"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


          They say "the art is in the details." Okay, I said it. They would never admit to stating such an inane generalization.
          Anyway, with A Family Forever, Brenda Coulter reveals visual details that open Shelby Franklin's newly upset world to the reader. Subtle-though-vivid images carry her or him--real men can love romance too--gently through the eye gate into Dublin, Ohio, where "good girl" and violin teacher Shelby Franklin has made a mistake. Presuming on her imminent wedding vows in a moment of passion, she had said "yes" to David Sharpe when her faith and her rearing had told her to say "no." But before they could be wed, David had died in a tragic accident.
          So Tucker, David's adoptive brother, rides to the rescue, offering Shelby marriage in place of social stigma, support in place of single-parent poverty. All that, even though Shelby doesn't love him, and she's sure he doesn't even like her.
          Coulter's picturesque writing style manages to draw even this middle-aged guy into a young woman's life. Amazing, since I normally don't even like romances.

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