Beloved bestselling author Jude Deveraux follows a savvy young woman into the intriguing heart of a past mystery—and into the arms of a once-in-a-lifetime love.
It was her father's dying wish that Samantha Elliot search for her grandmother, who'd disappeared from Louisville when she was a baby. So here she was in New York City...her parents dead, her divorce final, and she was all alone....
Michael Taggert was Samantha’s landlord—and she was charmed by this handsome, life-loving man. Yet every time Mike tried to get closer to Samantha, he ran into a brick wall. Now, as he helps her unravel her grandmother’s past—and the dangerous truth about a fateful spring night in 1928 and a seductive jazz singer—Mike slowly reawakens the joy and affection Samantha had buried long ago…
Perennial bestseller Deveraux ( The Duchess ) involves yet another spunky heroine in a formulaic romance. After her divorce and her father's death in early 1991, 28-year-old Sam Elliott arrives in New York City to search for clues to the riddle of her grandmother's mysterious 1964 disappearance. Her father's will directs her to spend a year on this quest while renting an apartment from his young friend Mike Taggert, who is writing a book about Prohibition-era gangster Doc Barrett. Mike needs Sam's assistance to land an interview with the still-living Barrett, and despite her fear of her dangerously attractive landlord she becomes increasingly involved with his work and attracted to both him and his large, loving family; she also comes closer to the truth about her grandmother's bizarre past. Deveraux knows Manhattan and provides entertaining descriptions of the speakeasy age in Harlem, but her cliche-laden dialogue makes it seem that her characters speak English as a second language. The highly improbable story line, overloaded with convoluted plots and subplots, will discourage even the most die-hard romance fan. Literary Guild and Doub le day Book Club main selections. ( Sept. )
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$16??? But love this book
Love this book I have read it several times since it was published...
I have it in paperback...
I would love it digitally but $16+ for a digital book that isn't a text book just isn't worth it, it doesn't even cost that much to buy a physical copy again...
Couldn't put down with romance and mystery together loved it
Got really old, really quickly
Ok really? The book started out ok, but it got old really quickly. First of all, Mike is actually a jerk. He orders Sam around, but then calls her baby so it's ok! He is made out to be this wonderful person, but he lies to Sam throughout the entire book and seems to think nothing of it. What's worse is, Sam KNOWS he's lying and she continues putting up with it! The author's use of the word for annoyed me! Everything was for she knew this and for he knew that. Perhaps the author should use a thesaurus and see if she can find another word! Don't waste your time.