by Stephanie Gertler

September 2003
ISBN: 0-525-94735-3
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Author Stephanie Gertler's newest book Drifting is an emotional book on many different levels. Drifting is basically the story of Claire Cherney, and the way she is feeling as she evolves from a young girl whose mother abandoned the family, to a wife and mother, to finally an empty nester. While Claire is an accomplished therapist with a thriving practice, she is now at an emotional crossroads in her life.

Claire was raised by her father Jack, because her mother Sulie abandoned her family while Claire was just 2. Jack is a pharmacist who owns his own store, does the best at being both mother and father to Claire that he knows how. Itís while working in the store that Claire meets Eli Bishop. They talk over egg creams, and itís not too long before they marry.

Years pass, and they now own The Drifting Inn. Itís off season and yet they have a guest check in, Nick Pierce and his young daughter Kayla. While he checks in Nick leaves his sleeping daughter in his car, but when he goes to take her to their room she is gone. Itís this most nerve-wracking introduction to Kayla that seems to bind Claire and Kayla in a way that would usually only bound a mother to her child. Is Claire letting her emotions cloud her judgment, and not seeing clearly the things she should be? Eli on the other hand takes a most instant dislike to Nick, and while pleasant to him, Nick can feel the dislike and distrust.

Soon it become obvious that all is not as it should be, and this sets Eli and Claire not only on a quest to right the wrong that has been done, but also for Claire to satisfy the growing need sheís been feeling to find and be able to confront her own mother for her true reasons for leaving a young family.

Drifting is a read that will find you reaching for your tissue box. I donít normally stay up to finish a book, but I did stay up late to finish this one. I found myself totally engrossed in these very real and believable characters. Drifting is not a book full of outward romance, but one can feel the bond of love between Eli and Claire. This was my first read by Ms. Gertler, but itís 100% guaranteed it wonít be my last.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Sandi.

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