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Title:
Finding Ian
Author:
Cameron, Stella.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
293 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781575667133
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Summary

Summary

Whether penning historical romances or suspenseful romantic thrillers, Stella Cameron has dazzled us time and time again. Now, this New York Times bestselling author turns her impressive talents to a compelling and emotionally powerful work of fiction that will delight her legion of fans -- and touch the hearts of new readers everywhere. "Finding Ian" is the tale of a man who knows all too well what it is to love blindly enough to believe in forever -- and completely enough to promise anything...even the impossible.For a few shining moments, Byron Frazer had it all -- an adoring wife and a newborn son -- until one was snatched by the cruel hands of death, and the other was cast away by Byron himself as he launched into a downward spiral of grief and pain. He'd assured himself that he had made the right decision, and that his son would find contentment in the arms of another couple.Now a world-renowned psychologist, Byron can no longer keep the memories of his child at bay. So he travels across the ocean to fulfill a promise to his lost wife -- and be free to move on at last. Yet as he discovers his son, he also experiences an unexpectedly fierce paternal longing. Too soon, he realizes that Ian is destined to become a part of the close-knit Cornish village. As much a part of it as Jade Perron is. Reeling from a shattered marriage, Jade, Ian's lovely, protective cousin, is struggling to rebuild her life without a man in the only home she has ever known. Byron understands that Jade Perron could be dangerous. But as he becomes hopelessly entangled in her life and Ian's, he embarks on a journey that could reconcile his troubled past and offer the hope of a new future -- or leavehimbroken.


Author Notes

Stella Cameron was born and raised on the southern coast of England where she met her American husband at a party in London. After their marriage, she left England and went with husband Jerry to Washington State to make a home and raise a family. Like many authors, Stella began her literary career as a reader. As a young girl, Stella was a self-professed reading "addict", devouring all types of literature. She learned very early to retreat from the demands of others into a gentler world -- her own. As a child and a young adult, books saved her because they helped free her while they entertained her. Her love of reading always went side-by-side with her love of writing. Nineteenth-century author Jane Austen was a particular favorite, and Stella admits that she particularly enjoys reading and writing books set in the 1800s, as well as contemporary novels. In 1980, Stella decided she wanted to write professionally. She attended writing classes and wrote short literary fiction for a year. It was during this period that Stella discovered how well-written and intense romantic fiction could be. Using her newly acquired writing skills, she began to write contemporary romantic fiction for Harlequin Americans and Intrigues. After several years, she moved up to Harlequin SuperRomances. In 1992, she made the switch to single titles with her first historical, Only By Your Touch. She has also authored a series entitled Rossmara Quartet along with several other romance titles. Stella Cameron sees herself as an entertainer and historian who adds her perspective to contemporary values through writing.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Cameron switches gears from her recent romantic suspense and focuses this compelling romance on family issues. When he was 21, Dr. Byron Frazer, now a famous family psychologist, gave his newborn son up for adoption after his wife died. Since then he has always kept track of his son via private investigator, and now Ian is orphaned and living with an elderly relative in Cornwall, England, far from his native Minnesota. Byron decides to put his career on hiatus, to the consternation of his overbearing manager, and personally check up on the boy. While his manager frets about what will happen if the public finds out that an authority on family problems gave his own child up for adoption, Byron is only concerned about what is best for Ian. He rents a cottage nearby, and although he isn't sure this alien environment is best for his son, he finds himself falling for Jade Perron, the handywoman repairing the cottage in which he lives. Byron not only finds his son, he also finds himself through his love for Jade and finally confronts his past. But when he decides to legally reclaim Ian, the whole town bands against him. Cameron's latest has all the touching elements of an Oprah show, with a tragic childhood, intense soul-searching, and romance worked in to appeal to a broad base of readers. --Patty Engelmann


Publisher's Weekly Review

A beautiful lady housepainter, a handsome television psychologist and a sad, 13-year-old boy find love and redemption in a small village near Cornwall in Cameron's (Glass Houses, Key West) latest romantic novel. Dr. Byron Frazer is America's leading expert on family therapy. His San Francisco-based TV program has garnered the 34-year-old bachelor critical success and fame. But Frazer is hiding a secret from his overbearing agent and his fans: 13 years ago, after his young wife died in childbirth, he gave up their son for adoption. Frazer has had a private detective watching over the boy, named Ian Spring by his adoptive parents in Minnesota. When Frazer learns that the couple has died and the boy has been sent to live with his adoptive mother's sister, Muriel Cawden, in the tiny village of Boddinick, near Cornwall, England, he travels to Boddinick under the pretense of renting a house for the summer. He soon meets Jade Perron, 32, a housepainter, interior decorator and mother of five-year-old Rose. Perron and Frazer become romantically involved, but Jade has her own problems. Her father is encouraging her to return to her abusive ex-husband and to stop trying to prove she is "as good as any man." When Frazer decides to publicly stake his claim to Ian, whom he believes is being neglected by codgerish Aunt Muriel, it seems the entire village is pitted against him. Cameron's love scenes induce blushes not for their eroticism, but for their hackneyed ardor. Her myriad plot twists may keep readers turning pages, however. (Jan. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

This latest from Cameron (French Quarter) will bemuse her ardent fans. There is no suspense, no kinky sex, and no villain here. Thirty-four-year-old Dr. Byron Frazer discovers that Ian, the son he gave up for adoption 13 years ago, is now an orphan in Cornwall, England. Overnight, he abandons his home and practice in San Francisco, telling himself that he just wants to see the boy settled. However, suppressed guilt overwhelms him; suddenly, the great family psychologist must face up to his own actions. The blow is softened for Byron when love blossoms between him and Jade, Ian's cousin by adoption. The ensuing custody battle between Byron and Jade's aunt puts a strain on everyone, but a happy ending is assured. This is a sweet story that, unfortunately, lacks emotional depth. Everyone is too good, decisions are too easy, and teenaged Ian is too perfect. This lightweight novel can't capture such a heavyweight subject between its covers. Public libraries should purchase for demand.DJodi L. Israel, Jamaica Plain, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.