Full Circle Library Binding – Large Print, May 1 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Bunn mixes romance and light suspense in a proficient but somewhat lackluster read. Protagonist Adam Wright is a formerly self-absorbed actor turned crack investment analyst who is bitter about his father's abandonment. When he's hired by investment house Oxford Ventures, he falls hard for the boss's daughter, Kayla Austin. She has her own woes: her fiancé has embezzled the money from the African relief project she was spearheading, leaving her brokenhearted and her venture virtually bankrupt. Together, Kayla and Adam seek to heal past wounds and discover who's sabotaging Kayla's father's company. Bunn (Heirs of Acadia series; The Lazarus Trap) successfully uses the rich backdrop of Oxford, England, as his setting, but the suspense never moves past a gentle simmer. The pacing slows in places; the romance between Kayla and Adam lacks much tension; and occasionally, Bunn resorts to stale prose such as "The air was spiced with Kayla's fragrance, and the heady scent of a better tomorrow." One bright spot is the story's sensitive handling of faith: Much of the plot hinges on what various characters intuit about God's leading, but in Bunn's capable hands, this is less forced than one might think. Bunn is a proficient writer, and despite its flaws, his fans should find this a mostly smooth read with a redemptive conclusion.
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About the Author
Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than four million books in fifteen languages. He has been honored with three Christy Awards and is a sought-after lecturer in the art of writing. Visit his website at davisbunn.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Kayla Austin returns from Africa, humiliated, with a shattered heart and a shattered dream.
This is by no means Bunn's most original or suspenseful novel; but he does a great job with the formula, demonstrating once again his enviable ablility to write different styles. His characters are well-rounded and sympathetic, and his mystery intriguing and credible. Peter, Honor, and others bring meaningful faith to the narrative without preaching. Davis Bunn has lived all over the world, but set this story in his own town of Oxford, making it very natural and rather special.
It's a good, fairly quick read with just enough suspense to keep the pages turning. I never doubted the happy ending, but most definitely enjoyed the trip. Keep up the good work, Mr. Bunn!