RELATIVE SINS by Cynthia Victor


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 Victor's hardcover debut--a contemporary romance that probes the powerful bonds between mother and daughter, despite a fate that seems to have forced them forever apart. A childhood bout with polio leaves Kailey Davids with a slight limp and a permanent sense of being different, so that despite her good looks and adoring parents, she remains a loner. Then she meets the handsome, smooth-talking Cameron Hawkes. Kailey is too naive to realize that Cameron is after the business and social connections he thinks her affluent parents can provide; but soon after their marriage, his indifference to her and their infant daughter are revealed. Far worse, though, is Kailey's discovery that his unscrupulous business practices are responsible for a child's death. When she tries to leave him, she's followed by two of his henchmen, who have instructions to kill her. But though her car is pushed over the edge of a cliff, a young au pair, and not Kailey, is the one to die. And unbeknownst to anyone, their little daughter is also a survivor, first left in an orphanage and then raised in foster homes. For the next 25 years, Kailey inwardly mourns the death of her child. And for the next 25 years, that child--now called Susannah Holland--grows into a woman who never stops longing to find her real parents. When the two meet (Susannah is now a photographer assigned to take pictures of the Cambodian refugees whose cause Kailey devotes herself to), they are drawn to each other instantly, though neither has an idea of their real relationship. It's Cameron who'll put together the pieces of the puzzle; when he does, he flies to Thailand immediately.... Well-paced and readable for devotees of the genre.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-670-83884-5
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1992


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