Great Love by Rida
AmErica House - July 2001
ISBN: 1588510247 - Trade paperback
Contemporary Romance for
strong love scenes
Reviewed by Barbara
The provisions of Jonathan
Edward's father's will were that Jonathan, 29, must marry before he turns
30, and must start a family within the first year of his marriage in order
to keep control of the family business. This business is Jonathan's obsession,
and he has no idea how to find a woman with whom he would want to live
the rest of his life. The answer comes one evening while he is jogging
in the park. He is knocked down by Samantha Velmar's golden retriever,
Samantha Velmar is an
assistant manager of a bookstore who has to shop for clothes in 14 plus
size stores. She has been estranged from her family for 11 years because
of an abusive stepfather who told her that no man would ever love her
because of her size. She is very insecure; wants a better life, but doubts
she will find it. It is love at first sight. But Samantha has difficulty
believing Jonathan could care for her. Jonathan finally persuades her
to marry him.
This is a beautiful,
passionate love story, complete with the doubts, tensions, and ardor of
two very likable people. The book is very smooth and well-written. The
dialogue is written in a way that sounds like real conversations. The
characters are well-defined. The golden retriever, Molly, is a delightful
addition. The story moves rapidly and involves the reader in the action.
It is refreshing to find a heroine who is "a full-figured woman"
with charm and beauty both inside and out. There is an explicit sex episode,
which is handled tastefully.