Reviewer: Janet Davies
Title: Foolish Notions
Author: Aris Whittier
Publisher: Five Star
ISBN: 1-59414-584-9 & 978-1-59414-484-1
Release Date: April 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Aris's Website: ariswhittier.blogspot.com
James Taylor's mother, Marie, has cancer. She is due to undergo aggressive chemo treatment. They know she will have a rough time of it and they need to hire a live in nurse to look after her whilst she is undergoing treatment. Both James and Marie have definite opinions when it comes to whom that nurse should be. Marie wants Samantha - and Samantha, his old flame, is the last person James wants to see.
One year ago Samantha walked out on her relationship with James. She had had no intention of playing second fiddle to the other woman she knew James was seeing behind her back. She loves Marie but she has no intention of being a part of James' life again. But guilt and compassion are heavy burdens and Samantha agrees to care for Marie as she undergoes treatment. There is no reason why she canít be a professional, is there?
But loneliness and hunger are hard feelings to ignore. Both James and Samantha realize that the love between them has not died. But can they have more? Samantha does not want to be a challenge to James. And what of the woman she saw him with a year ago? What chance does Samantha even have of a place in his life? However as far as James is concerned, the only woman he has ever wanted is Samantha. He knows he can make her give in and admit that she needs him back in her life.
I think Foolish Notions will appeal to anyone who has ever broken up with someone and wished they hadn't and that's probably a lot of us. This story is about misunderstandings that lead to loneliness and the growing realization that the one person you thought you never wanted to see again is the only person you really want. Samantha is like that. As a character I found her completely easy to relate to. As for James, he is a paradox. He is both the strong, hard headed business man but also a man struggling over his own helplessness over his mother's illness. †
Foolish Notions is about loneliness and hope, misunderstanding and realization and about two people who are just meant to be together despite pride and misconceptions. It is sweet romance with an edge of sexual tension. Of course the two lovers reunite. But thatís what you want to see in a romance. It is an enjoyable book to escape into for a couple of hours.
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