Linda J. Alexander
· A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story
· Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism
· Dorothy From Kansas Meets the Wizard of X
· The Unpromised Land
· Until Next Time
· How Taylor Hicks Made it Possible For Adam Lambert to Win American Idol
· In The Hands of the Law
· Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, and Communism
· Has He Made It Through The Rain?
· Voice In My Head
· New Orleans vs Irag?
· Diamonds vs Kisses . . . a Flippant Commentary on Women’s Lib
· To Speak Her Name: Margie Hart, Ace Stripper
· Birth Of An Activist
· Lou Christie: Lightning is Still Striking
· From Queen of Me to Queen of Indy Music
· Guiding Light’s Joseph Breen Crazy Like A Fox - Dr. Will Jeffries
· Browne Has Big Plans After Departing Another World
· From General Hospital to American History X . . . and beyond
· Guiding Light’s Secretary, Wanda, Hails from Washington, DC Area
· The Adult Video Awards Show – 1990
· Dear John, Harry Groener Is No Nerd
· Handsome Jay Hammer of Guiding Light
· Two Originals Remain From the Herman’s Hermits
· Spotlight . . . on Michael Swan
· I Don't Know
· Ms. Simile Skeltonics
· Getting Older
· Man in the Box
· The Younger Years
· Music or Love?
· On The Radio
· Life Before
· My Mama
· Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism: AD Top Books!
· e-book Available: Reluctant Witness, Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism
· Biography - Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood & Communism
· Robert Taylor Scholarship Announced!
· Award-Winning Photographer's Work to Grace Cover of New Book Set In Boston
· Linda Alexander Signs New Book Contract!
· X-Rated Industry Insider Recognizes
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Love, romance, innocence, intrigue, danger, and lust. Life is complicated, and love even more so. Life, and love, can be hazardous to a lady's health. Especially if she's fallen in love with a married pop star.
Ex-nun Hannah Jergen married the first man to look at her. Denny Lorenzo, an internationally-famous Jewish singer, is in a crumbling marriage to an overbearing publicity hound. Guilt-ridden flashbacks over a car accident that left his wife with amnesia are the only reasons he hasn't left her.
Denny's performance schedule takes him to Boston, Hannah's hometown, and sparks fly. How can such opposites fall in love without changing the world, theirs and that of those around them? They can't.
Unable to shed their miserable marriages, Hannah and Denny are equally unable to deny their growing attraction. Through undercover meetings facilitated by Hannah's faithful friend, Donna, their emotional attachment becomes dangerous after accidents and mysterious illnesses befall them. When a seriously-injured Hannah is kidnapped and held for a sick ransom, Denny's life for hers, worlds collide in a shocking confrontation.
It all started during those weekends in New England. . . .
Is it the music that makes the man, or the man that makes the music?
"I'm looking for the woman,
The woman who sees.
I'm looking for the woman,
The woman who sees
What I really am
And what I could really mean
. . .To her."
Inside Chapter 7:
"Denny, please. . . ." She reached out, not meaning to touch him. The gesture was an unconscious act of helplessness.
"Neither of us knows what we want right now." His voice was less interrogating, with firm but gentle conviction. "Remember our first dance?" She nodded. "I knew you were different than all the others. I have to keep that in mind. And you. . . ." The sound of his words softened even more as his eyes crinkled, but still there was no smile, "you got to remember, it doesn't matter who I am. That's nothing. I'm skin and bones and blood, like you; I hurt, bleed, want like anybody else."
The warning Donna had spoken to her earlier rang over and over in Hannah's mind. "He's only human. . . . Only a man. . ."
Last paragraph of the book:
"We're gonna make a helluva pair, you know? . . . You, the little girl with a bad case of 'Mom's Apple Pie' disease, and me, the bastard who can't decide if he should make music to his love, or love to his music. . . .
"Ain't that a helluva note?!"
