Where She Belongs Hardcover – Jan 6 2012
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About the Author
As a child, Cindy dreamed of becoming a writer. Well, okay, thanks to her grade three teacher reading a chapter of The Little House on the Prairie books to Cindy's class everyday, Cindy actually dreamed of becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder. It made so much sense. After all, Cindy's blond older sister always got to wear blue while Cindy with the "dark as cinders" hair was often relegated to wearing dull old pink--just like Laura. Laura was part of a pioneer family, and until Cindy went to school she lived in a miniscule farming community where her father and grandparents were born. What further confirmation for her future does an eight-year-old with an avid imagination require? When Cindy realized becoming Laura meant learning to travel back in time and using--gasp!--outhouses where she believed evil trolls were hiding to gobble her up, she decided to remain in the present and become a writer instead. Her first poem began, "My father is a logger, He stirs his coffee with his thumb, He has a dog named Blackie, And in his truck they both look dumb." Thus another illustrious literary career was born. Cindy earned a first class B.A. in English Lit. from the University of Victoria before unleashing herself on the unsuspecting workforce. However, she quickly realized her aversion to fluorescent lights and the numbers 9-2-5 wouldn't gain her kudos from her various bosses. Luckily, she married Steven King (note the lack of a "ph"), who whisked her to a tiny logging town where she couldn't find a job...unless you count her stint as secretary to the warden of a minimum security prison. There, Cindy began writing novels, and she hasn't looked back. Because, honestly, what other employer in their right mind would want her? A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist and author of rollicking romantic comedies and emotional contemporary romance, Cindy's mission in life is to see her surname spelled properly--with an E. So take heed. That's P-r-o-c-t-E-r. Not, no, never, under any flippin' circumstances should you spell it with two O's. Cindy lives in Canada with her husband, their two grown sons, a cat obsessed with dripping tap water, and Allie McBeagle. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Jess Morgan is beleaguered by painful memories that she hasn’t dealt with. One of them centers on the relationship that she and her mother do not have—and, as we learn while the story unfolds, they never did have because her father was the type of individual that he was.
Jess had resented her step father, who was the man that had quickly stepped up to support her mother after Jess’s father’s death. Hess and he had never made peace with each other, but when he died, Jess felt obligated to come home for a few days to see her mom. Then she would head back to her life in Toronto.
But in real life (and fiction) things are often not what they appear to be. She found her mother desolate, floundering in the pain of her loss. This shocked Jess, but it further angered her because she felt her mother had never grieved for her father in the same way. Yet her heart reached out to the woman she had never understood. Their struggle was a major part of this story.
And then there was Adam Wright. As an adolescent, Jesse had worn her heart on her sleeve for him, but he hadn’t paid any attention to her. She was far too young then, and now she is far too jaded and defensive.
Adam’s interest peaks immediately, and he pursues her, but she does everything she can to push him away.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This was a very well-written book. The only grammatical error I found was "to you and I." The book started a little slowly for me, but the pace picked up before long. I felt there were way too many curse words. I found over sixty-some before I gave up tallying them. This author is too good with words. She doesn't need this redundancy. There were also several steamy, descriptive sex scenes. These were rather well-done considering the content and more realistic than many such scenes. I would have preferred the story without them, but I know many readers would disagree.
However, when her stepfather dies, Jess the shoe buyer returns to Destiny Falls to briefly be there in order to persuade her mom to live with her in Toronto as she hopes to mend their estrangement. Jess is stunned by how much her mother needs her and how much forester Adam Wright wants her. Adam pushes for a permanent relationship amidst their families in Destiny Falls but fearful of relationships as loved ones die Jess prepares to flee back to Ontario.
This is an entertaining family drama starring a young woman unable to move past the losses of her dad and her boyfriend. Jess makes the tale as she brings realism with her trauma. Her mom's inability to cope then and now enhance how alone Jess felt back then. Although Adam is a bull in a china shop when his beloved needs gentle support, fans will enjoy visiting Destiny Falls in picaresque British Columbia.
