||Aug 1 2001
Congressman's wife, Kayleigh Manstone, finds love with a charismatic Norwegian exchange student.
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Carole Bellacera, Author
Kayleigh O'Fallon, wife of an ambitious junior Congressman, is a woman who seems to have it all-
-good looks, designer clothes, a satisfying career as an artist, an exciting Capitol Hill social life and
a luxurious home in the Virginia countryside. She has everything but what she craves most--love
and tenderness from a man who sees her as more than an attractive ornament. In fact, for the last
year, her husband barely acknowledges her existence. Kayleigh O'Fallon is a celibate wife.
Enter Erik Haukeland, a charismatic Norwegian, thirteen years her junior, and for the first time
ever, Leigh meets a man who can read her artist's soul. A current of electricity ignites between
them--something that can't be denied.
Because of her strict Irish-Catholic upbringing, Kayleigh, is determined to remain true to her
twenty-year marriage to Bob--no matter that she's starved for love. But how long can she fight her
growing attraction for Erik?
On a snowy January morning, Kayleigh makes a shattering discovery that changes her life forever,
setting in motion a series of events that bring tragedy and heartbreak--and ultimately, a discovery of
hidden strength and courage.
Condom package + her tubal ligation ten years ago = Betrayal.
It wasn't just the realization that Bob and his "Rough Riders" were on an extremely
friendly basis with Rebecca, a fertile young redhead whose typing speed was considerably
lower than her bra size. It was more than that. Bob hadn't touched Leigh sexually in
months. It started with occasional instances of impotence. A combination of hard work and
stress, he claimed. No need to see a doctor. It would work itself out. Months passed, and
Leigh quit trying to interest her husband in sex. She was forty years old, and a celibate wife.
Now, with the discovery of the box of condoms, she faced the ultimate betrayal.
Apparently, he was impotent only with her.
She dropped the "Rough Riders" back into Bob's travel bag. Her fingers felt soiled
from contact with the box. What does a wronged wife do in this situation, she wondered?
She heard a sound at the open doorway of her bedroom. Felt his eyes upon her. She looked
up, and there he stood.
Her heart pounded as she gazed at the brooding expression on his lean handsome face.
Even without her contacts, she could see the way his blue eyes centered on the rise and fall
of her breasts under the thin fabric of her teddy. For months, she'd fought off a consuming
attraction to the Norwegian. Telling herself it was wrong; she was a married woman. A
good woman who'd always been faithful to her husband. Yes, even after he'd stopped being a
real husband to her. She was a good mother who always put her children first.
And Erik? He was too young. He was a guest in their home. A friend of her
college-aged son. But he wanted her; he'd made that clear. And God! She could no longer
deny she wanted him just as much.
Again, she asked herself--what does a wronged wife do now?
For Readers Who Want to Make Their Summer Nights Even Steamier!!!
EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON is a sad account of a woman torn between
'doing the right thing' and taking care of her soul. Leigh and Erik are
perfect for each other, both intelligent, warm, caring people. I didn't
like her husband from the beginning and wondered why she had stuck it out
with him this long. Her children and friends are all too human in their
handling of her affair.
Once Erik's family comes into the picture, another dynamic adds to the
The reader should be aware that there is more than a little bit of
explicit sex in this story. The dialogue is smoothly presented and the
plot is well written. I found myself holding my breath towards the end,
wondering how everything
would come together. For readers who would like to make their summer nights
even steamier, pick up a copy of EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON.--Jani Brooks, Romance Reviews Today.
A Touching, Emotional Novel
Leigh Fallon's life appears to be perfect. She's the wife of a
congressman, has three beautiful children and even has a career as an up
and coming artist. The one thing missing from her life is a loving
husband. Bob's career continually takes him away from his family and the
last thing he seems interested in is loving his wife.
When a foreign exchange student comes to live with the Fallons, Leigh's
life turns upside down. Although Erik is much younger than Leigh, she
can't help but feel a deep attraction for the handsome young man. Leigh
tries to make her marriage work, but with her husband's insensitivity as
well as discovering he has not been faithful, Leigh can no longer fight her
feelings for Erik.
Leigh must choose between the love of a man and the love of her family. It
is far from an easy choice, but it's one Leigh must make. Leigh makes a
startling discovery, which takes the choice out of her hands and sets up a
series of events which changes Leigh's life forever.
EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON is a touching, emotional novel which will
leave readers gasping for more. Carole Bellacera succeeds in touching the
hearts and souls of her readers with this compelling story of two people
torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. This book follows the
styles of such great authors as LaVyrle Spencer and Jayne Ann Krentz. It's
a book readers will not want to miss.
Reviewed for ReaderToReader.com
by Yvonne Hering
A Dangerous Book
East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a dangerous book. I say this because once I started reading, I did not stop until I finished. It was a one sitting read for me; I simply had to know what was going to happen to Leigh and Erik. Would they have an affair? Would it last or would it be just a rebound fling for Leigh? After the couple was separated by circumstances and malice, would they ever get back together? I needed the answers, and I couldn't wait to get them.
A warning for romance readers -- there are hot button issues covered in this book. The chief among these, obviously, is adultery. The author makes Leigh's and Erik's relationship palatable by establishing in the prologue that Leigh's husband is being unfaithful to her. It enables the reader to accept the attraction that she feels for Erik though the story begins six months prior to the prologue. However, there are more adulterous relationships than the one between the main characters.
Some readers may object to the apparent portrayal of left-wing politics equals good, right-wing politics equals bad. Others may be disturbed by the mention of euthanasia. Both issues are dealt with in an extremely brief manner, however, they stick out in my mind.
Romance readers will have to step outside of our comfort zone to enjoy Carole Bellacera's book. I found Leigh's journey to strength and happiness to be interesting and well worthwhile.
Laura Novak, The Romance Journal.
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