Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Heart's Victory, 1982

     Cynthia Fox, a.k.a. Foxy has spent her childhood on racing tracks. Having lost her parents at the age of 10 in a car crash, the only family she has got is her brother Kirk. He is a Formula One Driver with an addiction for speed and races. He thrives on them and Foxy lives in a constant fear of losing him to this speed. Lancelot Matthews is a retired driver who is now in the business of designing racing cars. They have been in love for over a decade. He marries Foxy, Kirk's accident being the catalyst in the process. But the story doesn't end there. This book is about how Foxy deals with her fears and the role of Lance in overcoming those fears; different from what she usually writes.

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     Halfway through the book I realized I didn't know where Roberts was going with the story. Marriage in the middle of the book! The happily-ever-after, already. Now what? But I liked the way she had maneuvered the story and I hated the way Lance had proposed. The circumstances could have been better. Lance is being Travis, if you know what I mean. It's kind of refreshing to see Nora not ending the book with a promise of marriage. Nora's male protagonists are rendered with flaws like rudeness and dominance. Her characters are never too good to be true. So, I like them. The description of scenes from races and circuits are different. I told you! Her characters are in every profession.

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