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Luanne Rice is the author of twenty-five novels, most recently Last Kiss, Light of the Moon, What Matters Most, The Edge of Winter, Sandcastles, Summer of Roses, Summer's Child, Beach Girls, and her soon-to-be-released new hardcover, The Letters, written with Joseph Monninger. She lives in New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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Dianne Robbins is a devoted single mother whose daughter, Julia, was born with spina bifida and Rett syndrome. Unfortunately Dianne's strength and devotion were not mirrored by her husband, Tim, who fled upon hearing the news of their daughter's condition. Fortunately, Tim's brother, Alan, is the local pediatrician. While Dianne struggles to care for Julia, Alan struggles to hide his growing feelings for his brother's former wife. Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of caring for her daughter, Dianne has no time for men, especially those who look like her ex-husband. Drawn together by Julia's worsening condition and their love for her, Dianne and Alan work to overcome their past. Rice (Cloud Nine) has once again created a tender story of a new family unit, where love and loyalty are more important than biology and where learning to trust again opens the door to happiness. Recommended for public libraries.--Kathy Ingels Helmond, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Sufferers are transformed by the transcendent power of love in Rice's (Cloud Nine) uplifting if flawed new family relationship drama. Life has not proved easy for single mom Dianne Robbins, of Gull Point, Conn. Abandoned by her husband, lobsterman Tim McIntosh, just before their daughter Julia was born with spina bifida and Rett syndrome--a debilitating physical condition and an autism-like disorder, respectively--Dianne supports herself and Julia by building children's playhouses. At the age of 11, Julia weighs 29 pounds, and there is no guarantee she will live much longer; yet she has a magical radiance. Despite the difficulties of caring for a severely disabled child, Dianne is never bitter, and her relationship with Julia is hope filled and loving. Dianne had also believed that her strong love would repair Tim's damaged self-esteem and save their marriage. Now she is wary of getting involved with a man again. But Tim's brother, Alan, who also happens to be Julia's pediatrician, has been secretly in love with Dianne for years, and his steadfast devotion may be just what she needs. Meanwhile, Amy Brook, an adorable 12-year-old from a troubled family (and a familiar device in Rice's novels), finds sanctuary in the Robbins household and becomes Julia's best friend; through Amy's example, Dianne finally understands what true love means. The author takes an unaccustomed shortcut when she reveals the plot's conclusion through heretofore silent Julia's thoughts. Had Rice interwoven Julia's reactions throughout the book, the final chapter would not seem a quick device to tie up loose ends. Still, the novel's theme--love's miraculous ability to heal--has the ingredients to warm readers' hearts. Major ad/promo. (Feb.) FYI: Rice's Cloud Nine will be released as a mass market paperback in January. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"A tightly paced story that is hard to put down....[Rice's] message remains a powerful one: the strength of precious family ties can ultimately set things right." --Publishers Weekly

"One of those rare reading experiences that we always hope for....What a joy!" --Library Journal Praise for the novels of Luanne Rice: Cloud Nine "A tightly paced story that is hard to put down...Rice's message remains a powerful one: the strength of precious family ties can ultimately set things right."--Publishers Weekly "Elegant...Rice hooks the reader on the first page."--Hartford Courant "One of those rare reading experiences that we always hope for when cracking the cover of a book...A joy."--Library Journal Home Fires "Exciting, emotional, terrific. What more could you want from a late-summer read?"--The New York Times Book Review "Compelling...poignant...riveting."--Hartford Advocate Blue Moon "A rare combination of realism and romance."--The New York Times Book Review "Brilliant."--Entertainment Weekly "Eloquent...A moving and complete tale of the complicated phenomenon we call family."--People

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