Date: June 2004
Reviewed: Advance Review Copy
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Romance [Western Pennsylvania]
Lynda E. Lukow
Notes: Sexual content: Sweet (mild)
By Edie Claire
been raised by loving parents, Meara O'Rourke has always felt a
certain emptiness that only the facts surrounding her adoption could
fill. Her path to the truth, rekindled by her birth mother's dying
declaration, is fraught with difficulty and deception.
is the epitome of a reluctant hero. He's sworn off women and chosen
to devote his life to preserving the forest he expected to inherit
from his father. But when Meara, the long lost daughter of his father's
second wife, shows up, he's forced to re-evaluate all the values
he's so closely held.
Be is told entirely through Meara's eyes, giving readers a
front row seat on the roller coaster ride of the heroine's moods.
But readers are never left wondering about secondary characters.
Ms. Claire does an outstanding job showing other characters' emotions
and motivations, through conversations and Meara's observations
of body language and facial expressions.
of the Pennsylvania countryside ground the characters in the real
world. The romance plays second fiddle, but it's easy to understand
why Fletcher and Meara eventually come together. Their kisses are
hot, but the love scene is only an allusion.
intricately layered plot propels readers along Meara's journey;
the author never reveals details before the appropriate time and
seldom settles for banalities. Intriguing flashbacks, interesting
tidbits, and emotional confrontations entice readers to turn the
page. “Meant To Be” presents a paragon of superbly written,
compelling women's literature.