Special Relationship

Author: Robyn Sisman

Publisher: Plume

Release Date: March 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Annie Hamilton is a successful literary agent with a fantastic husband, Edward, and three amazing children. Annie and Edward met while they both attended Oxford. When her oldest son, Tom, begins his studies at Oxford, he stumbles upon a secret that disrupts the balance of everything. A small photograph falls out of Tom's luggage depicting his mom with a strange man.

During her last year at Oxford in the 1960's, Annie has a fling with a dashing, American scholar, Jordan Hope. Jordan appears to Annie in her time of need. She is rescued from certain arrest at a riot when Jordan steps out of nowhere. He clasps her hand, pulls her away from the riot, and tells her to run for her life. They run through the park and narrowly escape the riot. Annie falls for Jordan's captivating good looks and intriguing personality. Jordan is also smitten with Annie. Their desire for one another is undeniable. Annie and Jordan have a passionate love making session in a punting boat. Sadly, Jordan is leaving the next day.


Annie thinks she has carefully concealed all of her secrets from her wild days at Oxford. Annie and Edwards intimate love making sessions, the riot she attended with her friend Rose, and her affair with Jordan. Sometimes things do not always go as planned. When Annie's son, Tom, calls her from Oxford, asking her questions about his dad, she gets evasive which leads to an argument. Tom realizes his mom is hiding something from him. He decides to track down his parentage himself so he takes off without any explanation to anyone. Who is the man in the picture? Will Annie catch Tom in time to explain what happened before he finds out who the man in the picture is?

Robyn Sisman is one of those rare writers who captures the spirit of a SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP between a man and a woman. Sisman weaves a beautiful tapestry of lost loves in a story filled with intellectual dialogue and artistic characters. I was inspired by the enduring love Annie Hamilton has for Jordan Hope after twenty years. When Annie's son, Tom, accidentally stumbles upon a picture of his mom with a stranger, he takes off to unravel secrets from his mom's past. Sisman precisely details the anger and confusion Tom has about his real parentage. Jordan Hope is the quintessential Clark Gable of the modern era. Jordan aspires to become the next president of the United States. He never expects to see Annie again. This is a clever look at how the best-kept secrets can unexpectedly be revealed. If you are looking for a light, refreshing, love story this one delivers beautifully.


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Michele

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