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Stella Payne is forty-two, divorced, a high-powered investment analyst, mother of eleven-year-old Quincy - and she does it all. In fact, if she doesn't do it, it doesn't get done, from Little League carpool duty to analyzing portfolios to folding the laundry and bringing home the bacon. She does it all well, too, if her chic house, personal trainer, BMW and her loving son are any indication. So what if there's been no one to share her bed with lately, let alone rock her world? Stella doesn't mind too much; she probably wouldn't have the energy for love - and all of love's nasty fallout - anyway. But when Stella takes a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Jamaica, her world gets rocked to the core not just by the relaxing effects of sun and sea and an island full of attractive men, but by one man in particular. He's tall, lean, soft-spoken, Jamaican, smells of citrus and the ocean - and is half her age. The tropics have cast their spell and Stella soon realizes she has come to a cataclysmic juncture: not only must she confront her hopes and fears about love, she must question all of her expectations, passions, and ideas about life and the way she has lived it.

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emmejo, August 10, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
42 year-old Stella is bored and tired of her job, her house, her friends, her whole life. So when her son goes to visit his father she decides on a whim to go on vacation to Jamaica. She wants to take a break from herself, and life's complications. She wants to dance, swim, tan and flirt without forming an attachment. But things get complicated when she falls for a guy half her age. She struggles with feeling that it is wrong to be with someone young enough to be her son, and desperately tries to fight her emotions off. But will she succeed, particularly when a handsome young man is trying to convince her not to?

I really enjoyed this story. I was a little apprehensive at first because, like Stella, I am not usually comfortable with romances with large differences in age between the two parties. However this is definitely a story about true love, not lust, and both age and discomfort about the age difference are just two more hurdles this couple have to figure out if they can get over. This book is not for those who want elaborate sex scenes and mushy declarations of undying love, both parties in this book are too sensible and the story is grounded in reality, not fantasy.

The only reason the book lost a star was because of the tendency of the author not to use punctuation when Stella was feeling emotional. Although this conveys the "stream of consciousness" feeling well, it made it very difficult to read. Right near the beginning there is a sentence that takes almost an entire page! I can see that scaring away a lot of readers.
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McMillan, Terry
Viking Adult
McMillan, Terry
New York :
Divorced women
Romance - Contemporary
Love stories
Divorced women -- United States -- Fiction.
African-American women
Romance - General
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Trade paper
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from 12
9.37x6.36x1.46 in. 1.46 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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