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About face
Michaels, Fern.
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[Large print edition].
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Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2003]

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560 pages ; 23 cm
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Her memory stripped of the terrifying events from years ago, Casey Edwards returns home, determined to uncover the secrets that threaten her future. As Dr. Blake Hunter shows her the healing power of love, someone wants Casey out of the way before she remembers too much. Original.

Author Notes

Fern Michaels is the pseudonym for Mary Ruth Kuczkir. She was born on April 9, 1933, and grew up in Hasting, Pennsylvania.

Michaels is an American author of romance and thriller novels, including at least 90 bestselling books with more than 150 million copies in print. Her USA Today and New York Times bestselling books include Family Blessings, Pretty Woman, Crown Jewel, Take Down and About Face. She writes the Texas quartet, the Captive series, and The Sisterhood series.

(Bowker Author Biography) Fern Michaels has been writing novels for twenty-five years. She has written sixty-seven books, many of which have been "New York Times" bestsellers. She lives in South Carolina.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Casey Edwards is finally being released from a home for the mentally disabled after 10 years of amnesia. Dr. Blake Hunter, a friend of the family, is surprised by Casey's cropped-short hair and brown institutional dress, but has no trouble getting her safely ensconced in her new home. And new home it is, since when Casey left, hers was run down. This is a fine estate. Other things are also odd to Casey. Why will no one talk about the events preceding the day she was institutionalized? Who is trying to make her doubt her own sanity? Did the flashbacks she's experiencing really happen or are they a sign of a mental breakdown? Michaels is at her storytelling best here as Casey is determined to discover the truth no matter how traumatic, and Blake is just as determined to help this woman who is slowly becoming someone he could love. --Maria Hatton

Publisher's Weekly Review

There's enough melodrama in Michaels's newest offering (after No Place Like Home) to quench the thirst of soap opera devotees during a daytime drama drought, and the author's fans will likely lap up every word. At 17, Casey Edwards has experienced plenty of heartache and betrayal. Her mother, Evie, neglects her; her stepbrother, Ronnie, sexually abuses her; and her fianc may leave her if she doesn't have sex with him. The day Casey finally fights back and stabs Ronnie in the leg, she miscarries his baby and comes to 10 years later in a mental hospital with no memory of her life before being admitted. Evie, now wealthy and married, greets Casey with little enthusiasm, as do the citizens of Sweetwater, Ga., and she can't help but wonder why. Slowly, she pieces together the lost details of her life with the help of Dr. Blake Hunter, a gorgeous family friend, but there are those who will do anything to keep her memories buried. Michaels's characterizations are far from subtle, and her plot consists of too many highs and lows with very little in between. However, her incisive descriptions of Southern life (and the mannerisms that separate the wealthy from the working masses) will impress, even if the conventional romance between Blake and Casey doesn't. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Recently released from a ten-year stay at a mental health facility, Casey returns to her mother's home hoping to regain her memory of her life before hospitalization. Instead, Casey finds glass shards in her body lotion and becomes a hit-and-run victim while shopping. Unable to explain the mysterious and disturbing acts, she wonders if someone is trying to drive her insane. Murder, divorce, money, social position, amnesia, mental illness, and sexual abuse make this tale difficult to put down. Anna Lauris's wide range of voices and tonal variations make it easy for the listener to track the various speakers. A deep Southern accent adds to the ambiance and suits those particular characters. The tapes are professionally produced, with no tape hiss or other background noise. Side changes are timed to occur at convenient breaks in the story. Unfortunately, there is no repetition of a thought or sentence at the beginning of the new side, making it necessary for the listener to pay close attention as the end of a side approaches. Strongly recommended for all public libraries.-Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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