When Venus Fell

When Venus Fell

Book - 1999
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The ties that bind us--to our families, to our pasts--are the heart of this deeply engrossing love story. Venus Arinelli saw her future as a concert pianist shattered when her father's life ended in disgrace. Now Venus plays in cocktail lounges, sporting her survival skills like a suit of armor. When a stranger emerges from her parents; long-ago past with an offer too good to refuse, Vensus's suspicions flare up. But Gib Cameron has a special mission. He represents the Camerons of Tennessee--a family as rooted in American history and Southern soil as Vensus's is notorious and fly-by-night. Yet the Camerons, survivors of tragedy, need Venus for reasons that have to do with honor and loyalty and an almost mystical bond to their shared past. And Gib, as hard-eyed a skeptic as Venus herself, has to persuade her to come to their mountain home.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [1999]
Edition: Bantam mass market ed
ISBN: 9780553562798
0553562797
Branch Call Number: SMITH D
Characteristics: 453 pages ; 18 cm

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Fremocentrist
Jan 27, 2012

I do enjoy Smith's novels, and I'm glad the SPL system carries them for they are pure delight. This one I'd read before, and may have been the first I read by her, and while I'd remembered some of the circumstances of the plot - I didn't remember the story. Reading it again, it is not my favorite Smith novel but it is everything I have come to expect from her - interesting characters, intriguing situations, and an ultimately up-lifting story. I particularly like the communities she makes - not necessarily of families but of people throwing in together to survive and become better than they would be separately.

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