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Avg. Rating: 4.28
For some reason I have avoided Ms Coulter's earlier contemporaries. I am pretty sure it has something to do with my not being a fan of her earlier historicals, but I am an avid fan of her newer FBI series. However, BEYOND EDEN surprised me by being classic Coulter. A very entertaining, poignant, and humorous read. There is a very graphic rape scene, but it sets up the book and is quite necessary for the plot. You heal along with the heroine as she finds a life where she finally fits in and someone who wants her just as she is. Taylor, the hero, is just that. A perfect foil for Lyndsay and a prime example of one of Coulter's better heroes.
The mystery is a very good one that kept me guessing the whole time. A regular whodunnit. I highly recommend this book to Coulter fans, old and new. It will not disappoint.
When I opened up "Beyond Eden" to begin reading I was expecting a romantic suspense/thriller as it had been categorized. It was heavier on the romance and not so much the suspense, but I think even those expecting a lot of suspense couldn't be disappointed in this book (although I see there have been a few negative reviews surprisingly). It was absolutely wonderful in my opinion.
The format is just slightly different in that it begins in the present day but then goes back in time to when Lindsay Foxe was about 16 and then a couple years later when she was 18, the time where she was brutally raped by an Italian prince who just happened to be her half-sister's husband. This is a graphic scene but necessary for the overall story. We also learn about Taylor, the hero, and how he ties in to the story even then in these background chapters. The story continues through the years until again we reach present time (althought not until 300+ pages into the book [paperback edition]) where the story had originally begun.
Without giving away any spoilers, I will just say that is an incredibly touching and poignant journey of a woman as she tries to come to grips with her past and the brutality at the hands of someone she thought she admired and could trust, and on top of everything, being told she was the one at fault. Through this journey she finds strength to stand up to the family that has tried to keep her down and finds love with Taylor, a man originally hired to protect her and a man she eventually comes to trust and love and know wouldn't hurt her for anything. When they finally make love, it was very passionate and beautiful. These two characters were meant to be together and it's hard not to fall in love with them. This is definitely a story I will read again.
This book came highly recommended by a friend of mine who works at the used bookstore where I frequently go to get books. This book was an excellent read. It was full of romance and suspense.I finished it in 2 days.I just couldn't put it down. I was reading it even at work. This is a must read. I will probably read it again. Pam
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