Taste of honey [electronic resource] / Eileen Goudge.
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- ISBN: 9780792741749 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
- ISBN: 0792741749 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (15hr., 35 min.)) : digital.
- Edition: Unabridged.
- Publisher: [United States] : AudioGO : Made available through hoopla, 2003. [United States] : AudioGO : 2003.
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|Summary, etc.:||Everyone knows that feisty, sensual Gerry Fitzgerald wasn't always so outspoken. As a young novitiate, Gerry became pregnant, fleeing the altar just as she was about to take her vows and never breathing a word about why. Twenty-eight years later the child she gave up for adoption has returned, a grown woman looking for answers. Now Gerry must learn how to defuse the years of guilt, shame, and bitterness that divide her from her daughter. At the same time, Gerry's feelings for her lover, Aubrey, grow more complex and consuming. Suddenly their relationship has begun to crack open both their cautious hearts.|
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Taste of Honey
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Twenty-eight years have elapsed since Gerry Fitzgerald gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. At the time, it was one of the hardest choices she had to make^-right after her decision not to take her final vows to become a nun. The child's father was a parish priest who seduced Gerry during the final weeks of her novitiate. Now a divorced mother of two, Gerry searches for the daughter she gave up, hoping to assuage the years of guilt she's suffered for abandoning her. Miraculously, she does find Claire and tentatively forges a relationship. For her part, Claire is burdened by an identity crisis that goes far beyond coming to terms with the circumstances of her adoption. When she unexpectedly moves to lovely Carson Springs, California, Claire seizes the opportunity to escape an unsatisfying love affair and unyielding adoptive parents. In the second installment of her Carson Springs trilogy (following Stranger in Paradise [BKL Je 1 & 15 01]), Goudge sensitively touches on themes of letting go and holding back, ones that many mothers will recognize. Despite soap-opera-like plot twists, Goudge's novel features beguiling characters, lush locations, and a timely focus on the consequences of a priest's breaking his vows and harming a parishioner. Great summertime beach reading both for readers new to Carson Springs and those eager for more tales of its romantic residents. ^-Carol Haggas
Library Journal Review
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Stranger in Paradise's Samantha Kiley here plays second fiddle to friend Gerry, who finally confronts the child she gave up at birth at the same time she renounced plans to become a nun. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Taste of Honey
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An uncanny prescience must have inspired the plot of Goudge's current novel, which seems ripped from recent headlines. The protagonist is Gerry Fitzgerald, a feisty, divorced woman with an intriguing past who played a supporting role in Stranger in Paradise, set in Carson Springs, Calif. Nearly 30 years ago, Gerry was about to take her vows as a nun, but literally fled the altar, pregnant by her parish priest. Now, divorced with two teenage children and an ongoing liaison with symphony conductor Aubrey Roellinger, Gerry is still involved with the church as a beekeeper at the local convent. A deep-seated sadness and curiosity lead her to search for the daughter she gave up for adoption. She and Claire connect, and their reunion is an emotional one. When Claire decides to confront her father, Goudge gingerly explores the Church's response as exemplified in Father Jim's power to ruin Gerry's life once more. Goudge also tackles the issue of adoption and gives a refreshingly unsentimental take on how an adopted child adjusts to newfound family and vice versa. But her forte is portraying how relationships tick, as she explores the connections made by Gerry, Claire and other couples developed in previous novels. Along the way to a traditional happy ending, Goudge packs in plenty of drama and suspense as she continues to flesh out the much-beloved residents of Carson Springs. (June 10) Forecast: Viking will probably emphasize the timeliness of Goudge's plot; that, plus the familiar Carson Springs setting will no doubt make this another bestseller for Goudge. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved