Thursday, June 21, 2012

Throwback Thursday: The Passions of Chelsea Kane

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of BooksIt’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.


The Passions of Chelsea Kane
Barbara Delinsky
First published 1992
560 pages

After the death of her adoptive mother, thirty-six-year-old Chelsea Kane is consumed by the need to uncover her biological heritage. Taking a break from her successful architecture career, she arrives in the New Hampshire town where she was born, determined to learn the truth, her only clue a tarnished silver key.

One of her first discoveries, however, is something quite unexpected: the irresistibly attractive Judd Street. Buoyed by love and resolution, the determined Chelsea slowly begins to uncover the dark mystery of her past. But as she inches closer to the truth, she realizes that someone is trying to stop her, first by scaring her, then by trying to harm her. The danger escalates until one terrifying night when all secrets are laid bare.


For my first Throwback Thursday, I thought I'd pick the book that started my love of reading romances: Barbara Delinsky's The Passions of Chelsea Kane. I first read it when I was about 14 or 15. I think I re-read it at least 5-10 times after that. I just LOVED Chelsea and Judd - the chemistry was amazing between them, even when they weren't technically "together", it was still so clear how much they cared for each other. Chelsea was my perfect heroine: smart, strong, independent, but not overly stubborn and didn't let people walk all over her. And Judd was the perfect hero to complement her: handsome, smart, loyal, tough, but not too tough - certain ways he dealt with his dad and Chelsea really tugged at my heart. I also really loved the minor mystery storyline, all the secondary characters and the New England setting. I think it says a lot that 20 years later I can still picture certain scenes in my head - even some of the lines that characters spoke. I think I may just go home, dig out my copy, and reread it again tonight!  5/5 stars. 

Excellent first pick. When I think of what first started my venture into "adult reading" it definitlely was Barbara Delinsky books and this title was a standout. This book had it all, romance, a mystery and very strong memorable characters. After reading this book I remember thinking I had to get more of this author's books. She became a must read author. This is definitley a title that I can read over and over again.It definitley says something about the writing that even after 15 years I can remember the author and title of a book and recommend it to others.   5/5  stars



  1. I've always liked romances with older women. They're so hard to find.

    1. I agree! And what's worse is that 36 is even considered "old" but it definitely is in the romance book world. Most of the time it seems like the character is written as a 30-something year old would be, but then her stated age is like 23. Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. I'll admit, I'm not so much into straight-up romances (although I do like my books to have a little romance in them!), but I love when one book opens the door to a whole genre you didn't know you loved.

    I think the closest I've come to romance novels is the Outlander series, which I love partially because Claire is in her mid-40s in the sequels :-)

    Glad you're participating in Throwback Thursday this week! Here's my Throwback!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and hosting! I was looking to do something where I revisited a book I once loved and when I searched around, I came across your meme and it was exactly what I had in mind! So happy to get to join others with like minds! I'm really excited and already thinking about what I can showcase for upcoming weeks. :)

      I'm a romance junkie. I'm rarely interested in books unless there is some sort of romance in them, but I always try to keep my mind open to new possibilities. I always love to hear what other people's favorites are. I don't know the Outlander series, but I'll have to look into them! Thanks!

    2. BTW - I love the button for Throwback Thursday! Thanks!

  3. I remember reading tons of Barbara's books! This one looks really good :)

    Here's my post: