by Doreen Rainey

May 2002
ISBN: 1-58314-328-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

After surviving her abusive father and the death of her mother, Christine Davenport has come to believe that a woman can only survive if she depends on herself. Her world is turned upside down when she meets Damian Ware, and falls in love with the handsome builder. Damian Ware has fallen in love with Christine, but he has his own rocky past to overcome. After a disastrous engagement, Damian has developed a distrust of most women; but something about Christine gives Damian hope that he will find love again.

Christine is experiencing her own crisis as she discovers that her father had another daughter with his mistress. Christine is shocked and angered when her fatherís other family challenges her motherís will to gain Christineís inheritance. Unfortunately, for Damian this incident only reinforces Christineís feelings towards men. Even after Damian and Christine get married, Christine can not give Damian the trust he deserves. Can Christine discover the will to trust Damian before their marriage comes to a tragic end?

Doreen Raineyís novel Foundation For Love was a emotionally wrenching read. The plot centers on Christine and her inability to trust men due to her very disturbing past. She must not only come to terms with her fatherís second family but must also learn to understand why her mother stayed with an abusive man. Damian appears to be a very understanding man, almost too understanding; at times it seems he gives into Christine a little too much. Christine is a strong woman, but her fears border upon a phobia. This contributes to the frustration the reader feels with Christine and Damian at times. Christineís mother and father play a large role in the story yet are not clearly defined for the reader. They seem to be one dimensional which detracts from the plot.

Foundation For Love is an emotionally charged romance with a strong female character who must overcome her childhood and her own perceptions of herself in order to find happiness.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Jen.

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