At midnight, when he kissed her, Diana trembled at his touch and at her own fears. Was she strong enough for this? She was almost whole again, but still quite vulnerable, and he was just-wounded and so very vulnerable, too.
“What are you thinking, Diana?”
“That you’re a lonely man and I’m a lonely woman.”
“That this has disaster written all over it.”
“Even if we’re very careful with each other?”
“Probably.” Diana laughed softly. “Probably.”
Southampton. A place of casual elegance and simple perfection. Where whispers of scandal are as relentless as the rhythm of the sea . . . and the desires of the heart are as timeless.
It is here that three women struggle to find love . . . or to save it.
Julia Lawrence. Her youthful beauty and glamorous marriage make her an object of desire and a target of envy. But Julia loves only one man, and she wishes for only one quiet dream, yet there are ancient secrets and ancient enemies who threaten to shatter it all.
Dr. Diana Shepard. The world renowned surgeon knows all about healing broken hearts. When it comes to her patients’ hearts, she is a gifted seamstress. But will she ever escape the tormenting memory of the love she could not keep and find a way to mend her own?
Casey English. The brilliant attorney has always been quite skillful at getting what she wants, inside the courtroom and out, in her charmed and successful life. Or so it seems. She alone knows that it has all been a dazzling and lonely act. And when she meets the man who can set her free, she must confront the truth of who she is . . . and who she would truly like to be.
Praise for the novels of Katherine Stone:
Katherine Stone writes “in the vein of Danielle Steel and Sandra Brown.”—Library Journal
“A hauntingly beautiful story set against the splendor of California’s Napa Valley. An intriguing, multilayered tale filled with such deep emotions and vivid descriptions that it’s nearly impossible to put down.”—Rendezvous on Bed of Roses
“Heart-tugging . . . few romance fans will remain unmoved.”—Publishers Weekly on Thief of Hearts
“Poignant . . . Cass is an intrepid heroine, but it is Chase who wins our hearts when he refuses to allow Cass’s seeming betrayal to stop him from protecting his beloved.”—Midwest Book Review on Bed of Roses
“Remarkably romantic and thoroughly enchanting.”—Rendezvous on Pearl Moon
“Fairytale elements mix with those of a present day romance for . . . thoroughly enjoyable results.”—Kirkus Reviews on Rainbows
Katherine Stone is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels, including ROOMMATES, PEARL MOON, LOVE SONGS, HAPPY ENDINGS, and THIEF OF HEARTS. A physician who now writes full time, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, physician-novelist Jack Chase (MORTALITY RATE, FATAL ANALYSIS, THE MAGRUDER TRANSPLANT).
Stone ( Bel Air ) sets her facile new high-life tale in Long Island's Southampton, where everything is superlative and everyone ``stunningly'' handsome or successful pp 8,11 , but also confused, letting lies and secrets get in the way of their otherwise perfect loves. Julia was a virginal 16 when she met Jeffrey and became pregnant with Merry; but Jeffrey, now a national TV news anchorman, had been long infertile from a childhood illness, and his belief that Julia had a lover rocks their marriage. As for Diana, inventor of an artificial heart p. 31 , she is facing divorce because she won't tell her husband Chase that her refusal to have children stems from the fact that she once lost a daughter. And if only the rising young attorney Casey had listened more closely to her lover Patrick's clues about his secret life, she could have saved herself some time investigating his past. Stone packs her story with beautiful women, mistaken situations and bitter rivalries, but realism is not a prime factor, as indicated by Casey's decision to wear her hair loose when trying a rape case, because, she thinks, ``the case was really about freedom, wasn't it?'' 800,000WHAT?/yes sirree/pk first printing.