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Spencer, LaVyrle.
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New York : Jove Books, 1993.

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388 pages ; 18 cm
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Originally published: New York : Putnam's, 1992.
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New York Times bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer presents her most dramatic novel, the moving story of a family at the crossroads where hope and heartache meet.

After a bitter divorce, Bess and Michael Curran have nothing left to say to each other. Their children are their only bond. But when their daughter, Lisa, brings them together unexpectedly at a dinner party, they must face each other again. And when Lisa makes a shocking announcement, they must amend their past mistakes and make a new beginning.

Author Notes

LaVyrle Spencer was born in Browerville, Minnesota on July 17, 1943. While working as a teacher's aide at Osseo Junior High School, she started writing her first novel, The Fulfillment, which was published in 1979. She has written more than a dozen novels that have hit the New York Times bestseller list, and many of her works have been condensed for Reader's Digest and Good Housekeeping. She has won five Romance Writers of America RITA Awards for her novels The Endearment, Hummingbird, Twice Loved, The Gamble, and Morning Glory. In 1988, she was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Many of her novels have been made into television movies including The Fulfillment, Home Song, and Family Blessings and the major motion picture Morning Glory. She retired from writing in 1997.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Six year earlier, Spencer's fictional family, the Currans--who could be any of a growing number of real families--were broken by an excruciatingly bitter divorce. Since then, Mom's finished college and runs a booming interior-design shop; Dad's amicably separated from wife number 2 and finds he can truly enjoy his own company; Little Brother is falling off the deep end with unvoiced rage and drugs; and Older Sister dreams of reuniting all the shattered shards through her impending marriage and baby. Spencer deftly turns what could have been either a syrupy mess or World War III into a believable look at life: causes and effects, communication, compromise, stubbornness, fear. She doesn't skip pain or rationale just to find the rainbow's end, but lets the Currans go through every upheaval in the transitional year. The Minnesota setting is comfortable, and the characters are everyday people--neighbors next door, kids around the block, grandmas mall-shopping. Descriptions of decor and dress are a bit rife with designer names--but c'est le genre. A heartfelt romance in the true sense, and an entertaining look at the perpetual American dream. Doubleday Book Club selection; Literary Guild alternate. (Reviewed Nov. 1, 1991)0399137149Denise Blank

Publisher's Weekly Review

Prolific Spencer ( Forgiving ) here takes a compassionate look at a contemporary family undergoing painful transitions. Bess Curran, 40, is an interior designer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, still lonely and bitter after her traumatic divorce six years earlier. Her adult daughter, Lisa, anxious for her parents to reconcile, arranges a surprise dinner meeting where she informs them that she is pregnant and about to marry. Bess and former husband Michael (he left her for another woman, who, in turn, has just left him) can barely control their mutual animosity yet must come to grips with the startling news. To exacerbate matters, their 19-year-old son, Randy, is intractably hostile toward his father and seems headed for a future of drugs and unsavory companions. Bess and Michael are attracted to each other but wary--they're suffering and groping for help. Spencer tells their tale with her customary sentimentality (``Ah, sweet, sweet healing. Ah, welcome love'') and provides a suitably soothing ending. Doubleday Book Club main and Literary Guild alternate selections; condensation rights to Reader's Digest. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved