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About the Author
FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood, Men of the Sisterhood, and Godmothers series, as well as dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy-five million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at www.fernmichaels.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The main character in this book is not overly bright. The letters that were 'returned to sender' were obviously not opened and it is revealed that they were marked by the postal service that the address of the person they were intended for was unknown. This would have been a clue for most people. This knowledge might have made all the differnce in the outcome of the person's life. The book gets more unbelievable and the main character has no moral character and did a repeat of her former life and pops into bed once again. The acceptance of one another after all is revealed is not at all realistic.
Not a recommended read.
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Other reviewers' comments about the contents were right-on. There was just so much wrong with this book I can't believe it. The thing that struck me right off is that Will was born in 1989, not 1889 for pete's sake, and most of Lin's struggles and suffering could have been alleviated by filing a paternity suit. DNA testing wasn't so readily available at that time, but paternity blood tests sure were! No, Nick wouldn't have been forced to have a part in Will's life if he didn't want to, but the court would have made him pay child support nonetheless. Next thing that bothered me was the child abuse aspect. Again, we are talking about the modern 80's here when Lin was growing up, and surely her going to school smelling like urine and vomit, and that she was also dirty and unkempt most days would alert a teacher or someone in authority to the fact that something just wasn't right in the Townsend household, small town or not. Then we move on to the 'revenge' aspect in present day. Reading about ruining a man via identity theft and manipulation of banking records, even if he was an a**, really just turned my stomach. And kidnapping? Both of these are Federal crimes with prison (not jail) time involved...
The rest of the story was drivel. And repetitive - 2 or 3 page narratives in their entirety were repeated a few times near the end of the book. Only reason I could figure why this was done was for page count purposes to meet a contractual obligation. Don't waste you time with this book. It really was pretty awful.
Lin, even though she is wealthy now and has a good life, sets out to ruin and make Nick feel her pain and have revenge on the man who she believes returned her letters and gave her no support. Nick is super wealthy, but has cancer. Lin's revenge is really over the top and that is where this book, that I was really enjoying started on its' downhill plunge.
Lin kidnaps and drugs Nick's wife- Chelsea. This is really a serious act even for someone bent on payback for a wrong. It also doesn't seem realistic that a smart lady like Lin would carry around letters for years that she never notices two important words on them that would have given her a vital key. It also seems unrealistic, that it would never occur to her that maybe Nick's wealthy, influential, rich family would have been the ones to return letters and he might not have known about it. The characters are written well and you really get to know them, including Nick and his wife who are horrid to each other.
But... then in the last 40 pages, the story telling becomes disjointed and choppy. Lin's story of her life is told twice - yes to two different people, but to have two pages of the same words repeated word for word?? And then it happens again with a recording that was made which is sent to Nick, word for word it is repeated. At another place in these last pages ...all of a sudden it's past Thanksgiving and we learn Lin had a wonderful ski vacation...what? It just makes the last part of the book too rushed, when the ending could have been a great part of Lin's life that comes together.
This is a complicated but interesting story line. There is far more to read in it than most of these novels and questions that occur: What is it in Lin's childhood that affects her? What is Nick and his wife's life like? What is really stamped on the letters? Why does the bone marrow drive threaten Lin's relationship with her son? How has Lin made so much money? And most of all Does Lin live happily ever after? These should create enough interest for those who want to get the book.
The story never really developes beyond an outline---and a very bad one at that.
The characters are not people that I would care to know---the only saving grace is that I borrowed it and did not spend any of my own hard earned money on it.
Skip this one and read ANYTHING else instead. Some things are better left alone and this is one of them.
There wasn't much that was believable about this story. A very young girl became a mother and was kicked out of her home by her religiously abusive father. She was completely on her own without any support. She had no money to care for herself and her son except what she had saved from babysitting. She got a job at a diner and another part time job to eke out enough to pay for rent and food. However, within five years she was able to buy the diner where she had worked for $50,000 and bought her own little home. Gee she would have make a great financial planner!
By the time this story begins (eighteen years or so after the son was born) she has greatly enlarged the diner, built her large dream home free and clear, set aside money for her son's entire college education, and was paying for her abusive father's care in a private, luxurious and expensive care facility.
The money she then begins spending money on her revenge towards Nick makes it seem as though she had discovered a money tree in the back yard. When looking for a private investigator in New York, she accidentally finds the precise one (what are the odds) that has a personal axe to grind toward Nick. Lin then, with the assistance of her friend, kidnaps Chelsea from her apartment by stabbing her in the neck with a syringe of Valium, leaves her on a doorstep in an unsavory neighborhood and tips off the newspapers trying to lay the blame on Nick. She and the investigator are able to hack into Nick's financial information and freeze all of his money and assets. Nick finds out his accounts are frozen and thinks it is Chelsea's work because he froze her charge accounts. Lin breaks the law in so many ways that it's not entertaining, it's appalling. But, I guess it's OK, because Nick never responded to any of her letters after Will was born. Most of you can guess what happened to the letters to Nick and why he didn't respond.
There was nothing likable about the other characters: Nick was just mean and rather hateful to everyone, Chelsea's only interest was money, shopping and making sure Nick didn't survive his leukemia so that she could inherit everything. Lin just became a crazed person consumed by revenge. When it appeared as though she was going to feel remorse for what she was doing, she read an article in the newspaper that told of Nick donating $5 million to an orphanage. Lin sees red, and renews her efforts toward revenge. I didn't care what happened to anyone. I was relieved that the son, Will, was in and out of state.
Yes, I read this through to the end, because I hoped that Fern Michaels would somehow redeem some of these characters. She didn't. But at the end, there was a romance beginning between Lin and Nick's oncologist. Well, that came out of left field and felt like a life ring being thrown out as a live saving effort for this story. It fell too far away from it's mark.