To the outside world, they seem to have it all. Cassie Barrett, a renowned anthropologist, and Alex Rivers, one of Hollywood's hottest actors, met on the set of a motion picture in Africa. They shared childhood tales, toasted the future, and declared their love in a fairy-tale wedding. But when they return to California, something alters the picture of their perfect marriage. A frightening pattern is taking shape--a cycle of hurt, denial, and promises, thinly veiled by glamour. Torn between fear and something that resembles love, Cassie wrestles with questions she never dreamed she would face: How can she leave? Then again, how can she stay?
This politically correct Hollywood romance leaves no plotting stone unturned. For her discovery of an ancient human relic, glamorous UCLA anthropologist Cassie Barrett is rocketed to the prominence of a '90s-style Margaret Mead. As if that's not enough, she goes to Kenya as technical consultant on a movie starring hunk-of-the-month Alex Rivers. After a whirlwind romance, Cassie becomes the new Mrs. Rivers, toast of filmdom's beautiful people. But all is not bliss for the newlyweds: Alex's tortured past just won't let go, and Cassie must bear the brunt of his emotional scars. Perhaps attempting to salvage the predictable plot, Picoult administers to Cassie's bland character a dose of adrenalin-pumping amnesia. She also throws in a dollop of Native American culture and a noble savage who skirts the periphery of Cassie's tumultuous existence, always ready with sage advice, spiritual healing techniques and warm embraces. Some rather prettily told Indian legends are added to the mix, but the total effect is wide of the mark. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection; film rights to Dove Audio; audio rights to Brilliance.
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1 . Ehh...
Posted December 09, 2010 by Lindsey , CoventryI really love Jodi Picoult, but this story isn't of her usual writing. It was very dull and just when you think something good might happen, it just drags you along more. It was okay, I kinda wish I didn't waste $13 on it lol Guess it depends though.
2 . I could not put it down!
Posted March 28, 2009 by Carolyn , PhoenixAt first I thought it was going to be another good romance book with some drama in it. It didn't take me long to realize this book was going to exceed my expectations. I missed bedtime curfews, skipped chores, and dismissed errands. I could not put it down! By the end of the book I had cried and laughed and cried again. I am a part of their lives and they are a part of mine. That does not happen in a single book very often.
July 01, 2002
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