Friday, August 16, 2013

From This Day On-Janice Kay Johnson

From This Day On

Janice Kay Johnson

Harlequin SuperRomance, Aug 6 2013, $5.75

ISBN: 9780373718672

While her mom and stepfather are in Australia for two years, Amy Nilsson moves into their mother’s house to learn more about her mother; as Michelle Cooper Doyle is emotionally closed off. She opens her mom’s mail from Wakefield College inviting her to the opening of a time capsule from over three decades ago. Confused as her mom attended U of Oregon, Amy calls her dad in Arizona about Wakefield, but he only adds more mystery. Her half-brother Jakob, who she had an unfriendly relationship as children, calls her saying their dad called him re the time capsule. He hides from Amy and their father, the truths he overheard when his parents talked and conceals the hidden agenda as to why he offers to accompany her.

The half-siblings drive together to Wakefield College. There they learn what her mom hid; that Jakob’s father is not Amy’s biological dad as she is a product of rape. Whereas Amy feels shocked by the revelations, Jakob feels euphoric as he hid his shameful forbidden attraction for his half-sister behind a prickly façade.

From This Day On is an emotional drama as the truth may set free family members or destroy them. Although Jakob’s feelings for Amy are difficult to accept, Janice Kay Johnson provides readers with an angst-laden contemporary.

Harriet Klausner

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