The Resource When Venus fell. | When Venus fell, Deborah Smith, (overdrive ebook)

When Venus fell. | When Venus fell, Deborah Smith, (overdrive ebook)

When Venus fell
When Venus fell
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Deborah Smith
The ties that bind us--to our families, to our pasts--are the heart of this deeply engrossing love story. Venus Arinelli saw her future as a concert pianist shattered when her father's life ended in disgrace. Now Venus plays in cocktail lounges, sporting her survival skills like a suit of armor. When a stranger emerges from her parents; long-ago past with an offer too good to refuse, Vensus's suspicions flare up. But Gib Cameron has a special mission. He represents the Camerons of Tennessee--a family as rooted in American history and Southern soil as Vensus's is notorious and fly-by-night. Yet the Camerons, survivors of tragedy, need Venus for reasons that have to do with honor and loyalty and an almost mystical bond to their shared past. And Gib, as hard-eyed a skeptic as Venus herself, has to persuade her to come to their mountain home
When Venus fell
A stranger from her family's distant past confronts Venus Arinelli in a smoky Chicago bar, holding out the promise of restoring her broken dreams of becoming a great musician, of reclaiming her family's possessions, and of love
  • When her father, a talented musician and outspoken antigovernment activist, was implicated in the murder of a judge, was imprisoned, and then died in jail, renowned classical pianist Venus Arinelli renounced her promising future to shield her emotionally immature younger sister (her only remaining family) from the crooked government agents that vowed revenge for her father's actions. After years of running from one obscure nightclub to another, Venus is tracked down by yet another government agent, only this time the agent is Gib Cameron, who as a young boy knew Venus' family and even named her (before she was born) after the star. Summoned by the Cameron family matriarch to the inn where Venus' parents were wed, Venus must decide whether to remain distant or open herself up to love and possible heartache as an honorary member of the eccentric Cameron clan. Only slightly marred by a predictable conclusion, When Venus Fell is an enchanting story filled with outlandish characters and unusual plot twists, all set on a beautifully depicted Tennessee mountain. With extensive marketing planned, expect many requests. ((Reviewed May 15, 1998)) -- Toni Hyde
  • Rendezvous Review: Venus Arinelli and her sister Ella had an enriched childhood but a hard life after their father died. He had been charged with a federal crime and committed suicide a week later while in jail. No one should have experienced what Venus and her sister had after that. But they survived and Venus became strong and took care of her sister while doing her best to make a life for them. Venus was named by a five year old boy named Gib who knew her mother and father. She had only one picture of him from her parents wedding day and cherished it. At 29, she meets him for the first time. Much has changed -- much more is about to. Deborah Smith has done it again. Here is a fabulous story that will touch your very soul. It beckons you at every turn of the page. The characters are realistic, sentimental, and remarkable. A very powerful novel destined to be a classic. You'll love it! Linda Mueller
  • Louisiana bohemian Venus Arinelli and Tennessee aristocrat Gib Cameron, the protagonists of this well-meaning but strained romance, come from very different, but equally tragic, backgrounds. Venus had her dreams of a career as a classical pianist dashed by scandal when her Japanese-Italian, nightclub-owner father died in prison, having been accused of murdering a federal judge. Gib became a member of the Secret Service after an IRA bomb killed his parents on vacation in England. Yet the families forged a bond when Venus's parents were married at the Cameron family inn in 1968, its first year of operation. Thirty years later, Gib--a man who represents everything that tough Venus hates--shows up, with a big surprise and a desperate proposition, at the bar where Venus and her dotty sister, Ella, are performing as lounge musicians. It seems Mr. Arinelli left his daughters $100,000, possibly dirty money, in the Camerons' hands. Gib will turn the money over to them, no questions asked, if they return to the inn and, by their presence, help him persuade his relatives not to sell. Smith (A Place to Call Home) comes on like Kaye Gibbons with humor; her tale of redemption and learning to trust again is by turns sad, funny and touching. But given the blithe improbability of the setup, Gib's earnest flag-waving and Venus's spitfire anti-establishment views do little to endear us to either character. (July)
  • Ranked high on Bantam's summer list, this novel tells the story of a former piano prodigy forced by family tragedy to play pop music on the bar circuit, who has a last chance at redemption.
  • A thick, goopy southern stew from veteran romancer Smith (A Place To Call Home, 1997, etc.), this time involving a touchy pianist, her dreamy sister, and a man fatefully intertwined with them both. Venus Arinelli holds a major grudge against the world: Ever since her left-wing father was accused of a political crime he didn't commit--and died in prison--Venus has been struggling to escape the scrutiny of the FBI while she and sister Ella eke out a meager existence as nightclub performers. Enter Gib Cameron, ex-Marine and Secret Service agent, who has come to persuade the Arinelli sisters to return to his family's historic Tennessee inn. Thirty years earlier, Venus's parents were the first customers at Cameron Hall: They married there, and Venus was conceived on their wedding night. The tattered wedding picture of Venus's parents is the only remnant of her pampered life as a Louisiana quasi-princess. At first she refuses Gib's invitation--she despises his superpatriotic air--but then he reveals that he has money for her, left by her father. Once the sisters are in Tennessee, Ella succumbs to the hospitality heaped on them, while Venus keeps a cool distance from the sexy but brooding Gib. Meanwhile, the Camerons have their own troubles: When Gib and his brother Simon went to the sawmill to cut lumber for replacing the chapel floor, an argument led to a hideous accident--Simon was sawed in two by the blade and Gib's fight hand was cruelly maimed. Thus Cameron Hall closed while the family grieved. Cousin Emory now wants to turn it into a resort, while Gib hopes to reopen it as it once was. And all believe that Venus and Ella are the key to the future. . . . A highly improbable storyline, along with an incessant harping on family loyalty, will quickly tire all but romance diehards. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 1998)
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