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Alice at heart
Smith, Deborah, 1955-
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Smyrna, GA : Belle Books, 2002.
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320 pages : map ; 22 cm.
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Among the sultry society of coastal Georgia, the Vonavendier family at Sainte's Point Island is considered mysterious, notorious, and extremely odd. Now, simple, plain Alice Riley, an outcast who is far more extraordinary than she ever imagined, is about to find love, kinship, and adventure in the family's amazing world.

Author Notes

Contemporary romance novelist Deborah Smith is a former newspaper editor. She writes under her own name as well as under the pseudonyms Jackie Leigh and Jacqueline Lennox. She has written around forty novels indcluding A Place to Call Home and When Venus Fell, which both received awards from Romantic Times magazine. She also won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine.

She is a founding partner of BelleBooks, which is a small southern press known for feel good southern fiction including the Mossy Creek Hometown series and the Sweet Tea story collections.

(Bowker Author Biography) She is a sixth-generation Georgia native, is a former newspaper reporter & editor. She is married & lives in the mountains of North Georgia.

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Booklist Review

Alice, an ugly duckling with webbed feet who never grew into a swan, is taking a frigid winter swim in Lake Riley, high in the Georgia Appalachians, when she has a vision of a drowning diver. She sends Griffin Randolph a mental message to breathe and establishes a telepathic link. At the same time a little girl falls into the icy lake on the opposite shore, and, amazingly enough, Alice is able to save her, but the rescue puts her unhappily in the spotlight and under suspicion. Then the three glamorous Bonavendier sisters of Sainte's Point Island show up at the awards ceremony and inform Alice that she's their father's posthumous daughter. When Alice arrives at the island, she discovers that she and Griffin have a mysterious bond, that a long-standing enmity separates his family and hers, and that the Bonavendiers' past includes a mermaid great-grandmother and accusations of piracy. Readers of Alice Hoffman will enjoy Smith's surprisingly convincing blend of romance and magical realism. --Diana Tixier Herald

Publisher's Weekly Review

Alice Riley has always been different: she can stay underwater for an hour, she has webbed toes, her hair needs daily trimming and she is a loner, in bestselling author Deborah Smith's (A Place to Call Home) Alice at Heart. When at age 34 an accident opens up a telepathic communication between her and a strange man, her long lost aunts pick up the signals and summon Alice and the stranger to their island home, where love and dark secrets abound. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Reclusive, wary, and known locally as Odd Alice, orphaned Alice Riley has always known she was different; but it isn't until she saves a child from drowning by using her phenomenal underwater abilities and links minds with drowning salvage diver Griffin Randolf and saves him, too, that her half-sisters learn of her existence, and she discovers how special she and Griffin really are. Old secrets, revenge, and passion fuel this compelling, intricately plotted story of love, trust, and acceptance, which successfully straddles the line between romance and fantasy and should appeal to fans of both genres. Recalling Susan Krinard's werewolf romances, Smith's new work nicely sets the stage for her projected romantic fantasy series, "Water Lilies." Smith (On Bear Mountain) is a respected writer of romances and other types of fiction and lives in Dahlonega, GA. [This title is also available as an e-book in Adobe Acrobat and MS Reader formats from Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.