THE ONE YOU LOVE
by Tina Van Zandt

February 2004
ISBN: 0-7599-3969-1
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The One You Love is about finding oneself. That is exactly what Christine must do after being left at the altar by her fiancť. Oh, she made it to the church, but she was already late from taking an emergency call at the clinic. Then, her stepfather hit a dog in the parking area of the church. Of course she had to help the wounded dog, she's a vet. Only her fiancť didnít see it that way.


Christine can't believe that Brian left her when she said the dog would not wait until after the ceremony. She is hurt by the things he said but she had been trying to change, to spend less time at the clinic and more time with him, but it just didnít work that way. So she made the decision to help Rufus, the dog her stepfather hit, owned by Paul, Brianís cousin.


Paul is angry with Brian and the way he treated his fiancť on their wedding day. But he is also worried about Rufus, especially when Christine made the decision of caring for Rufus before her wedding ceremony. Paul only came to the wedding at his auntís urging, because he has not spoken to Brian in a long time.


It seems like one mishap after another throw Christine and Paul together. Can a friendship that starts out of guilt bloom into something more? Christine is surprised at the feelings she has for Paul, especially since she is traveling all the way to Maine to see if things can be worked out with Brian. Paul, on the other hand knows exactly what is happening between the two of them and sometimes is ruled by his anger over the whole situation.


The One You Love by Tina Van Zandt will leave you with a feeling that all is right in the world of Christine and Paul. This is one book that grabs you from the beginning and keeps you scrolling to find out what happens next. Yes, Christine goes through the grieving process of having someone walk out on her but she also has Paul to talk too on the way to Maine about what is happening with her and what she wants. It almost takes Christine being hit with a brick to realize what she has right before her. I will be on the lookout for more stories by Ms. Van Zandt.


Reviewed in March 2004 by Pam.

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