Adam Wright, whom Jess had a crush on when she was fourteen and he was seventeen, is Jess's best friend Molly's cousin and comes to pick Jess up at the airport while Molly stays with Jess's mother Nora, whose second husband has died.
Adam is comfortable in his own skin. He put his roots down deep in Destiny Falls and has that sense of belonging he needs. He is just as tenacious, steadfast, and persistent as his cousin Molly. He works to make Destiny Falls a better and more prosperous place to live He works hard in his business to obtain contracts that generate jobs and good wages for the local people. However, his attitude that others should like and be happy with what he is happy with has cost him dearly. Crysta and his unborn child are lost to him because of this attitude and now it colors his view of Jess whom he feels abandoned her mother and her hometown. He doesn't know the circumstances and is too quick to judge.
Nora, Jess's mother, is not blameless in Jess's feeling she doesn't really belong in Destiny Falls or anywhere else for that matter. Caught up in her own needs and loves over the years, Nora lost her connection with her only child. She feels she has no right to make demands on Jess even though grief and regrets have sapped her vitality. Some of her choices have driven Jess away, yet she longs for absolution.
As Jess inches her way toward a decision about where she belongs and about her willingness to risk being hurt again, she tells herself that being alone keeps her safe from hurt. However, as she and Nora open up to each other and Adam eases his way into her life, thoughts, and heart, Jess fears breaking free of her cocoon of isolation and feels a sense of panic about flying out into a world where emotional dangers abound.
Cindy Procter-King weaves together the lives of her characters with a skill that creates a beautiful pattern of love with just enough darkness in the design to highlight the beauty of unconditional friendship, familial love that ebbs and flows but never disappears, and best of all, she weaves in the love of a man and woman who suffered bitter grief and loss but come out of that dark part of life to the glorious light of true love.
Where She Belongs is a gentle story that touches the heart.
Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Adam Wright knew Jessie's stepfather and liked him a lot. He is there for the widow and helps Jessie out as well. Adam has his own skeletons, but he doesn't let them prevent him from finding happiness. However, one of his biggest flaws is pushing people too much and not letting them come to their own decisions in their own time. Adam opens some things up for Jessie, and she soon finds that her job doesn't complete her as much as she thought it did. Jessie had learned to run from her pain and try to bury it. Can Adam convince Jessie that they belong together, or will he push her too far?
Where She Belongs had realistic characters with all their flaws and baggage in tow, looking to find their place in this world and their own personal happiness within themselves. Jessie needed to realize that life doesn't have many guarantees and when she is knocked off course, she needs to get back up and try again. I liked that she stood up for herself with Adam when she needed to and that he actually stopped to look at things from her point of view. Where She Belongs had Jessie finding a sense of peace, belonging, and true happiness within herself, and not allowing an outer relationship to completely define her. I truly felt that she was living life after she came to the conclusions of putting some of the past to rest. Jessie just needed to get the past squared away in order to truly move on in the future.
Where She Belongs showed that Adam needed to learn that he doesn't get to control or push people into things just because it's what he wants. He has to trust that if the feelings are there, the person will arrive at the logical conclusion all in their own time and everyone will be better for it. Love doesn't have to be the "be-all-end-all" type of love, but something that will enhance one another's lives. I saw parallels between Jessie and Adam and her mother's relationships with her husbands as well. It seemed that some forms of love can take a person completely over and other relationships suffer because of it.
I wished Where She Belongs had been longer, and that the depths of the characters' despair had been plundered further. However, it seemed that the characters experienced the growth that they needed in the amount of space allotted to them. Where She Belongs was slow in the beginning, but as the characters were revealed more, they slowly grew on you and I was rooting for the H/h to get together in the end. Where She Belongs story had some humorous situations and nice dialogue peppered throughout with lighthearted situations and deeper emotions involved when dealing with the protagonists' baggage.
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