by Charlotte Vale Allen

April 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2036-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Trade Paperback

Sudden Moves, picks up a few years after where the author's previous book Fresh Air ended. Lucinda Hunter finds herself venturing out more and more often after her almost thirty year isolation in her own home. Who would have guessed that one wave from Katanya Taylor on that summer day a few years earlier would open up a whole new world for Lucinda.

Lucinda doesnít want to waste a moment of her new found life and is spending as much of it as she can with her elderly grandmother, her now school age neighbor Jason, who she baby-sits after school each day and of course, now teenage Katanya and her family. She even has the old barn on her property restored in order to have fancy guest quarters for all her visiting friends. It is more than she could ever possibly have imagined all those years ago, as she stayed hidden from the world. However someone has something even more special in mind when into her life arrives her grandmotherís handsome doctor Eli Carter.

Where Fresh Air was completely a womenís fiction book, Eli allows Allenís new book to also become a sweet and tender romance as well. He is the type of man who is patient enough to make no sudden moves into Lucindaís still fragile life, allowing her time to adjust to him and the idea of sharing her life with someone.

However, just when we think that all is tied up into a nice new neat package for the well deserving Lucinda her world and everyone elseís is shaken by the blast that hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Will the shock of this catastrophe and the worry over the lives of her dearest friends force her to run back into the safety of isolation or will she be able to stand up and help those around her as they deal with their own obstacles?

When I first started reading Sudden Moves, I was not overly excited because I truly felt that Allen had told all of Lucindaís story that needed to be told and had tied it up nicely when she finished Fresh Air however, I was in for a nice treat. This book allowed us to watch Lucinda grow stronger and happier as she gets the chance to be part of a family that she never knew as well as take her chances with a possible relationship. It was an even better ending to a well-told story.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Shelby.

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