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by Elizabeth Lowell

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance

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Lowell has excelled in the arena of women's fiction from historicals to contemporaries to suspense. Her latest is a remastered version of a tale she told sixteen years ago; a story of love, loss and misunderstanding. Seven years ago, Gabriel Venture was beginning his career as a global journalist. At the start of his career, the Lost River Cave in New Mexico was the place where he fell in love with 19-year-old Joy Anderson, a cave explorer and a woman who touched him in ways he can't forget.

Now Gabe is back to once again explore the Lost River Cave. He doesn't realize that the Dr. Anderson he is scheduled to meet is the woman he left behind years before.

Naturally, misunderstandings abound but the major difficulty is the lack of trust each has in the other. And that's before Gabe sees Joy's 6-year-old daughter Kati, he realizes that she is the daughter he never knew existed. Will this pair of battered hearts be able to come together to give a little girl the home she's always deserved?

While this plot is not a new one, Lowell adds depth with her credible knowledge of the science and beauty involved in the study of caves and their unique formations. The sizzling passion between Joy and Gabe realistically builds on the wealth of emotions they feel. It is not hard to see why Lowell's novels have enjoyed their superior success over the years. (Jan., 352 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: January 2003

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