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It's a plum assignment for photojournalist Joanna James: a ride on the Orient-Express with a stop in Venice for five days at the exclusive Cipriani Hotel -- all expenses paid. Yet all is not well. Joanna is tired and filled with self-doubt. The trip starts out more as an inconvenience than an exciting adventure -- especially when a stop in London renews her friendship with two very different lovers who both want a commitment she is not ready to give. But then she boards the luxurious train and enters its romantic world, where strangers become friends, where confidences are shared, where hearts are broken, and where love is lost...and found.
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Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn Chronicles established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia. Her books published in the U.S. include two in the Little Fur series for young readers ("The Legend Begins "and "A Fox Called Sorrow"), two in the Gateway series for middle readers ("Night Gate "and "Winter Door"), and four in the Obernewtyn Chronicles for young adults. She lives in Apollo Bay, Australia, and Prague, Czech Republic.
Declan Lee works as an illustrator and fine artist and his work is featured in collections in Australia and Germany. He has illustrated a number of book covers and readers for young children. "Magic Night "is illustrated in pastels, his preferred medium.
Joanna James, a photojournalist in her mid-30s, isn't as thrilled as one might expect when she receives a coveted assignment to ride the Orient Express to Venice for a five-day stay in the sumptuous Hotel Cipriani. Putting off a much needed rest, she flies to London to catch the famed luxury train. There she racks up not one, but two affairs with distinctly different men: Henry, a wryly funny Englishman who practically sleeps in three-piece suits, and Tyler, a wilder, creative genius. Although her journey on the Orient Express offers a respite from these swiftly overheating entanglements, Joanna finds it difficult to regain her accustomed, self-protective emotional detachment. As the train chugs sedately through the European countryside, she strikes up warm and intimate friendships with the other passengers. Everyone, it seems, has a deep, painful secret to share, and by the end of her trip, Joanna has begun to come to terms with the sad moments in her own past. Allen (Time/Steps, Illusions), again proves herself a skilled storyteller. Though conveniently dovetailed subplots and occasionally florid dialogue set a firmly commercial tone, her new novel shows a refreshing amount of human ambivalence and endearing missteps taken on the road to love and happiness.
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Book Description Isis, 1999. Audio Cassette. Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 9.02x6.66x2.39 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 075310525X