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Author: Therese Fowler / Genre: Fiction

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      13.10.2007 23:35
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      decent romantic debut

      The Blurb
      Can you ever forgive and forget?
      Does the past always catch up with the present?
      If you had just weeks to live what would you do?

      August 1989: At 21, Meg Powell made the hardest decision of her life and walked out on childhood sweetheart Carson McKay straight into the arms of another man. In the years that follow, Carson can't forget Meg despite the fame, fortune- and countless women- that bakcon.
      April 2006: The pair are re-united by fate. Reading her late mother's journals, Meg must confront the past and face the future, with tragic consequences. Only Carson can help her - if he can forgive.
      Mothers and daughters, secrets and lies, new tragedies and old regrets- prepare for an unforgettable, emotional rollercoaster of a read.

      The Story
      The story begins in August 1989. It is the eve of Meg's wedding to Brian Hamilton. In the middle of the night she sneaks out of her house on the farm, and goes to the farm next door where her true love Carson McKay lives and they make love one last time. Carson is desperate to try and persuade Meg not to marry Brian and he doesn't understand why she is doing it
      The book then skips to 2006 Meg is still married to Brian, they are wealthy , apart from Brian being a successful businessman Meg is now an OBGYN Doctor and is a partner in a private practice. They have a daughter Savannah aged 16 and Meg is unsure of her paternity although she hopes it's Carson. Meg keeps herself busy looking after her family, looking after her patients and caring for her father who is now in a retirement home after he sold the farm when Meg's mother passed away.
      Through Meg's recollections and her late mothers journals we soon realize why Meg that chose Brian over Carson because her parents were about to loose everything to the bank (which Brian's family owned), they agreed to write off the debt if Meg would marry Brian.

      Meanwhile Carson is a rock star (Meg has all his C.D's) and is about to be married to val, a much younger, world championship surfer. Carson should be happy but can't understand why Val loves him and why he doesn't love her as much as he should. When he and Val return to Florida to make wedding arrangements he bumps into Meg on the day she has been told she probably has ALS (or Lou Geering's disease).

      As it turns out Meg only has weeks to live and in those weeks she wants to put right everything she's done wrong and make up for everything she regrets.

      The Author
      This is Therese fowler's debut novel, after years of writing in her spare time she was inspired by losing her mother and listening to a radio program about ALS. She lives in North Carolina with her family and is working on her second novel.

      My Experience
      I was really looking forward to reading this as the author had been compared to Jodi Picoult and Dorothy Koomson
      and I enjoy their novels very much. Although it is full of drama and tragedy this is essentially a love story and a little too slushy in parts for me. The story is great but I felt the book often drifted like it was going nowhere. there is a side story with Savannah going off the rails with a guy she met on the internet but it's totally uneccessary and adds nothing of value to the novel. Things pick up for Meg after she has been diagnosed and that's where it become more compelling but before that the novel is quite boring and depressing.
      The last few chapters are wrten beautifully and you may need a tissue or two.
      I think real romance fans would love this novel otherwise it fails to captivate, it could've been so much more.

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  • Product Details

    What if the only person who could help was the one whose heart you'd broken? A captivating and heartrending novel of lost love, family secrets and betrayal from a major new talent. 'Memories are like spinning blades; dangerous at close range.' Meg Powell and Carson McKay were soulmates. Until Meg inexplicably walked away and straight into the arms of another man. While Meg set about building a career and a family -- and trying her best to forget Carson -- he poured his soul into the music that was to make him an international superstar. Now, twenty years later, Meg is forced to confront the past and hidden truths in the pages of her late mother's diaries -- little knowing that her teenaged daughter Savannah is playing with fire, creating a secret life on the internet that sucks her into a dangerous world. Then Carson arrives back in town -- just as Meg finds out startling news which will change her life for ever.