WHERE YOU BELONG

Ripping her story from the headlines, Barbara Taylor Bradford sweeps readers from war-torn Kosovo to Paris and New York as photojournalist Val Denning grapples with complications of love and war.

Val, her British lover Tony Hampton and American reporter Jake Newbury are caught in an ambush. Val wakes in a Belgrade hospital to hear that Tony is dead.

At his funeral she is further stunned to discover that Tony was married, not single as he claimed when they began their affair. Reeling from the news Val allows Jake to take her to Paris to sort out and recover from her recent experiences.

Jake reveals that he has always loved Val. They plan to work on a book together when Val must suddenly return home to New York to confront a family situation. Her return unleashes hurtful family secrets and once more Val must grapple with lifes emotional pains.

Jake returns to Kosovo while Val pursues another form of photojournalism where she meets handsome artist Alexander St. Just Stevens who tries to help her forget Jake. Yet ultimately, Val has to look at her life and decides what she wants and where she belongs.

Though not as strong and emotionally powerful as many of Ms. Bradford's novels, WHERE YOU BELONG is certainly a satisfying read and one that will tug at your heartstrings as you watch Val struggle with many issues. This consummate storyteller knows how to touch readers and make melodrama a great evenings read. (May, 350 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin