hit a woman-that was just stupid) Adults in their 30's resort to that kind of behavior? Jake is over 6 foot and works out and she can beat him up? Get real! From there on I didn't care about any of the characters. The story goes on and on and is so boring I finally skim to the last couple chapters to see how Ms Michaels ends the disaster. None of the characters have any depth to them and I'm annoyed with myself for wasting even a few hours on it. I'm usually not too critical of a fiction romance with light mystery because they are what they are and I don't usually expect the novel of the century but this one is so bad. I simply can not get past 2 adult people calling each other names and carrying one like 2 spoiled children. There is no real romance here nor much of a story. It's all quite unbelievable. Thankfully I picked this up at the library so didn't invest $$ in it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a woman named Trinity Henderson who ran away at 15 yrs. after discovering she was being raised by a couple who worked for her parents. She eventually returns to her hometown after being discovered by her childhood crush. I found the book to be funny, at times a real page-turner and for most of it, I couldn't wait to see how it ended. The three-legged race was ecspecially entertaining. Four stars because I thought there were a few instances where the book started to lag.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Itkin VINE VOICE on August 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Michaels has done it again with one of her best books ever.
Trinity was a child that was conceived not out of love but to help save Sarabrees precious Emily.

After 15 years of living a not very happy life she decides to leave and persue another life. Her new life is safe but then suddenly a reminder from the pasts finds her and she has to decide what to do.

She returs home after being away for 15 years and many things are told to her that she did not know before.

You wont be able to put this book down and I feel it is one of her best. A great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry A. Benedict-Devine on September 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Similar to previous reviewers, I have to agree that Fern Michael's writing is very bland. It was hard to get too involved with the emotions of the characters, especially Jake and Trinity who were supposed to be the primary romantic interests in the story. The dialogue and movement of the story is dull and the outcome is unexcitedly predictable. Trinity Henderson, born out of necessity for her bone marrow to save her ill sister, Emily, a good start to a solid story, turns sour as we meet her selfish, cunning mother, Sarabess Windsor and milk toast of a father, Harold. The reader never quite feels the fitting sympathy the character deserves, given the mere fact that Ms. Michaels' writing lacks emotion. After the child is "used" for her bone marrow, she is given away to the hired help. Subsequent to running away from home and being taken in by a family only to be used as "child labor," Trinity returns to her home of Crestwood, SC to confront all those she left behind, including her long, lost teenage crush, Jacob Forrest. Jacob's aunt, Mitzi Granger, added an amusing touch to the story, a sort of throwback from our beloved Dolly Levi, Hello Dolly-type character. The author's initial premise for a story was a good one and could have been made a winner had she brought more life to the characters. This is my first experience with a work by Fern Michaels and I have to say it hasn't been a memorable one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Francis on June 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Other reviewers have assessed this work as "childish." I have to agree that the dialogue reads as if it were written by a thirteen-year-old, and the thirty-something characters are immature to the point of being ridiculous. There is no character development, but only formulaic plot gimmicks. There is nothing particularly likable about any of the people in this book; all of the parent characters are vicious or duplicitous, and the offspring characters are overgrown adolescents. Even BL, a teacher who abandons her class to a sub two weeks before the end of the school year, is of questionable integrity. And her mother's accident is a contrived emergency to get BL out of the way. (A woman who has been running a tractor mower for years suddenly falls off?)

Glaring technical errors: an attorney takes a cell phone call on a golf course; Jake's reminiscence of his mother's funeral includes the unspoken thoughts of his aunt; Jake wishes for a GPS system to help him follow Trinity, who is two or three cars ahead of him.

One might assume that some of the goings on are supposed to be funny, such as the attempts of two senior citizens to have a sexual encounter, but Michaels fails miserably as there is nothing funny about their inabilities or lack of compassion for one another.

Most of what happens in this story is so unlikely as to strain the boundaries of credulity. If there is a plot, it is disjointed and filled with unnecessary tangents. I borrowed the book, but, having read more than half, will not finish it. It's not interesting enough to engage my curiosity -- I simply don't care how it ends.
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