One of Smith's better books. Venus Arinelli is distrustful and wary. But as she slowly gets to know the Cameron family, especialy Gib Cameron, she begins to trust. It's nice to read a book where the sex is not a magic fixer of all problems. Instead it is trust that brings about resolution. But the sex is good too.
This book has it all! A very engrossing story about deep family traditions, commitment, betrayal, pride, and especially love, all set within the setting of the beautiful Tennessee mountains.
I couldn't put this one down, and was so sorry when I got to the last page because I didn't want it to end!
Musical prodigy Venus Arinelli's life shattered at the age of 19 when her father was arrested for anti-government activity. When he died of a heart attack a week later while in custody, Venus took her younger sister and ran from accusations and harassment. Ten years later, she's still running from the government agencies that are eager to place the blame on her every time a subversive group explodes a bomb in the United States.
Gib Cameron was a child of 5 when Venus's parents were married at Cameron Hall. Steeped in tradition, Gib's family is well respected and firmly rooted in American history, while Venus's is notorious and barely a generation away from immigration. But tragedy has come knocking on the venerable door of the Cameron stronghold high in the Tennessee hills, and the matriarchal great-aunt of the clan orders Gib to find the Arinelli sisters and bring them to the Hall. Shari Kirk and Max Arinelli were the first guests to stay there, and the great-aunt believes that their daughters hold the key to the survival of the Hall and the healing of her family.
Gib and Venus are worlds apart on the surface--she with her pierced navel, wild clothing, and career as a lounge musician, and he with his conservative clothing, schooling at the Citadel, and career as a Secret Service agent. But they are soul mates under their skins, for each is deeply honorable, wary of love, and fiercely protective of their families.
The two share in an arduous journey of the heart, searching the past to heal the present and find a future. They take with them a collection of fascinating, well-developed secondary characters in a story that mixes pathos with humor and is rich with human emotion, lush landscapes, and a plot so well conceived that it resonates like a finely tuned Steinway.
A relaxing story; I enjoyed it.
A good story; a quick read.
I did not want this book to end!
Venus Arinelli has lived the last 15 years trying to hide from her father's shame, and taking care of her sister. When Gib Cameron tracks her down, and invites her back to the inn where her parents married 30 years ago, she decides to go. When the sisters arrive, they are surrounded by a friendly welcome Venus cannot believe nor trust. She has to learn how to trust again, and decide if she can love again.
Home is wherever the heart leads....
The ties that bind us--to our families, to our pasts--are at the heart of this deeply engrossing story.
Venus Arinelli saw her future as a concert pianist shattered when her father's life ended in disgrace. Now Venus plays in cocktail lounges, sporting her survival skills like a suit of armor. When a stranger emerges from her parents' long-ago past with an offer too good to refuse, Venus' suspicions flare up.
But Gib Cameron has a special mission. He represents the Camerons of Tennessee--a family as rooted in American history and Southern soil as Venus' is notorious and fly-by-night. Yet the Camerons, survivors of tragedy, need Venus for reasons that have to do with honor and loyalty and an almost mystical bond to their shared past. And Gib, as hard-eyed a skeptic as Venus herself, has to persuade her to come to their mountain home.
Humor, sexiness, pathos, and surprises are all part of Deborah Smith's unique storytelling magic. When Venus Fell will entrance readers with its tale of Venus's reluctant journey to Tennessee, where two well-guarded hearts, afraid to trust again, will find they've come home.
A southern blend of family , home and a "stellerromance".
I ::love:: everything by Deborah Smith & this no exception! Check synopsis & other reader reviews on amazon.com.
Deborah Smith at her best! Full of romantic twists and turns. A good light read.