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Publisher's Summary

It is True Dickinson's 43rd birthday, and her best friends have gathered on this snowy night in Cape Cod at a trendy neighborhood restaurant to celebrate. True has never felt more alone. It's been eight years since the death of her husband, leaving her to raise their son on her own. Both her son and her small business are thriving, and True's life is full. Coming up on 43 makes True realize that there is an empty space in her life that friends and family cannot fill. She feels her youth and beauty slipping away, and the possibility for romance has never seemed more remote.
But everything changes the moment True and her beloved assistant, Isabelle, slide into a snow-filled ditch on the drive home. Saved by a young man she met earlier at the restaurant, True comes face to face with the opportunity to let love back into her life, that is, if she can overcome her own fears, and if these two spirits can find a way to tame each other's wild hearts and curb each other's supremely independent natures.
©2003 Jacquelyn Mitchard (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Mitchard's characters are appealing." (Booklist)
"Narrator Robin Miles delivers the story in straightforward fashion and creates various voices and accents from Cape Cod to New Orleans to color the dialogue." (AudioFile)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Carol T. Carr on 01-08-05

Character Flaws

This is a compelling book that packs more living into twelve months than most people experience in a lifetime. The author creatively winds the story through a complex tapestry of characters and cultures while tackling the issues of age differences and the tensions between male/female priorities in life -- quite a challenge and for the most part, successfully handled. Character development is a real strength of this author and it was delight to hear all the details she chose to paint a continually evolving picture of the major characters.
Perhaps it was the strength of the character development that led to my significant disappointment with the last quarter of this novel. When faced with their biggest challenges, the protagonists that had been so deftly created to be bigger than life suddenly seemed to diminish like a deflating balloon. The rationale for their actions and their final decisions were trite and immature; the resolution to their dilemma (very predictable) seemed very out of sync with the supposed maturing of the characters. A canvas created for a spectacular climax was completely wasted on a wimpy ending.
Three-quarters of the way through I was certain this was a 5-star book and I was making a list of the people I wanted to share it with. I'll give three stars for the quality of writing, the creativity of the story and the characters that are truly brought to life. But I'd recommend reading it only three-quarters of the way and then imagining your own ending.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michele on 05-24-05

GREAT Listen

Although the beginning was hard to follow, overall this was a great book. It moved along with its twists and turns of everyday life. The end could have been done with more of a plot ....... it just lagged.

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