by Lyn Cote

June 2005
ISBN: 0-446-69434-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Faith
Trade Paperback

Chloe Kimball had beauty, wealth, and tons of friends. The one thing she didn’t have was the love of her parents. Her Mother was a lush and always criticized Chloe. Chloe’s father wasn’t any better; he used Chloe to further his political career. He didn’t care if Chloe was unhappy. As long as she achieved his goals, he was happy.

Chloe meets Theran Black. He is a man she knows her parents will not approve of because he is not a wealthy man. After only knowing him for a week, Chloe elopes with Theran and moves to New York. There she starts realizing how sheltered she has been. When World War I breaks out, Theran enlists, and he is stationed in France. After he leaves, Chloe finds out she is pregnant with his child. What is she to do? She doesn’t really want to go home, but she knows she does not have a choice.

Roarke has been Chloe’s best friend since forever. He is the only one who truly understands her. He just cannot seem to understand her attraction to Theran. But in the end, he helps her elope with him and even is a witness along with his sister Kitty at their wedding. He eventually is drafted. He leaves just when Chloe learns of Theran's death. When Roarke comes back from the war, he has been seriously injured. He tries to push Chloe out of his life. He does not want her pity or compassion. Will he ever be able to tell anyone what actually happened to him while fighting? Will he ever be able to have Chloe in his life as just a friend?

When the crash of 1929 falls on them, both their worlds are turned upside down. Will they discover in time, love cannot be forced nor can it be denied? Will Chloe ever have a close relationship with her daughter Bette? Will Chloe be able to put Theran and their brief marriage behind her and begin a new chapter in her life? To find answers to these questions, you must read The Women of Ivy Manor: Chloe. The next book is about Bette, Chloe’s daughter, who also must face the triumphs, tragedies, pain, and love of her time.

This is a new series by Lyn Cote, a very talented author. She knows how to reel her readers into each book she writes. Don’t miss this wonderful new series. It is well worth the time to read. I recommend this book to everyone.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Pat.

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