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"Our love affair is a wonderous thing." Song lyrics

  • Oct 7, 2011
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"A Hidden Affair" describes how strong a woman's love can be for a man who promised to marry her and how enduring that love can last.

Jordan Weiss is on a mission. She's resigned from the U.S. Dept. of Intelligence and is searching for her college sweetheart, Jared Short, in Monaco.

She has an old address for Jared and when she arrives at the building, she observes a young woman, Nicole Short, entering the building. When she asks Nicole about Jared, she is evasive and later when Jordan returns to ask more questions, Nicole has fled.

Jordan meets an Israeli named Aaron who is also following Nicole. He suggests that he and Jordan join forces. They do and eventually develop romantic feelings toward each other while maintaining professional mistrust.

Interestingly, we learn of wine making in the area and that wine was used as currency during WWII. The Nazi's wanted the best wine for the higher ranking officers and politicians but the locals tried to deny the Nazis of this treasure. What happens to the vintage wine becomes part of the mystery.

Jordan Weiss is a strong character and a good match for Aaron but she continues to search for Jared even though events prove that he didn't deserve her devotion.

Pam Jenoff writes an interesting story that is well worth reading. With some of the action in Monaco and other scenic places, I would have liked more of the descriptions of the areas.

The historical premise of the novel is riveting and even the minor characters are completely realized.

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What kind of man could fake his own death and then, for more than a decade, let his loved ones suffer? After such a betrayal, what woman would want him back? Meet erstwhile Cambridge University sweethearts Jared Short and Jordan Weiss, whose star-crossed odyssey continues in Jenoff's intriguing sequel to Almost Home. Following Jordan's discovery of Jared's apparent survival--and her own narrow escape from enemies still out to silence him--the plucky young diplomat chucks her State Department commission to seek closure. But instead of answers, what lies ahead on a perilous chase stretching from London to the Aegean are more conundrums. Along the way, Jordan encounters Ari Bruck, a seductive mystery man who might be a Mossad agent, and Nicole Short, an elegant blonde who apparently runs in the same circles as Jared. Despite some lazy writing and less than convincing plot elements, this thriller should keep romantic suspense fans hooked until its explosive climax.
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