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Garden of lies
Goudge, Eileen.
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New York : Signet, 1990.

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575 pages ; 18 cm
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"A Signet book."
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Rachel and Rose grew up worlds apart. Rachel, in the lap of Manhattan luxury, an ice princess determined to be a great doctor. Rose, in the New York slums, yielding to passion too young, and fleeing heartbreak to become a star lawyer. When they both fall in love with the same fascinating man, they are brought face to face with the truth about each other and themselves.

Author Notes

Eileen Goudge was born July 4, 1950 and grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She began writing at the age of eight. At eighteen, she dropped out of college, ran off with a man dodging the draft, and got married. Two years later, she was divorced, with a baby, and had to go on welfare. She decided to become a professional writer, started writing non-stop and managed to sell a few articles. In the early eighties, she was chosen to help launch a new line of teen romances, which became the successful Sweet Valley High series. She now had enough money to end another bad marriage and move to New York City with her two children. She continued to write the Sweet Valley High titles while working on a novel. Her first novel, Garden of Lies, was sold in 1986 to Viking for nearly one million dollars. Since then, she has written over thirty novels for young adults and over ten works of women's fiction. Her other works include Thorns of Truth, The Diary, and Once in a Blue Moon. Her title The Diary is a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography) Eileen Goudge is the author of "The New York Times" bestseller "One Last Dance", & "The Second Silence" as well as "Garden of Lies", "Thorns of Truth", "Trail of Secrets", "Such Devoted Sisters", & "Blessing in Disguise". She lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

In 1954, Dolly Drake mails a letter addressed to Senator Joseph McCarthy that contains damning information about her famous film star sister Eve Dearfield. After leaving small-town America for Hollywood, Dolly has had enough of Eve stealing the spotlight. And she can't tolerate Eve stealing her man, either. Ruining the offending sister's career and her life seems the only thing to do. Years later, of course, she's regretting her actions, but Dolly's far away in Manhattan, with her own chocolate store and a lot of money. And it just so happens that Eve's two children, Annie and Laurel, have run away from home looking for Dolly, their long-lost aunt. Time passes quickly in the Big Apple--soon Annie has progressed in the chocolate industry, and as the reader expects, both girls have fallen in love with the same man. While Annie is gone on an apprenticeship in Paris, Laurel gets pregnant, and the rest of the book is a mess of communication and relationship muddles. This book isn't really about sisterly love or sisterly jealousy. Rather, it's about women pining after men. Judging by the 200,000-copy first printing, Viking seems confident that romance readers won't have trouble accepting the notion that the longer a woman pines, the more certain it is her man will come back. (Reviewed Nov. 1, 1991)0670824585Kathryn LaBarbera

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this formulaic but engaging novel by the author of Garden of Lies , characters come in pairs. In Hollywood in the 1950s, jealous Dolly betrays her famous movie star sister, Eve, to the McCarthyite witch-hunters--then suffers everlasting guilt as Eve drinks her way to death, leaving two young daughters: plucky, resourceful Annie and sensitive Laurel. These sisters also find their mutual devotion tested when they fall in love with the same man. By this time, they have fled California for New York, where their aunt Dolly has a successful gourmet chocolate shop (and a French lover who cannot leave his wife because he runs her father's renowned chocolate store in Paris). Ambitious Annie decides to become a chocolatier, too, training in Paris, then opening her own shop, while self-effacing Laurel becomes an artist/illustrator and has a child out of wedlock. Meanwhile, Laurel's ne'er-do-well father has a sibling, too--a repulsive man who tracks down his niece and interferes in her life. As befits the genre, the plot is replete with complications, misunderstandings, secrets, mistaken decisions and broken hearts. Goudge should increase her readership with this smoothly written romance. 200,00 first printing; $200,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club dual main selections; author tour . (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The fiction tradition that a woman will do anything for a man is alive and well in this novel by ``Sweet Valley High'' teen series writer Goudge. Sylvia seizes the opportunity offered by a hospital fire to switch infants, taking a newborn whose appearance resembles her husband's. Her true child, fathered by Sylvia's lover, is left to make her own way in the world. Rachel, raised in luxury as Sylvia's daughter, becomes a doctor. When her career is jeopardized, she is defended by Sylvia's real daughter, who has overcome poverty to become a lawyer. The two women of course compete for the same man, as Sylvia herself tries to decide whether to marry Nikos, her former lover. With the requisite cast of heroes and villains and a backdrop including the Vietnam War, this should be a sure-fire hit for romance lovers. BOMC featured selection; ABC-TV miniseries.-- Elsa Pendleton, Computer Sciences Corp., Ridgecrest, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.