PEARL MOON by Katherine Stone


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 Over-the-top romance, with every page worthy of a Roy Lichtenstein illustration. Prolific Stone (Happy Endings, 1994, etc.) adopts the chanting cadences of Danielle Steel--lots of connecting ands--and passages that play like a melding of the Ode to Joy and the 1812 Overture (``Outside, the typhoon thundered ever louder, crescendoing with ever more ferocious breaths. But inside, Sam and Maylene heard...the joyous music made by hearts joined together in the splendor of love''). Otherwise the story sounds like a soap opera at an eye bank. Dark-green-eyed Garrett Whitaker, a wealthy Texan, falls for dark-eyed Juliana Kwan during the Vietnam War when he is sent to Hong Kong for R and R. By the time he leaves Hong Kong, Juliana is pregnant with their love child, Maylene (jade-green eyes that ``shimmered with brilliant emerald sparkles''). Maylene becomes an architect and returns to Hong Kong with designs for James Drake's Jade Winds hotel. There, her tormented green eyes meet the dark-blue eyes of builder Sam Coulter, the Texas cowboy who breaks through her icy reserve to the love-starved heart that beats within her perfect Eurasian body. Garrett's American daughter Allison (emerald-green eyes) goes to take photos for Jade Winds, even though a rare allergy means she may die should she ever need a blood transfusion. She falls for panther-eyed James, who's in Hong Kong to find his dead wife's murderer. Then there is tragic, sapphire-eyed Lady Lloyd-Ashton, who looks like a princess but is the victim of spousal abuse. The story's alleged mystery has an obvious villain, and everyone else's trials and tribulations are settled connubially. The bang of romantic cymbals never drowns out the steady hum of predictable clichÇs. (First printing of 100,000)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-449-90829-1
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: Ballantine
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1995


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