Off Course

8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Tantor Media. 2014. ISBN 9781494501355. $83.99; 8 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F
Cressida Hartley is supposed to be finishing her dissertation. She has retreated to her parents' vacation home in the Sierra Mountains to write undisturbed. Her heart isn't in it though. Instead, she becomes involved in the small community and falls in love with a married man. Their codependent and fairly public relationship holds no promise for the future, until Quinn leaves his wife. Then Cressida finds herself almost universally despised. The local church group even tries to pray her out of town. Huneven's characters are sympathetic, exasperating, quirky, and very human. She captures the cyclic, addictive, and compelling nature of obsessive love, small-town life, and heartbreak.
VERDICT Well read by Amy Rubinate, this work is recommended to women's fiction fans.
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