The writing team of Judith Michael do it again in this book. In this book, we meet Jessica a young passionate woman who is discovering herself and the magic of the theater. She leaves the theater, leaving correspondance behind to her mentor Luke Cameron's deceased grandmother. Luke reads, and rereads her letters and realizes that he has fallen in love with Jessica and must find her- must know what happened to her and why she left the theater.
A facinating love story with many twists and turns.
Set in the pastoral beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the glitter of Broadway and spectacular Sydney, Australia. "A melange of fantasy and everyday life..." ~The Wall Street Journal~
This is a large print edition ....Lucas Cameron is a very successful New York City theater director. Growing up with his grandmother, the renowned actress Constance Bernhardt, he was instilled with a deep love and insightful understanding of the stage. While working on a new play, he learns that Constance has died, and he returns to her villa in Italy to settle her affairs. There he discovers letters written to Constance by her friend and acting protege, Jessica Fontaine, which he starts reading one quiet evening to amuse himself. Captivated by the young woman's outlook on life, he continues to read, discovering that her career is abruptly ended when she suffered grave physical injuries in a train accident and leads a new and very secluded life on an island off the coast of Seattle. Deeply affected by her letters, Lucas realizes that he wants to meet this woman and discover why she has isolated herself not only from the acting arena but apparently from the world in general. Michael's (Tangled Web, LJ 11/15/94) novel tells a gently felt story with a surprising amount of suspense. Although probably set to be hyped by its publisher as "woman's fiction," this is really a thought-provoking character study of two very complicated individuals trying to come to grips with each other and the choices they have made in their lives. A sure winner for Michaels fans and a wonderful choice to introduce new readers to her work.
Reader has a very pleasant voice and I enjoyed listening to this story.
2 audio cassettes, approx 3 hours playing time, abridged. Read by Buck Schirner.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. But seriously. You will cry reading this. A wounded woman feels confidence in herself once again, thanks to a man whose heart was thought to be made of stone. I couldn't stop turning pages. I wanted to know the whole story in one sitting it was so intriguing and wonderful and utterly heartfelt.
When director Lucas Cameron finds letters to his grandmother from her protege--the brilliant young actress Jessica Fontaine, who had vanished mysteriously after a tragic accident--he is intrigued and determined to find her.When they finally meet,they have one magic week of passion and love. But still Jessica cannot return with Lucas to his world--and he cannot share hers--unless they discover the many kinds of love,and the inner strength, that can triumph over the past and open the way for their hands and hearts to join.
When director Lucas Cameron finds letters to his grandmother from her protege-the brilliant young actress Jessica Fontaine, who had vanished mysteriously after a tragic accident-he is intrigued and determined to find her.
When director Lucas Cameron finds letter to his grandmother from her protege the brilliant young actress Jessica Fontain, who had vanashed mysteriouslyafter a tragic accident he is ingrigued and determined to find her.
This is one of Judith Michaels better books. I would recommend it.
This book is vintage Judith Michaels with the main character a broadway play director who falls in love after his beloved grandmother passes away. The object of his affection is not who you think it would be, someone his grandmother brings into his life posthumously. Touching, intriguing, and a glimpse into a fun world.
Love story that spans the Northwest, Broadway, and Sydney, Australia.
Not my favorite book. The book is in 3 parts. The 1st is very long, and somewhat tedious. It is full of detailed scenes that really do not add to the storyline.
The second part is better. It's the romance, so it's fun, but still, not "wow".
The third part is probably the best. We follow the female character as she rebuilds her life. The problem with this section is that it is not detailed enough. It seemed like the authors were tired of the story, and wanted it over.
Not really recommended, sorry!
What a delightful book! I learned an enormous amount about the theater, production and direction of plays. What an intriguing process! The characters are facinating and complex, bright, witty. People I'm glad I met. The settings are places I have enjoyed or hope to some day, New York City, the San Juan Islands, and Sydney, Australia.
World famous stage actress, Jessica Fontaine is involved in a train accident in Canada which mars her beauty and cripples her body. She has been the protege of a former great actress, Constance Cameron, who had nurtured her talent and who had tried for years to foster a relationship with her equally talented grandson, Luke, a top Broadway producer.
After the accident, Jessica becomes a recluse on a small island off the US coast, ignoring all overtures from friends and show biz people to pick up the threads of her former life. Following the death of Constance, Luke discovers among her posssessions, a small chest, filled with years of letters from Jessica, and after reading them all, is drawn to the actress and determined to meet her. He tracks her down and, after an initially rocky start, they are so mutually attracted that they enjoy a week of sizzling romance which Luke is determined to continue. Jessica is still undecided about any future for them and, with a complete lack of confidence in her new, unglamorous appearance, bolts, literally hiding out in Sydney, Australia.She tentatively begins a career as a play director after meeting and befriending a dynamic woman who guides her to a new beginning in theatre. Of course, as in any good love story, she is pursued by letters and faxes from Luke and it's these communications between them, in wonderful prose, that form the basis of the ever growing understanding of each others deep seated fear of commitment but very real love and need. This will probably be classed as a "womans" book
This book is not large print.
No cover jacket, but in excellent condition.