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Booklist Reviews 2012 May #2
Caroline Evans had been living the good life in Singapore with her handsome and wealthy husband, James, and teenage daughter, Issy, but when faced with James' cheating ways, she retreats home to England with a surly Issy in tow. She struggles to make ends meet until the day she walks into the Star & Plough and earns the sympathy and friendship of the pub's owner, Maggie Gonzalez. Gradually Caroline begins piecing her life back together, which includes having a romance with a local carpenter, the much younger Jim, who turns out to be of the manor born. Just as she's approaching happiness, word comes that James has committed suicide or been murdered--something to do with a Ponzi scheme--and fathered an illegitimate child. Where Old Caroline may have crumpled under these revelations, New Caroline handles them with grace and forgiveness. Though best-selling Adler (From Barcelona with Love, 2011) is known for featuring picturesque locales in her novels, this current work, largely set in the English countryside, has an earthier feel, and it's less about escaping, and more about finding home. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 June #2
Another over-the-top romantic suspense novel from the author of It All Began In Monte Carlo (2010, etc.). Following the collapse of her 16-year marriage to wealthy businessman James Evans, divorcee Caroline Evans and her sullen teenage daughter travel the English countryside searching for a new home. Having lived a life of leisure in Singapore, but now low on funds and quite determined to carve out a new life, Caroline buys an old ramshackle place that was once a bar and grill. Caroline, a trained chef, finds rooms and employment at a local establishment while renovation work is done on her place, and she and the proprietors become fast friends. As work on her property progresses, the complications and stereotypical characters begin to pile up while the beautiful Caroline collects suitors. A rain-soaked James appears on her doorstep and then quickly disappears as Caroline's attraction to a younger man heats up. James' business partner, who has loved her for years, invests in her business, and a gruff yet protective Russian artisan pursues her. James--Caroline was his third wife--wasn't exactly faithful during his marriage to her. In addition to his liaison with a younger woman named Melanie, James also has a relationship with a Chinese businesswoman, Gayle Lee Chen, who has steered him into the seamy underbelly of Singapore's criminal life. Issy, too, is struggling with typical teenage problems, but, luckily, Caroline's hip, wise and extremely understanding parents step in to provide guidance. Adler, a veteran writer, pens beautifully descriptive phrases depicting the setting and the physical details of the book's many characters, but one important element of the story falls short: an improbable plot that's padded with references to money laundering, Ponzi schemes, Chinese mobsters and suspicious deaths, among the mawkish lessons about love and forgiveness. Adler, much like an inexperienced cook, has thrown everything she finds into the pot. Instead of creating a reasonably tasty dish, she's dished up some unpalatable mush. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 April #2

Bestseller Adler (From Barcelona with Love) smoothly blends suspense and romance in this tale of betrayal and murder. Caroline Evans, in the wake of her divorce from her unfaithful, duplicitous husband, James, has left Singapore and settled with her 15-year-old daughter, Issy, in the Cotswolds village of Upper Amberley, where she soon gains the sympathy of the locals. While coping with the teenage angst of Issy, who enrolls at a nearby prep school, Caroline finds satisfaction working as a chef in a small Upper Amberley restaurant. She even considers getting involved with a younger man, until James suddenly appears in the village. James's subsequent disappearance and a murder in Singapore pose a threat to Caroline's newfound stability. Adler's admirable heroine's ability to remake her life and rebuild her relationship with her daughter will resonate with many readers. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (June)

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