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Meant to be
Claire, Edie.
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New York : Warner Books, 2004.
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371 pages ; 18 cm.
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Edie Claire's follow-up to her women's fiction debut, Long Time Coming is a story about a young woman who searches for the truth about her birth and adoption and finds love unexpectedly.

Author Notes

Edie Claire is a writer of young adult mysteries. Before deciding on this profession, she tried several other jobs such as: medical and technical writer, corporate communications writer, freelance copy editor and camp counselor. She is known for her novels and plays and her series Leigh Koslow Mysteries.There are five things she includes in every book. They are - a happy ending, humor, romance, suspense, and characters the reader can relate to. Her titles include Never Buried, Never Preach Past Noon, Never Con a Corgi, Never Haunt a Historian and Alaskan Dawn.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Elementary-school teacher Meara O'Rourke has just lost her parents and broken her engagement. But the most disturbing news is a phone call telling her that her birth mother, Sheila, is in intensive care. Meara met Sheila once before, but found out that everything she told her was a lie and now hasn't a clue as to why she wants to see her. It turns out that the recently married and widowed Sheila has left Meara half her husband's estate, which includes an old inn and land on Laurel Ridge in bucolic Pennsylvania. Meara soon meets Fletcher, who also owns the property. The moody gentle giant wants nothing more than for Meara to disappear, but his kind nature allows her the peace and fortitude she needs to find out about her birth parents. Fletcher warns her that she may not like the answers, but Meara needs to know. The search for the past opens up the future in Claire's compassionate romance. --Patty Engelmann Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

An absorbing family mystery propels Claire's newest offering (after Long Time Coming), which follows 30-year-old Meara O'Rourke as she tries to piece together the circumstances surrounding her birth and adoption. Before she died, Meara's birth mother whispered an ominous message: "I was protecting you. Rosemary died. Stay...." Afterward, Meara learns she has inherited half ownership of Laurel Ridge, an estate that belonged to her birth mother's newly acquired husband, Mitchell Black. Mitchell's icy son Fletcher isn't willing to let a virtual stranger claim half of his childhood home, but he allows Meara to stay at Laurel Ridge while she solves the mystery of her mother's baffling words. Fletcher slowly warms toward Meara as the story progresses, but there's never any doubt the two will get together; after all, they both love nature, children and homemade pie. Fortunately, the fascinating family puzzle at the center of the novel compensates for the lack of romantic tension. Claire reveals the details of Meara's adoption morsel by morsel, which can be maddening, and her protagonists possess all the vivacity of cooked pasta. Still, there's no denying that this story is suspenseful, which should go a long way in appeasing readers. Agent, Meredith Bernstein. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved