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Phantom Marriage Paperback – April 1, 1983
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
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It is still a horrible story, of sweet 17yr Tara old taken advantage of by older, James, who is unhappily married but this doesn't stop him taking Tara's sweetness. He actually admits at the end, that he had to go away to give Tara the chance to fall in love with boys HER AGE.
As if being a single mum isn't hard enough, author has to add on-going sexual harrassment from Tara's boss Chas. This complication adds to Tara's battles in life as she is now sneered at by James who thinks he has the right to mock Tara at every opportunity. James is a nothing, who comes back into Tara's life and proceeds to treat her like a slut that couldn't wait to be with someone else to father her twins, and is sleazing around with her boss. An example of this - when best friend Sue admires a gorgeous dress and asks Tara where she got such a gorgeous creation - 'A perk?' James sneered openly, 'Being paid for your services? My dear, you've sold yourself cheap indeed'. 'James!' Sue looked shocked and upset. 'Tara, I'm...' but James continues to sneer and put down Tara, then puts his arm around Sue and tells her 'Don't look so worried. Tara is tougher than she looks. Aren't you?'. Grrrrr.
Yuck Hero, icky circumstances, poor taste and demeaning novel from Penny Jordan.
Tara had been only seventeen when she'd given herself to James. She had borne him twins in secret, inventing a short-lived marriage to protect her fatherless children and to hide her shame.
The years had brought Tara added wisdom, though time hadn't dulled the pain of James' rejection or the aching pleasure in their remembered passion.
Meeting him again was a shock, but Tara was determined never to let him know the price she had paid in silence for her first and only love.