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    Acts of Kindness
    Claudia's Shadow
    Daddy's Girl
    Dream Train
    Dreaming In Color
    Fresh Air
    Gentle Stranger
    Gifts of Love
    Grace Notes
    Hidden Meanings
    Intimate Friends
    Julia's Sister
    Leftover Dreams
    Love Life
    Matters of the Heart
    Meet Me In Time
    Mixed Emotions
    Moments of Meaning
    Mood Indigo
    Night Magic
    Painted Lives
    Parting Gifts
    Perfect Fools
    Pieces of Dreams
    Running Away
    Somebody's Baby
    Sudden Moves: The sequel to Fresh Air
    Sweeter Music
    Times of Triumph
    Where Is The Baby?
    The Young Person's Dreambook

    Katharine Marlowe Titles
    Heart's Desires

Daddy's Girl

Island Nation Press

Katharine Marlowe


by Charlotte Vale-Allen

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Coming right at the end of a major assignment, photojournalist Joanna James isn't as thrilled as one might expect when she receives another assignment--to ride the Orient-Express to Venice. Putting of a much-needed rest, she flies to London where she will, after a very brief stay, board the famed, newly-restored train.

While in London, at a low ebb psychologically, she embarks on two affairs simultaneously, with two radically different men: Henry, her wryly witty British agent, and Tyler, an actor/producer/director she interviewed some years earlier.

It feels to Joanna as if she's escaping chaos when she finally departs on the train, but she finds it difficult to regain her usual, self-protective emotional detachment. And as she train makes it way through Europe, she strikes up warm and surprisingly intimate friendships with several of the other passengers.

These friendships hold throughout Joanna's stay in Venice, growing in seeming proportion to a new and altered sense of herself. This assignment offers Joanna a view into the hearts of her new friends but, more importantly, a clear view into her own.