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Bantam 5/4/1998. New paperback. Store pick: Deborah Smith has written a heartbreaking and enchanting story of two star-crossed Southern lovers. Twenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked cars. Roan is abruptly torn from Claire's life, but now, two decades later, he is about to come back. If you enjoy the novels of Nicholas Sparks, prepare to fall in love with A Place to Call Home.
"Rarely will a book touch your heart like A Place to Call Home. So sit back, put up your feet, and enjoy."--The Atlanta Journal and ConstitutionTwenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked cars. No one in Dunderry, Georgia--least of all Claire's family--could understand the bond between these two mavericks. But Roan and Claire belonged together . . . until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's life. Now, two decades later, Claire is adrift, and the Maloneys are still hoping the past can be buried under the rich Southern soil. But Roan Sullivan is about to walk back into their lives. . . . By turns tender and sexy and heartbreaking and exuberant, A Place to Call Home is an enthralling journey between two hearts--and a deliciously original novel from one of the most imaginative and appealing new voices in Southern fiction. Praise for A Place to Call Home "A beautiful, believable love story."--Chicago Tribune "For sheer storytelling virtuosity, Ms. Smith has few equals."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "Enchanting new novel . . . a beautiful love story of reunion."--The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC "Stylishly written, filled with Southern ease and humor."--Tampa Tribune