Coffee Time Romance & More




Sequel to I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
ISBN# (10) 0312681623/(13) 9780312681623
June 2012
St. Martin's Press
352 pages
Mainstream women's fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

Dr. Cade Mathis, whose childhood background is a cold hard memory, is a neurosurgeon in a fine Dallas, Texas, hospital. As a taskmaster with seemingly little compassion but great dedication to his skills, he antagonizes patients and staff until the patient coordinator, Sabrina Thomas, sees beyond the hard exterior and begins to crack his resolve.

Sabrina had been physically flawed by an abusive, drug addicted mother who scalded her leaving her with third-degree burns on her arm and side. At age seven, she is adopted into a loving home and becomes emotionally healed. Cade doesn’t see her flaws, only her great capacity to love.

Her best friend, Kara Simmons, the hospital social worker with a tremendous art talent, suffers low self-esteem because of her verbally abusive mother. Tristan Landers, an art expert, discovers Kara’s art talent. While gaining her trust, he features her work on his blog and in a spec house his mother, Vera, a world renowned interior designer, is displaying. Tristan is in love with art and all things beautiful--including the artist. Kara has an unloving greedy mother who treats her like a servant and stands in the way of her success. Tristan wants her to free herself, but it takes a final act of betrayal to get the job done.

This is a plot and character-loaded book, very hard to follow as it develops, and the author juxtaposes the two main women characters with constant venue and point of view shifts. Despite their romances, the theme is really about the effects of childhood abuse. The hasty, happily ever after ending is beyond psychological credibility. By not addressing the abuse issue in a less idealistic manner, a reader looking for more than a happy ending might not be able to suspend disbelief. Everything could eventually resolve over time, but this plotter makes it way too fast and convenient. Interlacing the family scandals, soap opera style, is inconsistent with human nature.

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