When 34-year-old Chloe Morgan appears on Hank Oliver's doorstep in Cameron, Arizona, she arrives with more than her old white German shepherd, Hannah, and a rambunctious horse in tow. Chloe is pregnant with Hank's child, and she's as tough-talking and vulnerable, skittish and tender as when last we saw her, in Jo-Ann Mapson's acclaimed first novel Hank & Chloe.
Loving Chloe takes up where the earlier novel leaves off. As Chloe and Hank settle somewhat uneasily into domesticity in his grandmother's cabin, a local Navajo legend named Junior Whitebear, an artist whose work has been praised by the eastern commercial establishment, returns home to collect his father's ashes and renew his own spirit after years spent in the art world fast lane. When Junior arrives at the reservation, he doesn't expect to find a son he fathered unwittingly nine years ago with Corinne Johnson; nor is he looking to fall in love with newcomer Chloe Morgan and to deliver her baby girl. Both events change his life forever, not to mention the lives of those around him. A passionate love story, Loving Chloe explores the emotional complexity of a love triangle with sympathy, humor and compassion.
Sexual longing, the bonds of family and nagging questions of identity with far-reaching consequences making Loving Chloe a rich, rewarding work of fiction. Set against the spectacular beauty of the American Southwest, Jo-Ann Mapson's new novel is the page-turning sequel to Hank & Chloe that readers have eagerly been awaiting.
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Jo-Ann Mapson is a writer, horsewoman, dog lover, and poet. She is the author of the novels Hank & Chloe, Blue Rodeo, and Shadow Ranch. She lives in California, where she is at work on her next novel.From AudioFile:
This unusual story of love and betrayal is greatly enhanced by Forbes's presentation. Hank and Chloe live and work with Navajo Indians in Arizona. Forbes's talent shines as she recreates, not only the accents, but also the temperaments of many of the diverse characters. The story involves families and a love triangle that combines plain speaking and great emotion. Since there are some slow spots and shallow characters, the story comes across far more effectively through listening than it would through reading. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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