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Book Title: Shadowing Shahna (Silhouette Intimate Moments, #1169)|
The author of the book: Laurey Bright
Edition: Silhouette Intimate Moments
Date of issue: July 25th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780373272396
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New Zealander heroine leaves her commitment-phobe, no-strings-attached Australian millionaire boyfriend of three years when she finds herself in an unplanned pregnancy. She overheard him at a party making some glib comment about being too busy in life for kids and decides he doesn't deserve to even know he might be a father.
She secretly packs up and returns to N.Z. after leaving him a Dear John letter of three lines. Shortly after, she has a miscarriage. Again, she chooses not to contact the ex or any of her friends from Australia.
Instead, depressed, she engages in a short meaningless affair with a married man who reminds him of her ex. She successfully gets pregnant again and decides this time to tell the father, who tells her he is not interested in breaking his marriage over a one night stand, that the baby might not even be his, and to take a hike. She does, moving to a remote NZ island from her childhood.
The Australian ex, who is the hero of the piece, manages to track heroine down after a couple of years. He believes the baby son is his despite the heroine explaining the contrary. He pretends to believe her story and finnagles her into marriage because now, all of a sudden, he is ready for family, commitment and responsibilities.
He has it out with her again, after the wedding, about the paternity of the baby. Heartbroken, horrified heroine convinces him that the baby is the result of a desperate, rebound, ONS with a stranger, and offers to go back to the island since he only married her under the mistaken impression that it was his duty to do right by his child, not because he really loves her or her son.
Before they leave, the baby has a medical emergency. Hero is shaken and grateful that the baby is ok. He declares he loves him like his own son and the paternity makes no difference. He loves the heroine desperately, as he has learned when he missed her and couldn't replace her in his life for the long months that she disappeared from his life.
Incredibly fertile heroine is pregnant again, despite the two of them doing their best to prevent another pregnancy. Either he has super sperm or she has a super womb or both. They are ecstatic and will be a happily ever after, blended family.
I didn't get this one. Plus it was slow and really boring.
Why did the heroine not tell her long-term boyfriend about the pregnancy but tell the one night stand, married guy about his impending bundle of joy. What did the poor guy do to deserve being cut off so ruthlessly from her life?
I felt bad for him. Yes, he was a commitment-phobe but that is not a crime. Both he and heroine agreed to a monogamous, but no-strings-attached, relationship. She never indicated to him that she was unhappy or needed more, so he was completely shocked when she left him abruptly and made sure to leave no trace. How am I supposed to believe she has any real feelings for the guy and won't leave him again if she overhears another comment she doesn't like from him?
What happens when the bio dad decides he wants his parental rights? How could the heroine be so callous as to jump into another guy's bed so fast and then purposely have sex without protection in this day and age, just to get pregnant? I cringed when she explained she had tests done to make sure she didn't pass anything on to her baby after her unprotected ONS. What an idiot!!!
How is the hero ever going to trust this woman who lies and runs away every time there is a crisis, and exercises such poor judgment?
I didn't like this one at all. Not my idea of romance :(
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Read information about the authorDaphne Clair de Jong decided to be a writer when she was eight years old and won her first literary prize for a school essay. Her first short story was published when she was sixteen and she's been writing and publishing ever since. Nowadays she earns her living from writing, something her well-meaning teachers and guidance counsellors warned her she would never achieve in New Zealand. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, and a collection of them was presented in Crossing the Bar, published by David Ling, where they garnered wide praise.
In 1976, Daphne's first full-length romantic novel was published by Mills & Boon as Return to Love. Since then she has produced a steady output of romance set in New Zealand, occasionally Australia or on imaginary Pacific islands. As Laurey Bright she also writes for Silhouette Books. Her romances often appear on American stores' romance best-seller lists and she has been a Rita contest finalist, as well as winning and being placed in several other romance writing contests. Her other writing includes non-fiction, poetry and long historical fiction, She also is an active defender of the ideology of Feminists for Life, and she has written articles about it.
Since then she has won other literary prizes both in her native New Zealand and other countries. These include the prestigious Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award, with Dying Light, a story about Alzheimer's Disease, which was filmed by Robyn Murphy Productions and shown at film festivals in several countries. (Starring Sara McLeod, Sam's wife in Lord of the Rings).
Daphne is often asked to tutor courses in creative writing, and with Robyn Donald she teachs romance writing weekend courses in her home in the "winterless north" of in New Zealand. Daphne lives with her Netherlands-born husband in a farmlet, grazing livestock, growing their own fruit and vegetables and making their large home available to other writers as a centre for writers' workshops and retreats. Their five children, one of them an orphan from Hong Kong, have left home but drift back at irregular intervals. She enjoys cooking special meals but her cake-making is limited to three never-fail recipes. Her children maintain they have no memory of her baking for them except on birthdays, when she would produce, on request, cakes shaped into trains, clowns, fairytale houses and, once, even a windmill, in deference to their Dutch heritage from their father.
Daphne frequently makes and breaks resolutions to indulge in some hearty outdoor activity, and loves to sniff strong black coffee but never drinks it. After a day at her desk she will happily watch re-runs of favourite TV shows. Usually she goes to bed early with a book which may be anything from a paperback romance or suspense novel to history, sociology or literary theory.
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