Sunday, June 12, 2011

Written in Stone by Viviane Brentanos

Dumped five days before her wedding, Cassandra Hall decides not to waste the honeymoon.  She sets off to London. What was supposed to be her dream week turns into a nightmare time of introspect, self-doubt. Then she meets James, literally falling at his feet in an attempt to save his Afghan hound from colliding head on with the traffic.

James is witty, charming, too good-looking and also--not available. Despite this, Cassie is captivated by him. What follows is a week of fun, companionship and a bonding that Cassie has never experienced.

James, sensing Cassie’s unhappiness, goes out of his way to make up for her jerk of a fianc√©’s rejection.  He is drawn to her vulnerability—something he finds disturbing, threatening to shatter all he thought he knew about himself.  Cassie, he senses, is falling in love with him. He ought to back away but cannot. Cassie bravely makes her true feelings known and when he rejects her, he knows he has broken her heart. He is left confused, guilty because....James has a secret.

While our jilted bride is more relieved than upset when the stiff, soul-less man her mother foisted upon her dumps her at the altar, Ms. Brentanos nonetheless fills this book with emotion.  Although she tells herself this is just fun with a friend, Cassie’s romp with James through London turns into much more for her, despite the fact that he is very upfront about his commitment to the absent Alex.  Cassie tries to suppress her growing feelings for him and the jealousy she feels toward Alex, who holds James’ heart, but one cannot control one’s feelings—only how one acts on them.  And Cassie is beyond embarrassed when she tries to act on her feelings but James rebuffs her.

I highly recommend you have tissue nearby when you read this book.  You will want to follow Cassie on her journey of healing, devastation, and well…

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