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One Last Dance Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2000

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Setting: Miramonte, California--present day.

Sensuality Rating: 6

Following the success of her previous novels (Garden of Lies and Thorns of Truth), bestselling author Eileen Goudge's One Last Dance introduces readers to four women, Lydia Seagrave and her three daughters. Daphne, a successful novelist, is married to a doctor and mother of two children; Kitty, proprietor of a bakery in their hometown of Miramonte, California, hungers to have a baby; and Alex, the youngest, a divorced realtor, struggles to make ends meet while raising twins. On the eve of her 40th wedding anniversary, Lydia, who loves her husband enormously, picks up a gun and kills him. Straining to make sense of the tragedy, the sisters must face the lies hidden behind their image as an idyllic family. In the process, they must confront deceptions at the heart of each of their lives. Eileen Goudge paints a portrait of four women striving to build real and honest lives by challenging a sometimes-painful reality. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Three sisters about to celebrate their parents' 40th wedding anniversary find themselves at their father's funeral and mother's murder trial in Goudge's (Garden of Lies; Thorns of Truth) latest tale of family secrets, scandals and passion. The Seagrave sisters are emotionally unfulfilled despite their accomplishments: Daphne, a novelist married to a doctor, cannot forget her childhood sweetheart, while homespun cafe entrepreneur Kitty yearns to adopt a child, and newly divorced real estate agent Alex is drowning in mounting debt. When their mother shoots their father without explanation or apology, the daughters investigate the rumors and suspicions they have ignored all their lives to confront the truth about their philandering parent. In the small town where they grew up, the Seagraves were a picture-perfect family and their father a respected pillar of the community. Frustrated by the lies of old friends and their mother's stubborn silence, the sisters gain support from Daphne's ex-boyfriend (now the prosecuting DA), Alex's patient ex-husband and Kitty's energetic young lover. In Goudge's emotional landscape, the truth sets one freeAfrom guilt, inhibition and doubt. Her mixture of soap opera and modern romance occasionally overdoses on inner torment, and no revelation comes as a surprise, but she consistently explores intense family relationships and turns out bestsellers that feature women on the verge of major change. Even when the heart-wrenching prose becomes fulsome, the reader keeps turning pages just to make sure the heroines find the happiness they deserve. Agent, Susan Ginsburg. Doubleday Book Club main selection and Literary Guild Super Release; author tour. (June) FYI: Signet will release Thorns of Truth simultaneously in paper.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451199480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451199485
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
do you love good old fashioned family sagas with fascinating female characters and a touch of mystery??? if so, then this is the summer book for you!!! the book starts with an amazingly beautiful cover and an intriguing story unfolds inside.... characters are marvelous and completely developed... you feel as though you've known them forever! this is one book that you think that you've got it figured out but then it hits with a total shocker!!! if you've never read eileen's books before, this one will send you running back to the bookstore for more.......try 'such devoted sisters' and the incredible saga 'garden of lies' and its sequel, 'thorns of truth'.....you'll be soooooo glad you did!!!
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I just finished the paperback edition of One Last Dance and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. This was truly a remarkable book. I couldn't put it down but at the same time I didn't want to finish it. I loved the three sisters and how they rose to meet the challenges of life and death. I must admit Daphne and Kitty were my favorites. It will always amaze me at the things we are willing to do for love.
I've been a fan of yours since Garden of Lies but I must admit until One Last Dance, my favorite has been Thorns of Truth. I am awaiting the release of the paperback edition of The Second Silence.
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Eileen Goudge comes through again! One Last Dance gives the reader the opportunity to explore 4 women's lives as the result of a tragic situation - wife murders husband!! I'm giving away no secret. The murder occurs at the outset and sets the other events into motion. The daughters of Lydia have to come to grips with her incomprehensible act while trying to keep their own lives from falling apart. Each daughter, Amanda,a novelist, Kitty, the owner of a tea room, and Alex, a realtor, has problems unknown to the others that need resolution. They also have secrets which are the key to understanding their mother's action. While traveling the road to answers, each in their own way, and examining some family friendships, the crux of the problem becomes apparent. As the sisters work through their grief and problems, they grow closer together and become less of a dysfunctional family and more loving and tolerant of the others' behavior and lifestyle. It was fun being part of the Seagraves' family for a few days of beach reading. My only disappointment and the reason for 4 stars was that I had the plot figured out long before the last chapters!
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This books deals with a tragic event that ends up changing the life of everyone that is involved.
The story captivates you from the beginning and the characters are so well defined you indentify immediately with them. This is a very emotional story and very easy to shed some tears while you read.
The only unpleasant comment I have about this book is that I could predict with some certainty the unfolding of the plot.
However, it makes for a great summer reading!
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By A Customer on April 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a treat, a treasure, a charm! I couldn't get over how good it is! I've read all of EG's books in the order in which they were written (which means I haven't read "The Second Silence" or that bee-keeping nun series yet). This is the best of all so far! EG's writing style has improved (even though it was already excellent). With a combination of a good writing style and a good plot, this book was wonderful! EG has changed a little in this book, it was a little different from her previous books. It is the new and improved EG! Other than this book, I loved "Garden of Lies" and "Thorns of Truth" the best. One thing, however, that I do not like about EG, is that she is way too prolific and has way too much descriptive detail (she's doing a little better now, this book was a little shorter). It seems that she has replaced a lot of that descriptive detail with similes and metaphors, which I love. I have to be honest: when I first started "One Last Dance", it was boring, I had to put it down. I picked it back up months later, I think I was on Chapter 5 by then. It took me a few more chapters before the book started picking up. When I was about halfway through the book, it started getting good, and then better and better. It got to where it was hard to put down! Before it started getting good, though, I kept saying this is the last EG book I'll ever read, it is so boring, but I'll continue reading it, and I'll probably only give it 1 or 2 stars. But after the middle of the book, it got so good. All the pieces started fitting together. There were a couple of nice little treats in the book (I can't tell you what they were, don't want to ruin it for anyone.) The last half of the book was so good, I have to give it 5 stars. I was especially impressed with the infinite family love and devotion. The book had mostly happy endings. I was sad for Lydia and how she had to end.
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As others have pointed out, it wasn't too hard to figure out what was going on. However, I don't think that was the main thrust of the book. The sisters, their lives, and their secrets were. The murder was simply the catalyst. It is interesting to see how these women pull together, and pull their lives together. I was struck by the idea that every child in the family sees their family history differently. It made me think about my own childhood, and how my siblings remember what I remember.
My only real problem was with the father. In order to do what we ultimately must believe he has done, he must have been, at best, a fool. He was an MD, too, which makes part of the secret more unbelievable to me. Suspecting what had happened, and then having it confirmed, I just hated this character and so had some trouble with those who were motivated by love for him. It's a small flaw, though. The book just isn't about him.
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