The Deed
By Chrissy Dionne
Dec 29, 2007 - 12:55:00 PM

Natalie Franklin is still hurting from the breakup with her boyfriend of five years. Returning to her parents beach house seems like the perfect place to lick her wounds and come to grips with the fact that her ex-boyfriend, Paul is gay. Discovering that Drew is also staying at the beach house for the holidays shatters any illusion Natalie has of having time to herself.

Drew Richards is about to go through his first Christmas since his parents’ deaths in an airplane crash. He’s returned to the beach house in an attempt to feel closer to his parents.


What could have turned out to be a very depressing holiday for Drew suddenly has potential when Natalie arrives. She’s been the subject of many of Drew’s fantasies over the years. Since Natalie’s family is all on a skiing trip for the holidays, spending time with them is out. Visiting the beach house is the next best thing. Besides, it will give her the opportunity to get away and get over the devastating blow of the break up with Paul. Natalie has avoided Drew over the past several years. She’d seen him at his parents’ funeral but even then didn’t talk to him. Now, Natalie finds him staying at the beach house for the holidays. Like her, he's trying to find some solace in a place that has always been a place of joy. They find comfort in each other, until Drew lets her know that he regrets turning down her request for a kiss twelve years ago, and he desperately wants that kiss now. With her heart already badly mangled by Paul, Natalie refuses to risk any more emotional damage. Fate is conspiring against her. There's a huge puddle in the middle of her bed, she has insomnia, and the overriding desire for Drew. Giving into their fantasies and desires could quite possibly see them both through the holidays and even beyond then.


Christy Gissendaner captures the emotions of finding love with a friend perfectly. Drew and Natalie shared many of the same fantasies about each other but their parents’ friendships kept them from acting on any of those teenage desires. Years later, both reeling from tragedy, they bring comfort and solace to each other. There are some wonderful scenes where both Natalie and Drew resort to childish tactics to obtain their goals. THE DEED is a book that will have you alternately smiling, crying, and sighing. This is definitely a book I’d recommend.

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