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Baker & Taylor
Having harbored an unrequited love for a man she met in childhood, Cassandra impulsively breaks an engagement to become the now-widowed man's nanny, but realizes that her chance for winning his heart is threatened by dark secrets.

Simon and Schuster

Jude Deveraux brilliantly entwines passion, memory, and a touch of intrigue in this spellbinding New York Times bestseller.

At age twelve, Cassandra Madden fell in love with Jefferson Ames, a young man she met at one of her mother's business conferences. For years, Cassandra held on to this unrequited love in order to cope with her loneliness and the pain of her mother's coldness; even after meeting a man she thought she might marry, her heart still yearned for Jeff.

In a decisive moment, Cassandra calls off her pending engagement and travels to Williamsburg, Virginia, to become the nanny to the now-widowed Jeff's young daughter. But the object of her desire barely notices her. That is, until the day she hears shots coming from the mansion of an eccentric neighbor, a world-renowned actress. Stepping into a world of deception, where no one is who they claim to be, Cassandra must unravel the secrets all around her -- before she and Jeff can ever find happiness together.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books 2009
Edition: 1st Pocket Books pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780743437196
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 18 cm


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Apr 20, 2018

I read it, but it sorta (throughout the whole book) dragged. I expecting Jude's creative writing here, but there just wasn't that 'special something' that I normally have read in her books. I was somewhat disappointed when I got the last page, last paragraph, last word... Kinda left you hanging, the 'couple' really didn't have a 'passion' that I have come to expect from her writing (the author's). It's okay, but not great.

Feb 05, 2014

I agree with sablegirl. I dragged out to long and was disappointed in the book up did finish reading it.

sablegirl Sep 27, 2012

A bit disappointed with this book. It was slow moving and a bit boring. I wanted more of the usual romance from Jude. I don't recommend this book if you're not looking for a mystery book.

Aug 06, 2008

very disappointing - no sizzle between main characters


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