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The clues to the identity of the heroine in this contemporary romance can be obvious and heavy-handed, but the variety of characters Delinsky ( A Woman Betrayed) presents provides ample entertainment. Mystery surrounds the birth of Chelsea Kane. Adopted by the Kanes, she knows only that she was born in Norwich Notch, a small New Hampshire town. An architect, Chelsea gains her first uncertain foothold in Norwich Notch by buying into its largest business, a financially troubled granite company. Locals resent Chelsea's intrusive presence, but two who take to her are Hunter Love (in a friendly sort of way) and "stunningly male" Judd Streeter (passionately). Someone who obviously doesn't take to her, however, scares her with late-night telephone calls and torches her barn. Chelsea's efforts to earn a place in the community and in Judd's heart are endangered when she learns she is pregnant. Judd is not the father, and Notch residents disapprove of unwed mothers. In this small-town romance Delinsky refreshingly takes the opportunity to poke fun at social snobbery and moral hypocrisy.
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Barbara Delinsky, a lifelong New Englander, was a sociologist and photographer before she began to write. There are more than 30 million copies of her books in print.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061040932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061040931
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title is a bit misleading in that it is not about sexual/sensual passions per se (although that plays a part in the story). It is more to do with Chelsea's life's passions, mainly her obsession in finding her birth parents. While on her search she encounters many adversities, including being shunned by a reserved New England community that does not condone her free-spirited lifestyle, including a pregnancy without a father in the picture, a love affair with one of the town's available and handsome men, and a business partnership in the town quarry.
As the story unfolds, we learn that Norwich Notch has some hidden secrets and "skeletons" of their own that they don't want uncovered and disclosed, which include illegitimacy and domestic abuse. In other words, they want to give the appearance that they are a quaint, New England community... "appearance" being the definitive word. Thus, it is easier for them to hold Chelsea Kane in judgment rather than admit their own shortcomings.
I gave the book 4 stars because I thought it was a bit too long. I would have left out the lengthy descriptions of the quarry business. Aside from that, it's one of those books that will grab your attention from the beginning and keeps you hooked right up to the end.
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I have enjoyed reading Barbara Delinksy's books, and this is very much one of her best. She seems to be able to take various subjects and flesh them out with characters who are true to life. While I enjoyed very much reading about Chelsea's search for her birth parents, the subplot about Donna and her situation (spousal abuse) was equally compelling. I agree with the other reviews that the conflict of the family heirloom was left unresolved and should have been dealt with, as well as the relationship between Chelsea and her adoptive (read that "real") father, Kevin. But, in spite of that, Barbara Delinsky has written a book one will not easily forget, with characters you will remember for a long, long time.
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I've loved so many of your books, Barbara Delinsky, but this may be my fave so far ! I don't know how I've missed reading this one.
I've read so many I've way lost track.
You have such a way of creating interesting characters and drawing us into their lives ! Thank you for that. I look fwd to reading many more of your books !
I won't tell about the story, as it's been gone over many times, but it's wonderful.
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This book tells the story of a woman, Chelsea Kane, who, after the death of her adoptive mother, decides to "discover" herself by looking up her biological parents. She moves to Norwich Notch (her birth place) to start her search. The book is slow and other than Chelsea, the character development lacks some. But after finishing the book, I decided the slow moving pace of the book represented the slow pace of life in Norwich Notch. Ms. Delinsky starts the book out with a family squabble over a divided set of jewelry, which leads the reader to believe this is one of the conflicts Chelsea has to resolve throughout the book. While the other conflicts resolve in a satisfying way, this story line has no closure.
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Barbara delivers in this novel. I found it very entertaining but the title is misleading. When people see the word "passions", they are thinking love and sex. That is not the case at all. It is really about a woman finding herself and her roots.
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Many years after reading this book, it still remained with me through all I have read. To me that makes it a classic read. The fact that I as a reader who is mostly into reading AA fiction can say that this book is engrossing and goes beyond boarders of my reading tastes. I picked it up on whim and I'm so happy I did. The plot flowed effortlessly and I throughly enjoyed the development of the main characters, especially Chelsea. The suspense and twists also make this read a great one to cuddle up to on a long lazy day.
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I just finished reading this book and wish there were a sequel to it. It was heart warming at times but really some very sad excuses for human beings most of the time. Small town people run by families who had way too many secrets. Good thing Chelsea came to town because she brought with her courage, pride, intelligence and lots of money. She struggled but never let that be known. She fell in love and hit pay dirt, she had a baby and that brought the whole town crumbling. I am new to Barbara Delinsky but pretty sure to read a lot of her books. They are full of feeling and a lot of twists and turns. Very enjoyable.
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I became a huge fan of any romance novel written by Barbara Delinsky after reading this thriller. This was so compelling and erotic that I just couldn't put it down. I went back and reread some of the amorous scenes just to relive them. This is a great read, the tree seen is very erotic. Enjoy!
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