by Inglath Cooper

December 2003
ISBN: 0-373-71174-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #1174
Mass Market Paperback

There comes a time in every man's life when he has to decide if settling down is worth giving up his freedom for. For some women, they have to learn how to trust again after being betrayed by someone who has promised to love them forever. Annie McCabe and Jack Corbin are about to come face-to-face with each other. Those questions will have to be asked and answered before love will be given a chance to bloom.

Annie is mayor of Macon's Point. She has taken over for her ex-husband. J.D. has decided that a younger girlfriend and the bright lights of L.A. suit him more than the domestic bliss that Annie can provide. Annie takes her jobs seriously. She might be the mayor, but she's also the mother of a seven-year-old boy. In the time since her divorce, she's managed to build her confidence. Still, she knows that no man could want someone like her. Annie likes her life and only in the dark of night will she admit that she misses having someone to hold her.

Jack Corbin is back in Macon's Point to sell Corbin Manufacturing. The plant has been steadily losing money since his father turned it over to his stepmother. She was dead and he decides that the time to cut all his ties with the town has come. He has never gotten over how quickly his father turned to his stepmother after his mother's death. That betrayal makes Jack believe that true love doesn't exist. That no one can love each other forever. So, he decides that freedom is better than love and commitment, until he meets Annie. In her passionate pleas for the plant, Jack sees a woman who believes in goodness and doing the right thing. He sees an honesty in her that he has dreamed of.

A Woman Like Annie is a wonderful story of growth. It teaches about learning to love yourself. Also, it shows that we all have a place in the world. Whether it's in the bright lights of L.A. or the quiet little town of Macon's Point, there are places for people who love. The characters are well developed and believable. Their maturity and healing of pain is written with an honest voice and deft touch. The secondary characters, especially Annie's sister, Clarice, are expanded with depth that makes them a necessary part of the story without taking it over.

Pull up a chair. Take a trip to Macon's Point. I know you will enjoy spending time with Annie, Jack and the townsfolk. I know I did.

Reviewed in December 2003 by Jenni.

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