Bestselling Irish author Ahern (There's No Place Like Here, 2008,
etc.) is at it again with a tale of deja vu via blood
transfusions.The novel opens with Joyce lying at the bottom of her
stairs and bleeding, barely conscious but knowing the worst - this
fall has cost her her pregnancy. When she wakes in the hospital her
dear old dad is there, though husband Conor is away on business and
his less-than-prompt return bodes ill for the relationship - in
fact, Joyce dispatches with her loveless marriage soon after
returning to her childhood home. Loss of her baby (devastating as
she's been trying for years) and imminent divorce (less devastating
as Conor, away most of the year on business, will hardly be missed)
is not the only upheaval in Joyce's life. She's just not quite the
same person - she now eats meat, speaks fluent Italian, has a vast
knowledge of European art and architecture and, creepiest of all,
has someone else's memories. Little does she know that a month
prior, dashing American Justin Hitchcock (you guessed it - visiting
lecturer at Trinity College on European art and architecture)
donated a pint of his blood, which she received at the emergency
room. Over time, the two bump into each other at a hair salon; he
sees her on television; he sees her riding a tour bus in London;
she sees him at the ballet. At each sighting and ensuing missed
opportunity, they feel an inexplicable connection, a kind of love
at first sight. Though the reader is certainly expected to root for
their romance, the essential relationship of the novel is between
Joyce and her aged father. Not only are the two together for most
of the novel, their relationship is tender and funny and far more
authentic than the rather odd premise of Joyce and Justin's
destiny.Ahern's nice comic timing and affectionate portrayal of a
father and daughter saves this from becoming just another (slightly
weird) chick-lit romance. (Kirkus Reviews)
How is it possible to know someone you've never met?
With her marriage already in pieces, Joyce Conway nearly lost
everything else. But she survived the terrible accident that left
her hospitalized--and now, inexplicably, she can remember faces she
has never seen, cobblestone Parisian streets she's never visited. A
sudden, overwhelming sense of dEjA vu has Joyce feeling as if her
life is not her own.
Justin Hitchcock's decision to donate blood was the first thing
to come straight from his heart in a long time. He chased his
ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London--and now, restless and
lonely, he lectures to bored college students in Dublin. But
everything is about to change with the arrival of a basket of
muffins with a thank-you note enclosed--the first in a series of
anonymous presents that will launch Justin into the heart of a
mystery . . . and alter two lives forever.
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