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Shades and Shadows
by Sophia Shaw

Category: Fiction / General
302 pages; ISBN: 0758209568

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Shades and Shadows
Sophia Shaw
Dafina, Jan 2005, $6.99, 302 pp.
ISBN: 0758209568

After ending her marriage to her abusive spouse Peter, Jade Winters ignores men to concentrate on her dance studio. Noel Merson wanted kids, but his girlfriend three years ago said no so he ended their relationship and has played the “game” since. These two have never met, but today Noel is taking his bossy twelve years old niece Laura to Jade’s Chicago studio for her lesson.

Noel immediately wants to dance to the music of love, but Jade is hesitant. As he begins to break down her barriers, Peter decides he misses his former wife swearing he has changed. Though she has doubts that the leopard can change his spots, Jade wonders if she should give Peter a second chance or continue to take a chance on Noel. Someone viciously beats up Noel with Peter and his temper the obvious suspect; that is to everyone except Jade who thinks her ex is innocent. Is it wishful thinking, ignoring their painful past, or could someone else be involved?

SHADES AND SHADOWS is a terrific contemporary tale starring a delightful beleaguered protagonist and a fabulous support cast to include friends, instructors, student and the two rival males. The story line avoids the soap opera cliff by concentrating on relationships so that fans will initially believe Peter is the culprit, change their mind several times and keep reading until the end wondering if not Peter who. Sophia Shaw writes a fabulous romantic suspense that grips her audience from start to finish on one of the finest Chicago joyrides since Ferris.

Harriet Klausner


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