In this rapturous romance, a woman grieving her sister's death vows to protect herself and her newborn niece -- even if it means turning away the dashing and irresistible heir to a Texas oil dynasty.
Katherine Adams will never marry a Manning -- not if she can help it. Her sister Mary's fairy-tale marriage into the family's wealthy, powerful dynasty turned into a nightmare of abuse. And on the night her playboy husband was killed in a car accident, Mary died in childbirth. Now, the savvy, smart, and very angry Katherine has vowed to protect her sister's child, even if it means rejecting the dashing, charismatic oil man who shows up at her door.
Katherine wants to believe that Jason Manning isn't like his ruthless family. But secrets and lies are part of his heritage. And Katherine could be destroyed by a truth she's afraid to face . . . and a man she can't resist.
When her sister's abusive husband dies, and then her sister dies in childbirth, Kathryn Adams takes her newborn niece and hides her from the child's wealthy and overbearing grandparents. Jason Manning, her brother-in-law, finds Kathryn, determined to take his brother's daughter into his own custody. But they each discover the other is not what they imagined, and between the unwanted attraction that rises between them, and their love for the baby, they work out a compromise to provide the child with a permanent and loving home. Ren e Raudman is adept at creating voices, and the characters are vividly and accurately portrayed. Her own voice in the narration is strong and mature, and in dialogue she slides from the youthful heroine to the older grandmotherly neighbor convincingly. Her performance does the male characters justice as needed, with the big and powerful hero sounding just that, and the old curmudgeon sidekick appropriately portrayed. First released 30 years ago (under Brown's pseudonym, Rachel Ryan) the slightly dated book is a classically fulfilling romance and an enjoyable listen. A Grand Central paperback.
Where's the mystery in that?
Where do I begin? I feel that the overall story line was a bit of a stretch and things were rushed and kind of forced. There were far to many overly mushy moments where the phrases "oh, Katherine" and "oh, Jace" were abused. The story was also very anticlimactic, there was no major build up to anything just a few couple spats that comprised the entire plot. It was obvious from the very beginning what the outcome would. Mystery solved! I've ready many many Sandra Brown books but this was a major disappointment.
I was shocked and disturbed to read Africans and Native Americans referred to as savages. This book was probably written in the 80s but still does not excuse this language. It really should be pulled off.
The plot (whatever little there was) was so predictable I skipped pages.
Love. Beyond Reason
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