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Drifting
By Stephanie Gertler
Review by: Elaine Bienvenu

  1/1/04

ISBN: 0525947353

This is the story of Claire Cherney, a woman drifting through life after her daughter Natalie has left for college. Claire is a social worker, her husband Eli, a veterinarian, and together they run an inn with eight guest rooms overlooking the Ocean in Drifting, Connecticut.

Claire is feeling the pain of empty nest syndrome, and the loss is rekindling unresolved feelings of her past.She had been raised by her father since her mother Sulie deserted them when Claire was two years old. When Nicholas Pierce and his blind daughter Kayla check in the inn, Claire is immediately drawn to Kayla, while Eli believes something is very wrong between the two. When Nick disappears with Kayla, the race to find them before disaster strikes is terrifying in its implications.

As the mystery surrounding the motherless Kayla is played out, Claire must examine her own life, and her emotions over her mother's abandonment.  The introduction of Nick and Kayla as a trigger for Claire's quest is a fabulous device, demonstrating the author's study of criminal psychology.Kayla's conflict allows Claire to confront her fears, both real and imagined, and find the courage to search for her long missing mother.

Claire's story is one of loss, love, and hope, and a combination of two themes: that the most powerful love exists between




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