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The View from Alameda Island

Mira: Harlequin. May 2019. 336p. ISBN 9780778369790. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488098727. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarFor 24 years, Lauren Delaney has navigated the minefield of marriage to a cruel, verbally abusive, narcissistic—and quite wealthy—surgeon, but with her younger daughter's graduation from college, she's finally moving out and filing for divorce. She has no illusions and knows it will be hard, but then she meets landscape architect Beau Magellan during a visit to her favorite garden on the secluded grounds of an old Catholic church. She learns that he, too, is in the midst of a divorce, allowing them to bond over shared angst while trying to ignore the flame that flickers between them. Naturally, problems arise as children and others weigh in and difficult, unbalanced exes become involved. Beau and Lauren know their plans will soon go off the rails, but they have no idea how violent and ugly things will get.
VERDICT Brimming with insight, tender sensuality, sympathetic characters, and family anxiety, this story blends painful realities with healing love in a strong, uplifting tale that will lure both women's fiction and romance fans. Carr (The Family Gathering) lives in Henderson, NV. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

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