"The heroine's enigmatic thought process makes us want to understand her"
Two decades before in New York, Will Combrey simply
vanished while his teenage fiancee Casey Stowe lovingly
waited for him at the altar. Not long afterward, Casey's
parents die in an accident. Distraught, she marries
Michael Beckett, her next door neighbor. He was her
neighbor since she was born and his parents are delighted
with their marriage plans and her folks would have been
ecstatic as well if they lived. Over the next twenty
years, the duo shares a contented life raising twin girls
and one boy. The girls are at college and the boy will
start in the fall. Casey is also a highly regarded teacher.
Into her Eden returns Will, whose personal life
consists of two divorces and no meaningful relationship
today. He has come back to start over at the point where
he feels he failed, jilting Casey. He wants her to return
with him to his San Francisco home. The temptation is
great as a part of Casey always wondered what would have
been if Will had married her.
THE FOUNTAIN is an engaging contemporary relationship
tale centering on choices. The interesting premise is well
designed, but the problem resides with the key cast because
this tale is not choosing between a devilishly
handsome 'bad boy' and a steady mate. Will is pathetic
instead of the confident cocky lover while Michael has been
near perfect to Casey for years. Throw in their three
teens and readers will not accept Casey's thought
processes. Emily Grayson is a talented writer who
entertains the reader with a well-written story line, but
the characters fail to make the plot appear plausible.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 18, 2001