||Jul 1 2000
Barnes & Noble.com
Amy and Cord have fallen in love without ever seeing each other. When they meet the differences almost ruin a true love.
Amy and Cord have been talking to each other by telephone and computer for two years. When they have a chance to actually meet each other, at a business conference, they are excited about the opportunity. When Amy sees that Cord is African-American, she endures a sudden shock, but quickly decides that their racial difference does not negate their honest appreciation foreach other as co-workers. They agree not to become personally involved with each other, but when charges of embezzlement arise in Amy's office, Cord is assigned to discover the source of the problem. While Cord is investigating the embezzlement, he himself is framed for the crime by Amy's boss and a woman who wants Amy to marry her son.
AI can=t believe we are finally going to meet.(at) Amy Summers pressed the telephone receiver closer to her ear, waiting to hear the soothing tones of Cord McCune=s rich baritone voice. She smiled as she heard his breath catch in his throat.
AI can=t wait.(at) His voice broke with huskiness. ADo you want to go to the conference, or right to bed?(at) The humor of their mutual joke hung in the air.
She giggled lightly. His sensuous suggestion sent rivers of hot blood on a fast course through her body. AI never thought we would be together...(at) She didn=t finish her thought. Putting into words just how much his friendship meant to her, was difficult.
ADo you want me to wear a red carnation or something?(at) he chuckled.
ANo. I=m sure I=ll know you.(at) Her mental picture of him had formed over the past two years. She was sure she could pick him out anywhere.
Rendezvous Magazine Review
Amy Summers and Cord McCune met over the phone. He was a liaison for the regional offices of the Michigan Department of Public Health and had been a source of emotional support and help during a most difficult time in Amy's live. Through their conversations, they'd gone from friends to best friends to falling in love. Now, two years later, they have a chance to meet face-to-face at a business conference. She is surprised to find that she is attracted to a handsome, tall African-American man she's teamed with at the conference and is shocked to find that he is Cord. Despite their racial differences, they still love one another. However, Amy is afraid of society and decides to call it off. Cord is sure their love is meant to be and decides that nothing will stand in their way, not even the investigation he has been conducting in her office.
A beautifully told story-you can't help love the characters and share in their dilemma. The mix of characters provides intrigue, humor, anger, and, most of all love.
The Belles and Beaux of Romance
When I picked up MEANT TO BE to review I didn’t have the slightest idea what it was about. But only after a few minutes I was sucked into this wonderful romance of two people what had gotten to know each other over a two-year period of talking over the phone. Now they were finally going to meet fact to face at a conference in Traverse City, Michigan. Amy Summers and Cord McCune both worked as accountants for the Michigan Department of Public Health, in different cities, and both were looking forward to finally meeting each other.
As usual, Amy was late to the conference and was scanning the meeting to see if anyone might look like Cord. She didn’t know what he looked like so it was a guessing game at most until she met him for lunch and found to her amazement that he was the very handsome Black-American that she had been sitting next to at the conference. Cord had taken the time inquire of business associates to find out what Amy looked like and assumed Amy had done the same, but the lovely blue-eyed blonde hadn’t. Amy then immediately thought of all the reasons why she loved Cord: his wonderful voice, his loving heart, his sense of humor, and his friendship that meant everything to her. But she worried about the racial differences and the problems that it might pose. What would her mother and daughter think about their racial differences? Her business associates? And would she be accepted by Cord’s family and friends?
Amy decided together with Cord to take the plunge and see where the relationship would go. At the first kiss they knew it was heavenly bliss, but she still wondered if she could cross the racial barriers on both sides. Her best friend Shelley was married to a Native American and she knew what they had gone through, and they were now completely happy. Being unsure, Amy decides to break it off with Cord and just remain friends even though her heart was breaking. Well, we all know how that goes when you love someone. Right to hell in a hand basket! You will enjoy where this story takes you , and how two people who are meant to be work it all out. I loved it sooooo much!
This is a story that takes a good look at all the barriers, the bigots, the people that try to frame them for embezzlement, and then the love that comes from close-knit families, and you have a story that you will cherish. Hopefully one day we will all meet on the crossroads of life looking at people for who they are and what they stand for, and the love in their hearts. And by uniting together to make things work instead of setting up road- blocks as to what color their skin is or where they come from. Love is the only common denominator!
“So Happy That I Met Cord and Amy and Their Families!”
“Jeanne Sumerix writes a tight knit story that dissolves racial barriers and lets the pure love shine through right to the end of MEANT TO BE, and unforgettable love story!”
Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance
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