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Publisher:  SynergEbooks ISBN-10:  0744309492 Type: 


Copyright:  July 2005

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Writer One Line Books
Welcome to Historic Oberon, California

Lucy Greco-Cavanaugh doesn’t think her life could get much better. The perfect family, the perfect husband, the perfect marriage. What more could she wish for? Other than the chance to do it all again. But when the secrets her husband has been hiding are finally revealed, Lucy’s dream life becomes a living nightmare, and her storybook marriage begins to resemble a Greek Tragedy.

Lucy drove out to the nursery early that afternoon, with the windows rolled down. No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, an album she’d ‘liberated’ from her teenage son’s music collection several years earlier, was blasting from the Explorer’s CD player, and a plan for fixing the deteriorating relationship between her husband and her son was cooking in her head. In fact, if things worked out the way she hoped they would, she might even be able to give her own relationship with Dan some added spice.
It was a glorious Spring day. The air along the coast was warm and lushly scented with yerba buena, eucalyptus and sage. Fat, majestic puffs sailed across the sky, casting cloud-shaped shadows onto the earth and sea below, further mottling the already variegated landscape. When she turned off the coast road onto the canyon drive that led to the nursery, she saw that the hills that lined the way, gray-green, emerald, and gold for most of the year, had been transformed. They’d blossomed overnight into an almost endless expanse of orange and blue--mostly California poppies and lupine--disrupted only where the spiky silver foliage and dried flower heads of wild artichokes broke through to tower above them.
It was the same thing that happened every year, but, as always, the beauty of it took her by surprise and made her catch her breath.
It was a perfect day for a picnic, she had decided after leaving Marsha and Scout that morning; and so she had gone home and packed a basket with which she hoped to tempt Dan to join her at Seth’s ball game this afternoon.
The relationship between the two men in her life had become so strained of late. And, even though she had taken care to pack all of Dan’s favorites--marinated artichoke hearts, olives stuffed with sun dried tomatoes, roasted eggplant and goat cheese sandwiches on fresh foccacia bread, and a mint-mango salad--she wasn’t sure that even that would do the trick.

It wasn’t so much that she feared her husband’s relationship with their son was in any real danger of becoming irrevocably damaged, as had happened to Dan’s relationship with his own father; although the possibility had certainly occurred to her, and more than once. It was just that it was so very obvious how much both he and Seth were suffering from their estrangement. And it would be good for Seth to see that, annoyed as he often was with him, his father still supported his efforts.
Besides, she knew very well that her own attendance at his games was almost more frustrating for Seth than supportive. Despite all her years as a spectator, Lucy still seemed to be missing the finer points of the game. Their mutual interest in baseball had always been a passion that Dan and Seth enjoyed sharing. And really, what was the point of sports, if not to allow men the opportunity to renew their bonds with one another without shedding too much blood?
She pulled off the road before she reached the nursery’s main entrance, unlocked one of the gates that led directly into the fields, and detoured through the back of the nursery’s grounds to check on her hives. Sunlight shimmered in the air, and as she walked through the field she breathed in deep lungfuls scented with the heady fragrance of flowering plants and warm earth. The bees were everywhere; crawling on the flowers, filling the air with their busy flights, and clustering around the hives’ entrances in a carefully choreographed confusion. Lucy reminded herself to keep all her movements slow as she moved among them. She was entranced by their gentleness as they detoured around her. Even without the honey, she’d enjoy keeping them. Of course, she hadn’t been stung yet, although everyone who worked with bees assured her that it was inevitable, and she hadn’t yet been forced to contend with a swarm, either. Perhaps she’d feel a little less enthusiastic after either of those occurred. But for now, it was a terrific little sideline business.
She watched the bees for several minutes longer, observing their activity, trying to take a count of the bees as they moved in and out of the hives, as she’d been taught to do; looking for anything unusual, any suggestion that the hives were ailing. Finally, satisfied that all was well, she slowly turned and walked back towards her car. She’d come back out here this weekend, with all her equipment, so she could inspect the hives properly, but right now, she had an even more interesting project to work on.
Seth was not the only one whose bonds with Dan could use a little renewing, she thought. It had been months since she and Dan had enjoyed the kind of romantic adventure she had planned for them. Altogether too many months. And man could not live by sports alone.
She’d included a jar of her honey in the picnic basket. If she and Dan could find a private, secluded little spot for their picnic, perhaps she’d find a way to increase his appreciation for her new hobby.

