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by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Author of numerous novels, from masterful historical sagas to intriguing contemporary family dramas, Bradford has earned her place as grand mistress of women’s fiction. Her lushly detailed portraits of the world her characters inhabit and an intense delving into their deepest motivations draws readers into the complex, thought-provoking plotline. Sweeping from New York to Venice and Libya, she takes readers along on a woman’s emotional journey to uncover family secrets, forcing her to reassess her life and her future. More than a story, this is a novel that presents readers with opportunities to evaluate their choices and set a course for their own lives.

As the daughter of a famous actress and a world-renowned journalist, Serena Stone follows in her father’s footsteps by covering the turmoil in the Middle East for the news until she realizes that the dangers have taken a toll, and she “retires” to write a biography of her father. However, when she learns that her former lover, Zac North, is suffering from emotional and physical fatigue and PTSD, Serena goes to Venice help him heal and then brings him to the Stone home in Nice. There she and Zac begin cataloguing her father’s photos and Serena uncovers several inconsistencies that send her back into war-torn Libya to piece together the story of her parents’ marriage and her birth. (ST. MARTIN’S, Apr., 354 pp., $27.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: April 2013

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