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Title:
This time love
Author:
Lowell, Elizabeth, 1944-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow : HarperCollins, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
344 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A classic love story" -- Dust jacket.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780060087357
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Whether she's creating incomparable stories of passion and redemption or breathtaking tales of romantic suspense, there is simply no finer storyteller at work today than the phenomenal New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell.

Joy Anderson was innocent, young, and trusting when she met Gabe Venture. An aspiring journalist with worlds to conquer, Gabe came to New Mexico to explore the natural wonders of Lost River Cave, with Joy acting as his guide. Surrounded by staggering beauty, they both surrendered to a passion too powerful to deny-and Joy gave herself freely to the most extraordinary man she had ever known. But Gabe was destined for great things, and even the intensity of their shared feelings could not bind him to this place or this romance. And so he left Joy with memories, a broken heart . . . and, months later, a cherished, if painful, reminder of their lost love: a daughter.

Seven years have passed, and Joy--now a respected professor--has put what once was behind her, though the memory will always remain alive in the light that shines in the eyes of her beautiful child.

Now Gabe, at the pinnacle of his profession, having tasted the fame and adventure that lured him away, has returned. The opportunity to revisit the endangered Lost River Cave--and a second chance at the young love he so heedlessly tossed away--is something he cannot let slip by. But the Joy awaiting him is not the same naive and eager innocent he once left behind. Worldly and independent, she has nursed her wounds and moved on. And he has arrived far too late, she tells him, to be welcomed back into her heart.

But is it ever too late for love?

Fresh and alive with rich, bold emotion, Elizabeth Lowell's classic love story shines anew, proving once and for all that an already accomplished novel of poignancy and power can be remade into something truly remarkable through the deft and loving touch of a master.


Author Notes

Elizabeth Lowell is actually a pen name for the real person named Ann Charters Maxwell. Maxwell was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1944. She was educated at the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Riverside, where she received a B.A. in 1966. She married Evan Maxwell, a journalist, on September 4, 1966. They have published numerous novels together including The Silk Strategy, The Ruby, Steal the Sun, Redwood Empire, and The Golden Mountain.

Maxwell started her writing career in 1975 with the science fiction novel Change. She has written over 60 novels and one non-fiction book. The novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery to suspense. She has written under numerous pen names including A. E. Maxwell, Annalise Sun, and Lowell Charters. In 1982, she began publishing romance novels as Elizabeth Lowell. She was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in 1994, Romance Writers of America Best Historical Romance in 1994, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Her title Beautiful Sacrifice made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A star-crossed couple gets a second chance at love, and Lowell's 1986 novel Sequel gets a second chance with readers in this new hardcover edition. The vintage romance by Lowell (Running Scared) opens with a reunion between scientist Joy Smith-Anderson and journalist Gabriel Venture. The two met seven years ago, when Joy was a romantic, naive 20-year-old and Gabe a cub reporter on assignment in her native New Mexico. She served as his guide through the little-known natural wonder called Lost River Cave and fell in love with him. The two shared one passionate night before he reluctantly moved on to his next assignment, leaving Joy furious and heartbroken. When she found out that she was pregnant with his child, Joy told him that she had an abortion. In fact, she gave birth to a daughter and in her spare time completed a Ph.D. She now spearheads a research project in the Lost River Cave, but her grant is about to run out. Gabe learns that the project is going to lose funding and decides to help out by writing about the cave again. His surprise visit shocks Joy, but not nearly as much as Joy's daughter shocks him. As the two rehash their relationship, they come to realize that beneath the anger and pain they still love each other. But is love enough to overcome the mistakes of their past? There are few surprises or climactic moments, but Lowell convincingly explores her characters' ambivalence and longing. Though this isn't her most memorable work, it hits the usual notes; fans who missed this novel the first time around will be satisfied. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

If you enjoy sexy, intelligent, and even challenging romances, you have to love Lowell (Moving Target). Her works may be formulaic, but they aren't easy, offering handsome, exciting, yet betrayed and hardened men and brilliant, unconventionally beautiful, yet damaged and psychically fragile women. Aside from the ravages of relationships and the nuances of nooky, Lowell's readers also learn about the ins and outs of various professions, from performance dressage to photography to speleology (the exploration and study of caves), as we have here. A "reimagining" of her 1986 Sequel, this work reintroduces Dr. Joyce (Joy) Anderson, foremost speleologist, and adventure writer Gabriel (Gabe) Venture to each other. In contrast to Lowell's other works, it is the lovers themselves who cause the disappointment and pain. As always, emotional breakthroughs follow some darn fine physical, uh, breakthroughs. Love and trust will prove the stuff of healing, with readers smiling all the way to the recovery room. Recommended for all romance collections.-Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal"(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

