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From an Illinois women's prison to a modeling agency to a challenging career in New York, Grace Adams carries the pain and betrayal of her past, until she finds true happiness in the arms of New York attorney Charles Mackenzie, but her new life is threate
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From an Illinois women's prison to a modeling agency to a challenging career in New York, Grace Adams carries the pain and betrayal of her past, until she finds true happiness in the arms of New York attorney Charles Mackenzie, but her new life is threate Publishers Weekly,Sexual abuse in myriad forms imbues Steel's new novel with uncharacteristically dark tones. The narrative covers more than 20 painful years in the life of Grace Adams, an incest victim who, at age 17, shoots dead her abusive father. Sent to prison, Grace is rescued from a lesbian gang-rape by a pair of women who provide protection during her two-year sentence. Once released, she heads to Chicago, where she lands a job in a modeling agency, only to be sexually harassed by a series of men, including her parole officer, her boss and a wicked photographer. After her probation ends, Grace moves to New York; there, she works as secretary in a major law firm and volunteers in a shelter for abused women. Steel is careful not to let the nearly fatal beating that follows mar her heroine's good looks, or future. Grace emerges from a coma to find handsome Charles Mackenzie, her high-powered lawyer boss, at her bedside. A happy endingwhich follows some satisfying vengeance on Grace's partdoesn't minimize the aura of victimization that surrounds this heroine. Only in a Danielle Steel novel would a 19-year-old ex-con show up at her first job interview in a "little Chanel knockoff" suitbut neither pseudo-high fashion nor the high-handed conclusion keep this yarn from being, ultimately, a big downer that earns its title in more ways than one. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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