Professional Reviews

5 Cups for A Taste of Honey!
Rating: 5 Cups

Oberon is an isolated town with many secrets. Oberon resident Dan Cavanaugh thinks
he and his wife Lucy have a storybook marriage and nothing can come between him
them. They have a perfect family with their son, Seth. Dan runs the family business his
father started before him. But his cousin Nick brings news that could shatter Dan's life

Lucy was always so happy taking care of her beehives and working at the family
business, but Dan has been acting strangely the last few months. She wonders if he
could be having an affair but does not really believe he would risk their marriage. Even
his relationship with Seth seemed strained lately.

Seth meets a wonderful girl he is attracted to. Deirdre Delaney-Cooper thinks Seth is
wonderful. However, she does not want to tell Seth her real name since she is harboring
a secret. She tells Seth her name is Monica. What happens when the attraction between
Seth and Deirdre becomes intense? Will he discover her secret? Will his parents
discover his new relationship? A former enemy of Seth‚s will put his and Deirdre‚s lives
in danger. Will a new group of friends with psychic abilities be able to save them?

Ms. Forte continues the wonderful saga of Oberon with the fourth book in this series.
You will visit old friends and meet new ones as this story continues. As you revisit this
town with all of the secrets and mystery, you will want to keep coming back for more. I
cannot wait for the next book in this continuing saga. I want to read more about the
townsfolk of Oberon.

Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

"a joy to read"
Dan Cavanaugh has been keeping a secret away from Lucy, his beautiful and feisty wife, but, unfortunately for him, it has come back to haunt him. Deirdre Shelton-Cooper has run away from her home in Berkeley to find her father, Dan. The thing is, Dan is convinced she is not his daughter. Deirdre could be the product of the relationship between him and a former girlfriend, Paige. But Paige is now dead, tragically murdered, and her last attack on Dan was to inform him that Deirdre was his daughter. When Seth, Dan’s son meets up with ‘Monica’ aka Deirdre the situation becomes even worse.

Lucy and Dan Cavanaugh have, on the outside, a perfect marriage. They possess two children, a wonderful sex life and a growing business; things that most people would envy. But a chain of events occur that could spell disaster to their ideal world. The question is: can their marriage survive?

A Taste of Honey was a joy to read and it had me hooked right from the start. It had an excellent storyline which, over time, knitted together perfectly. Everything that you read had a purpose; nothing was surplus to requirements. This is a novel which is part of an ongoing series but it does well on its own. One thing, though, I wish I’d read more of the series beforehand. Not because, I felt this novel needed that to be understood. Far from it! It’s because, now that I’ve read A Taste of Honey, I’ve missed out on so much by not reading the first initial books.

There was something I read within A Taste of Honey that was familiar to me and it didn’t take me long to figure out where I’d seen it before. But I won’t spoil that little surprise for you! See if you can work it out.

I loved this novel so much that I hope I get the chance to read new additions to the series. It’s by far one of the best works of fiction I’ve read in a long time.

Carrie White, Erotic Author

"simple voyeuristic pleasure"
When Oberon's golden couple experiences a slight
cooling in their normally hot marriage, all sorts of
things start coming to light. When they were broken
up in their youth what did Dan do and how will it
affect his future? With drugs being made in Oberon
will life ever go back to the way they all remember

This book was good enough to be on Daytime TV. I was
sucked in by the flashbacks to happier times. This
story was so skillfully told that even the things you
weren't sure you cared about still kept you turning
pages. Even when things got bad and you knew they
were going to you had to keep reading. This book was
simple voyeuristic pleasure. I almost feel guilty
saying that I read this as part of a reviewing

Mary Ebert, Reviewer
eBook Reviews Weekly

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