"Fine family drama"
When Samantha Marconi was eighteen she met and fell in
love with upper crust Jeff Hendricks. The couple married
over the objections of their family. He left for London
on business and she became pregnant. He never returned to
her, contacted her or answered her letters except to
provide her with the divorce papers. She gave up the
child for adoption.
Nine years, Jeff visits Sam to ask her to sign new divorce
papers as the ones they signed were never filed by the
government clerk. He is going to remarry. However, when
she goes to see him at his hotel, she sees a miniature
Marconi as he has raised the child she left behind. They
share angry notes and soon realize his deceased mother
orchestrated the split. Sam insists she have time with
Emma or else; Jeff agrees. As Emma plays matchmaker, the
spark between Jeff and Sam reignites, but can they
overcome their history even if they are in love and love
the same third person.
Why Sam gave up her newborn with the loving family she had
seems odd though it apparently has to do with her mom's
death just before the birth. Fans will enjoy this fine
contemporary tale. The Marconi mob is a tough crowd that
any male would think twice of defying. Jeff is a solid
protagonist, Emma is a precocious child (too accepting of
her mom in her life), and his deceased mom was a maestro
manipulator who made Machiavelli look like an amateur.
The interplay between everyone makes for a fine tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 6, 2004