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After the death of her beloved Aunt Ellie, Margaret Yearwood discovers a hidden bundle of love letters addressed to her aunt. At least Margaret and her sister Norah thought she was their aunt. The letters, however, reveal a shocking secret: that Ellie, a footloose woman with an insatiable wanderlust, was actually their biological mother--and the parents who raised them were their aunt and uncle. But who was their father? The love letters are signed "Love, Fred Astaire," and the only return addresses are hotels and postmarks from all over the world.
Margaret takes it in stride--she is finally marrying her longtime love, Owen Garrett, and heading off on a romantic honeymoon in Australia, leaving Norah in charge of the house, the animals, and the garden. Norah, just coming out of a love affair with a married man that cost her a job and her reputation, is desperately lonely and brimming with jealousy over her sister's happiness. So she turns her focus to another relationship--the one between her newly discovered mother and mysterious father. Full of secrets and romance and intrigue, Love, Fred Astaire is a story about sisters, about what makes us who we are.
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If you haven't discovered Jo-Ann Mapson yet, you're in for the finest of treats--her books will move you from out-loud laughter to bittersweet tears (Jodi Picoult)
Jo-Ann Mapson specializes in life's lost-and-found, stories of broken hearts, broken people, broken families--but never without the hope of being made whole. Owen's Daughter may be her best work so far, for it's about a grown child who has gone wrong, and done wrong, very wrong, but who learns that in order to be forgiven, she has to forgive. Again, Jo-Ann Mapson proves that she is the heart of the West. (Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN)
I love Jo-Ann Mapson's voice. She speaks with a plain beautiful truth and tells a story that breaks your heart with its simplicity of expression and complexity of feeling. Owen's Daughter may be her very best novel yet, a pleasure from first page to last. (Mark Childress, bestselling author of GEORGIA BOTTOMS and CRAZY IN ALABAMA)
I love the way Jo-Ann Mapson writes about family--how the roots we put down are the ones that ultimately hold us together. Actually, let me correct myself: I just love the way Jo-Ann Mapson writes, period. (Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of LEAVING TIME)
Mapson performs certain kinds of literary acrobatics with this stand-alone novel . . . The intersection of lives and families is revelatory and a catalyst for hope and healing. Longtime fans of Mapson will be delighted to see their favorite characters meet; readers of Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve would be well rewarded. Mapson does an incredible job of bringing together beloved characters from past novels without leaving newcomers in the cold. (Library Journal on OWEN'S DAUGHTER)
A cache of love letters reveals secrets that force two sisters to question everything about their past in this page-turning new novel by the author of Solomon's Oak and Finding Casey.
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