Rachel Cooper's father kept his family in a state of terrified subservience. When he died - apoplectic with rage at having been crossed, at last, by his son - Rachel was left to care for her helpless mother and difficult young sister. Raped by a local youth whose love she thought she had gained, she gave birth in secret to a daughter who had to be given away for adoption. Hating and mistrusting all men, Rachel's only friend was Polly, the local wise woman whose support and counsel was to bring her through the worst of times. She managed to develop a successful career and to win the love of a good, kindly man, but her sufferings were not yet over. At last, with courage and the will to survive, Rachel found true fulfillment and reconciliation with the daughter she thought she had lost forever.
"The Furies shares the same virtuosic prose of (Hobhouse's) earlier fiction and at the same time moves beyond it, to become a sad, beautiful--and profoundly affecting--meditation on love and death and family."--"The New York Times
Jennifer receives a call of the tragic deaths of her friends and finds herself a parent to their three young children. Flying to Italy; there she consoles the children while making funeral arrangements. After the funeral, they walk to the car only to be confronted by men presuming to give their condolences. Once in arms reach, they are kidnapped and whisked away to some old abandoned buildings. While there, arguments arise and a man is shot. Jennifer is then instructed to fly only the children to America and return immediately. Jennifer does as instructed to protect the children; only to find herself a prisoner. It's a tangled web of deception that Victor, her captor, has spun. Jennifer tries to understand the predicament she is in but Victor wants what she possesses and she has no clue what it could be. Victor, a multi-millionaire, insists Jennifer holds something important and will keep her prisoner until his plan succeeds. But as time goes by, Victor begins to fall in love with Jennifer which complicates this plan. A plan, that at all costs, he must prevail. But does he?
In present-day Los Angeles, Caroline Martin has everything but the thing her soul craves most: a daughter. When she undergoes what is supposed to be a routine hysterectomy, she unwittingly aborts the little girl she’s always longed for, leaving the unborn baby’s soul in limbo. Sharing a hospital room with Caroline is a pregnant woman who’s just been shot by her boyfriend. Her unborn child is barely hanging on—and the soul of Caroline’s hovering baby cannot resist the overwhelming urge to rebirth via this unclaimed fetus. In the aftermath of these events, two engaging heavenly guides, working together through sensitive humans, struggle to find an alternate way to help Caroline and her would-be daughter forge the link that was always meant to be between them—before the child’s brutal father makes good on his vow to steal the girl and disappear with her forever. By turns comic and tragic, Rachael’s Return explores the concept of soulmates, the afterlife, reincarnation, and relationships that never die, even as it offers readers a glimpse of the mysteries that exist within the ordinary and challenges assumptions about the true nature of reality.
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