In one reckless night, Camille Jameson's life was changed forever: a tall, handsome stranger, an evening of romance -- and enough regrets to last a lifetime. Two years later, Camille is a successful interior decorator with the opportunity to restore one of Mississippi's proudest plantations. She arrives excited and eager to face her greatest professional challenge to date -- until Zack Prescott saunters through the mansion's front door and back into her life. He is exactly as she remembers, except for the knowing look in his eyes that reminds her of what they once shared. Now, forced to live in unbearably close quarters, Camille and Zack will discover if they have the courage to face the past -- and, perhaps, build a future together . . .
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Sandra Brown was one of the first authors that made me fall in love with romance novels. She, along with Barbara Delinsky and Nora Roberts, were probably all I read in high school. In fact, I think this book was one of the ones I read then, and after thousands of other books read, I still felt a deep sense of familiarity with the characters. But, there is a world of difference between romance novels in the 80s and 90s and now and parts of Love's Encore really felt dated - Ms. Brown herself even acknowledges that in the forward - it was a little difficult to get past, but then I sort of approached it as if I were reading a historical novel instead of a contemporary one. And in doing so, I focused on the relationship between Camille and Jack instead of the almost impossible-to-believe-in-this-time circumstances, and it made the book so much better. Because, when it comes down to the heart of the matter, Ms. Brown knows how to write books from the heart, and that was as true in 1981 as it is now.
Love's Encore: 3.5/5 stars
Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), and CHILL FACTOR, all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.
Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She served as the president of the Mystery Writers of American in 2012 and was named ITW's Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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