Third in the Gold Bangles
Awe-Struck E-Books, July 2004
Reviewed by Joy Calderwood
Marian carries a crackling vivacity that turns menís heads wherever she goes. Blonde and blue-eyed, for the moment, Marian attracts all eyes at the marina where she goes for a job interview. All eyes except the eyes of the man she wants, that is. Rolph, her prospective boss, refuses to see her as anything but the fly-away flibbertigibbet she was when they were children growing up together.
Marianís constantly changing beauty is no attraction for Rolph, who would never have set up a job interview with her if he had known who she was. He doesnít want a woman who changes her hair color, her job, her home, her country, every few months. He wants a woman who will make a home and family with him forever. He wants a woman who can be serious about life, and especially about him. So far as Rolph knows, Marian has never stayed with anything.
This new Marian is a dreadful discovery for Rolph. She learns his boat brokerage business so well she is soon contributing nearly as much to its success as he does. She is staying in town permanently, because of her motherís health. She looks so much like him that people mistake them for brother and sister. That last bit of harmony between them is the worst of all, because his attraction is anything but brotherly. Not only did Rolph grow up feeling responsible for taking care of Marian, but her butterfly nature will surely lead her to run off and break his heart if he lets her.
The handling of this standard plot Ė boy sees girl as his sister: how to overcome this? Ė is so sunny and down-to-earth that it just comes naturally to identify with the situation, especially with Marian. At about the one-third point, I was asking myself if SHARING SUNRISE could possibly stay this good all the way through. Of course, in a novel, romance canít be fulfilled without running into some serious snags, but for the most part the misunderstandings stay believable, and Marian stays just as likable. It also helps when we become aware of exactly why Rolph is so afraid to believe his lady could settle down and be happy with him.
SHARING SUNRISE is a vivid finale for the Golden Bangles Trilogy. I havenít read either of the other books, but the story of Marian and Rolph works perfectly well as a stand-alone. Readers of DREAM MAN, first of the trilogy, will enjoy seeing that romance fulfilled, with Rolphís brother Max and his wife Jeannie leading happy and busy lives, ready to help Marian and Rolph when needed.
There are some sexually heated scenes on a romantic boat trip, but author Judy Gill usually keeps her language inexplicit. In spite of the mesmerizing sexual attraction between Marian and Rolph, sex is not the main issue. Like any good chick lit, SHARING SUNRISE has things to say about issues relevant to todayís young women. In this case, the issues are overcoming preconceptions and proving oneself worthy of trust.
July 2004 Review
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