EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON
Can you ever justify cheating on your husband?
This is the question that Leigh Fallon is faced with when she learns that her marriage to
Congressman Bob Fallon is not as honest as she's always assumed. It feels like Bob has been
all but ignoring her, except to criticize, and Leigh finds herself helplessly drawn to Erik,
the twenty-something Norwegian exchange student who's staying in their home. When she finds proof
that Bob has been spending his free time in the arms of his beautiful, young Capitol Hill secretary,
Leigh decides that "enough is enough" and allows herself to begin a relationship with Erik.
Little does she know that her affair with the young Norwegian will change her life forever, setting
in motion a series of events that bring tragedy, anguish, and ultimately a discovery of hidden
strength and courage.
"Bellacera, whose first book, Border Crossings (1999), was a Romance Writers of America RITA nominee, tackles
the subject of older woman-younger man in her latest contemporary romance. When 40-year-old Leigh O'Fallon
discovers proof of her husband's infidelity, she feels bitterly betrayed. Turning to Erik Haukeland, the 29-year-old
Norwegian exchange student staying with the O'Fallons, for comfort, Leigh begins a romantic relationship with Erik
that winds up pointing out to Leigh how empty and unfulfilling her marriage has become. Forced to choose between her
family and Erik, Leigh risks everything for love and changes her life forever. Bellacera handles her book's complex
subject matter beautifully, and she writes honestly and realistically about the joys and sorrows Leigh experiences.
Readers will be emotionally exhausted by the time they reach the book's conclusion, but they will also be thoroughly
satisfied with this compellingly crafted story." -- John Charles, Booklist
"Bellacera (Border Crossings) sets this pleasingly melodramatic sudser on Capitol Hill and the
fjords of Norway. domestic scenes between Leigh and the kids, rendered with casual ease, form a
strong counterpoint to the moral problems Leigh must confront. As for the core theme how one balances
responsibility to family with responsibility to oneself it should resonate with readers, many of whom
are confronted with the same question on a daily basis. Border Crossings was a finalist in two
categories for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award; this new novel is written with similar
assurance."-- Publisher's Weekly
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