-- Denny Lorenzo, pop star
WEEKENDS IN NEW ENGLAND is like a fine martini.
WEEKENDS IN NEW ENGLAND
1st printing - Behler Publications
Weekends in New England is like a fine martini. Gently stir in two marriages, two lovers, and a twisted friendship and you have a scrumptious cocktail hour goodie.
Hannah, an ex nun, is battling against the sorrow of a cold marriage. She is like a boat whose anchor has worked itself loose and the tide is pulling her further and further out to sea. Peter, her husband, is a walking minefield. He is cold, patient and on occasion, explosive in his needs.
The story unfolds with Hannah and her husband attending a Denny Lorenzo concert. Denny is an exhilarative singer equipped with audience schmoozing powers. He is mentally cramped by his own peculiar predicament. His giddy with malice wife is a mastermind at manipulation.
Both Hannah and Denny realize their lives are falling short of their dreams. When a chance meeting occurs, an umbilical cord springs forth interlocking Hannah and Denny through an obstacle course of religious barriers, moral dilemmas, and a life and death struggle. They embrace a place of refuge and exile within each other.
As the well-developed characters continue to negotiate between love, anger and being in love, a bizarre development surprises the reader. The reader will be dazed with disbelief of a tormentor's identity. This skillfully written novel flows with just the right amount of romantic confessions, turbulent relationships, jealousy, and mystery. Ms. Alexander, once again, proves herself to be a lively original thinker and a bright writer.
Sherry Russell, Reviewer
Midwest Book Review
. . .a story so intense that the reader is riveted to each page. . . .
WEEKENDS IN NEW ENGLAND by Linda Alexander is a novel of innocence misplaced and innocence re-found. It is a story of fresh beginnings without the frills of make-believe. It is life.
Hannah Jergen has always led a sheltered life. A devout Catholic, she becomes a nun but eventually quits the monastery. She marries Peter Jergen because of his captivating smile, but under his pleasant exterior dwells anger capable of the most humiliating act of revenge.
Denny Lorenzo, a Jew and a rock star, has his own demons to exorcise; His skepticism keeps him chained to the nightmares of the past where he believes he will remain.
Despite being married, Hannah and Denny cannot escape their mutual attraction and begin a relationship handicapped by the scars of their dysfunctional marriages.
Ms. Alexander relates a story so intense that the reader is riveted to each page. Her characters come alive and their personalities jump from the pages into the readers’ lives. Only at the end will the reader discover whether the book is a romance, a mystery, a thriller, or a combination of all three.
If you are looking for a good, mysterious, page-turning read, then Weekends in New England is well worth making a trip to the local bookstore.
Kathy S. Hartwell, MA
Editorial Director, www.Author-Me.com
An edge-of-your-seat suspense novel. . .that keeps you guessing. . . .
At first appearances, WEEKENDS IN NEW ENGLAND looks like your average romance. Hannah Jergen is married, albeit not happily, but having come from a convent where she was about to become a nun, she married the first man to ask. She realizes her marriage is a sham, but it is a marriage…
Denny Lorenzo is a renowned Jewish singer. His fans treat him like royalty, but behind the scenes his marriage is in ruins. The only thing keeping him with his wife is the fact that she lost her memory following a tragic car accident in which Denny was behind the wheel.
When Hannah and Denny meet, their worlds are rocked. The two know they were destined to be together for eternity, but neither knows how to end their troubled marriages.
So far, it sounds just like a romance in which there can be no happy ending for all, right? Well, here comes the twist…
Hannah disappears and her kidnapper asks for a huge ransom. Suspicions are first cast on Hannah’s husband and on Denny’s wife, but no one knows for sure. It could be either spouse determined to keep the lovers apart; they could be working together; or is there a possibility that Hannah was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Denny knows only one thing; he cannot rest until the woman he loves is found—hopefully alive.
