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At forty-four, Meredith Stratton leads an enviable life, one far removed from the neglectful childhood she experienced. Since immigrating to America at the age of eighteen, she has successfully built a small international chain of exclusive, elegant inns. She has raised her two children largely on her own, and is delighted in her daughter’s upcoming nuptials. The only thing missing is a romance. She has known great love in the past, but has spent the past several years immersed in her children and work, not searching for a soul mate.
Meredith’s life begins to change on a trip abroad. She is acquiring a new inn in Ripon, England, and has the strangest sense that she’s seen the area before. Luc, the architect overseeing the remodel of the inn, has ignited a desire in Meredith that she hasn’t felt for a man in decades. What starts as a business relationship quickly develops into a romance. On the same trip, Meredith becomes plagued by spells of nausea and fatigue. When the spells continue, she seeks the advice of a doctor.
The doctor can find no physical ailment, and believes that the answer lies in long forgotten memories of Meredith’s childhood. Meredith is referred to a psychologist who works to uncover repressed memories, and starts her on a search to discover the past so that she may have a future.
First published in 1996, HER OWN RULES is classic Barbara Taylor Bradford – emotional, poignant, and romantic. Meredith is a wonderful character, very intelligent and sure of herself, yet unaware of what was missing in her life. I enjoyed watching her uncover the pieces of her past and seeing her find love. Fans of Ms. Bradford will enjoy this timeless story of romance and self-discovery just as much today as they did a decade ago.
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