This Time Love Chapter One I couldn't have heard right. Joy Anderson closed her gray eyes and fought to breathe. Hand clenched on the radiophone, she prayed that she hadn't heard her boss say Gabriel Venture's name. This was just a nightmare and all she had to do was wake up. Warily her eyes opened. Nothing changed. She was still sitting in a patch of pure yellow sunlight pouring through the cottage's four-paned kitchen window. The phone was hot to her touch, all but burning her ear. She couldn't see the man she was talking to. She didn't have to. The memory of Harry Larkin's broad, professionally amiable face was imprinted in her mind. He was the one who had managed to land the two-year grant that was running out while she sat in the New Mexico desert and listened to the name of her nightmare. Gabriel Venture rising out of the past, haunting her in daylight as he had in dreams. "Yeah, it's quite a shock, isn't it? The great Gabriel Venture is coming to your very own boondocks to do a major article." Satisfaction rang in Harry's voice. "But then, he makes a specialty of places that are so remote they don't even have cell phone coverage. He was even here some time ago, back when nobody but dedicated amateur cavers knew much about Lost River Cave." Some time ago? Joy started to close her eyes, then forced them to stay open. No place to hide. No way out. Just herself and the past crashing down around her, bruising and cutting and battering. Oh yeah, Gabe was here. Six years, eleven months and twenty-nine days ago, give or take a few hours. But who's counting? The bitter words went no farther than Joy's mind. She was too shaken to speak and much too careful of her own and her daughter's privacy to reveal that she knew the time of Gabe's departure to the day and hour. It was hard to forget. Kati had been born nine months after Gabe drove out of New Mexico's pale, searing deserts in pursuit of the Orinoco River's steamy green mysteries. Joy had loved Gabe then, and had envied him the freedom of the world waiting at his feet. When he left, she'd hated him. And resented his freedom even more. Joy slammed the door on that line of thought. No matter how difficult it had been to watch while Gabe explored the world the way she had always wanted to, she wouldn't have traded Kati for all the freedom on earth. Not then. Not now. Resenting what couldn't be changed was a game for spoiled children. She was no longer either spoiled or childish. A mother couldn't afford to be. Especially a single mother. "I told Gabe's editor that we would be only too happy to help him," Harry continued, unaware that he had lost his distant audience. "It's about the only way the Lost River grant might be renewed." Realizing that it had been too long since she had put air in her lungs, Joy took a quick, shallow breath, then another. "I don't have to tell you what a grant renewal would mean," Harry said. "Not only your own job, but those of the people who work for you. The National Park Service has been very pleased with your groundbreaking exploration and academic papers on Lost River Cave. So has the university. The whole thing has been quite a feather in our cap, publicity-wise." He paused, waiting for her response. Silence. "Dr. Anderson?" With an effort Joy pulled her shattered thoughts together. From her subconscious she called up the last few moments of Harry's speech. Only too happy to help him. She shuddered as she felt the full force of feelings she thought she'd buried so deep she would never have to face them again. Or face herself ... the child she had been, certain that all she had to do was ask, believe, love, and what she wanted would come to her wrapped in a shiny big bow. She had been wrong. When she realized how wrong, she'd wanted to bury her foolishness in the past along with Gabe, bury it beyond recovery. But it was all coming back now, knives of rage twisting through her. All I want to do with the great Gabriel Venture is never to see him or hear his name again. Ever. Barring that piece of good fortune, I'd like to drop him down Lost River Cave's deepest, blackest hole and throw the damned rope in after him. The savagery of her own bleak emotions shocked Joy even more than hearing Gabe's name had. Until this instant, she believed that she'd forgotten--if not forgiven--Gabe's sweet smile and sweeter touch, and the terrible bitterness of his betrayal. Betrayal? No. Stop right there. That's the spoiled child whining about life being unfair. That child grew up. She had to. Unconsciously Joy squared her shoulders. The adult knows that Gabe didn't betray me. He never promised me one single thing. He just took what I offered, thanked me kindly, and left me holding the bag. Quite literally. But Kati was inside that bag. Hating her father won't do me any good, won't do Kati any good, and it sure as hell won't bother Gabe. Hating him almost destroyed me once. I won't let it touch me now. I won't let him touch me. Ruthlessly Joy shoved her emotions into the dark pit she called the past. After Gabe had left her, she'd raged in silence against him, cried out her loneliness in her parents' arms until her throat was raw, and kept on raging inside herself until she was emotionally exhausted. Then her parents had stepped on the wrong helicopter and died ... This Time Love . Copyright © by Elizabeth Lowell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from This Time Love by Elizabeth Lowell All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. 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