Obviously the theme of adultery plays pretty prominently in Linda Alexander’s book, while even rape finds its way into the fold. I know some readers have issues with those topics, so if you find yourself to be among that majority, I don’t recommend this book. If you are thinking the book sounds totally romantic, I have to warn you to be prepared because in the end the book was more of an edge-of-your-seat suspense novel. If you are looking to head on a fictional ride that keeps you guessing, WEEKENDS IN NEW ENGLAND is a perfect choice.
Reviews for "Weekends In New England"
|Reviewed by Natalie Brown (Reader)
|I'm an avid reader of pretty much anything I can get my hands on and when I came across Linda Alexander's profile at MySpace and read up on her, I just had to buy one of her books. I mean, come on... someone who's interviewed Porn stars, battles Lupus AND has an incredibly interesting genealogy... there's got to be something cool pouring from that mind!
I picked up Weekends In New England and thought it was going to be a romance story and it was that and more. Wow, this book is a thriller! I read it in two sittings because I was fixated on finding out what was going to happen next.
There are two fairly emotionally complex characters at the center of this romance/mystery novel. Hannah is someone I think many women can relate to in that she's a bit naive and in a really difficult emotional and physical relationship. It's not the right situation for her, but before Denny Lorenzo sings his way into her soul, she's pretty much given up hope at things getting better for her husband and herself and almost resigns herself to that fact (NO Hannah, no!). Denny is a firecracker. Like many artists, he struggles between his ‘true self’ and his on stage 'persona'. He also finds himself in a bad marriage to someone whose character seems to be manipulative and vain. When Denny and Hannah meet and that soul connection spark flies... well, there is no stopping that sort of force.
What makes this book stand out is the twisted (and I seriously mean tuh-wis-tu-hed!) ending. I won't spoil it for you, but take it from someone who can usually predict the outcome of this sort of novel... I was totally taken aback when I learned out who was causing both Denny and Hannah much grief and Hannah's death. Woah mamma!
If you want an entertaining read that does make you look at your internal self while giving you frivolous pleasure at the same time, most definitely pick up this book.
|Reviewed by Ginger Marks
|Highly Recommend: Weekends In New England weaves a tale of marital fidelity in a way that makes you clearly understand the cruel reality of both sides of the coin. The harsh reality of the mix of faiths between Catholic and Jew is brought to light within the pages. Linda Alexander's spell binding telling compels you to read on. I warn you now, once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down until you reach the final unexpected ending.|
|Reviewed by Betty Lynch
|Linda Alexander is a very talented author who knows how to capture your attention from the first word! The suspense was so high that I could not stop reading. A wonderful book that I would highly recommend to others.|
|Reviewed by Doug Boren
|Linda Alexander had already proven herself to be an impeccably worthy author with the romantic thriller "Until Next Time". Now, "Weekends in New England" richly illustrates the trials and triumphs, the pitfalls and ecstasy of a forbidden love that somehow seems so right.
These days, it seems not too unusual for a man or woman to find their true love while unfortunately being married to someone else. This book examines the feelings of such a relationship. You can feel the heart strings being pulled, the inexorable pull of a love that is not yet clouded by passion, yet gives a life full of a passion that never existed before.
Denny and Hannah were worlds apart, and in many ways as different from each other as two people could be. But love is strange like that… not only do opposites attract, but sometimes it’s the differences that make a couple strong. As they go through the guilt, the deceptions, the longing and the waiting, Mrs. Alexander expertly weaves a story that you not only become engrossed in, but feel, in every heart rendering step. You can identify with them, even if you yourself have never been in their situation.
This is not a tawdry sex story. It is rather amazing to realize that Denny and Hannah never even do anything but talk or kiss while having their “affair” that takes them both down a stormy path of danger. The climax is surprising, and the conclusion is emotional. Kudos for the author who can so easily climb inside the mind and heart of both man and woman and paint us a picture that will stay with us long after the final page has been turned.
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