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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Circle of Love by Linda Swift

Circle of Love by Linda Swift
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (220 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Joanna returns to a small Missouri town for her high school reunion and comes face to face with Pete, the love of her life. A college professor in Tennessee, she has never married and Pete, a prosperous farmer, is now a widower with five children. Their attraction is as strong as it was on graduation night when Pete was leaving for boot camp. He never knew that Joanna had his child and gave her up for adoption. And Joanna doesn't know that her baby girl, Beth, is now married and has begun a search for her birth parents. Will Beth find what she is looking for? And will Pete and Joanna, despite their diverse lives, rediscover a love that has come full circle?

Choices made in teenage years often influence decisions made in the ensuing years—a fact that Dr. Joanna Flemming and Pete Damron learned the hard way.

After more than thirty years, Joanna returns to the hometown of her youth for a high school reunion and come face to face with her first, her only love, causing a resurgence of painful secrets. A successful college professor, she never married but nurtures her students with sincere care. Reconnecting with high school friends, all of them with children and some with grand children magnifies her heartbreak that she lives with daily.

Pet Damron, Joanna’s one-and-only love, now a widower with five children and some grandchildren, is a successful farmer and stanch member of the community. Seeing Joanna after so many years fans the flame of love for her that lay buried deep in his heart for all these years.

Linda Swift weaves a story so true to life one almost feels Circle of Love is a collection of journals kept over the years. This is a gentle love story that encompasses the enduring love of Joanne and Pete, but also shows the precious love of family from tiny baby to grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease who for years made afghans and gave them away as an act of love. One of the most endearing of the secondary characters is Robin, Pete’s grandchild and a catalyst in the story.

The secondary characters, skillfully woven into the story, accentuate the love that truly does come full circle. While Circle of Love has no adrenaline-pumping events, it does offer some tense moments that keeps the reader turning pages.

The ways things turn out seem SO RIGHT for each of the characters.