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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reprint edition (1 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449216284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449216286
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1 x 17.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a broken marriage and a nervous breakdown barely behind her, Melissa sails for Europe. When a strange traveler urgently asks her to deliver a book to a secret address, Melissa agrees -- much against her better judgment. Soon Melissa realizes she's being followed. Her life is suddenly in danger. And as she finds herself forced to fight alone against an enemy she cannot understand, Melissa discovers something extraordinary about herself, something she never suspected . . .

About the Author

Dorothy Gilman is the author of the Mrs. Pollifax series of novels, as well as several others. She divides her time between Norwalk, Connecticut, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x95fa8e28) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96229ee8) out of 5 stars Delicate, engaging, and real 17 Aug. 2000
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I am a Dorothy Gilman fan; the only one of her books I haven't taken to was Incident at Badamya. This one definitely touched me. I thought it was an accurate and insightful portrait of Melissa's (was that her name?) progress towards freedom from depression and a bad childhood. Yes, it was set in the framework of a spy novel, which is fun, but the real story is what happens to her on the inside.
I thought Gilman did an excellent job of conveying how the world seemed like to Melissa at the beginning of her journey and how it seemed to her at the end. Often it seems like people suffering from depression and people who are not are totally unable to communicate, really unable to see the world from the other's perspective however much they try. I especially liked the insight that she couldn't truly love or see other people as they were until she got over herself. Melissa felt like a real individual to me. She wasn't perfect or predictable but she was likable and special.
On the down side, I suppose that if you weren't in the mood for this sort of book, then the continuous introspection and Melissa's initial fear and inability to deal with the world could be a bit tiresome. But if I'm in an introspective mood myself, or if it's a rainy day and I want something to match, this is a lovely book. Quite uplifting.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96229f3c) out of 5 stars Excellent read 2 April 2005
By JC - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book was fantastic. As some of the other reviewers noted, it is very different from her Mrs. Pollifax series, and it is somewhat remarkable that one person could write both books. The Pollifax books are entertaining and a good tickle once in a while. This book on the other hand is all about the characters. It is as if you are actually inside the mind of the heroine, and you experience all her deep discoveries about her soul.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x963b0ab0) out of 5 stars Inspiring and engaging 19 Oct. 2004
By Skye Ridley - Published on
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Those who gave this book a bad review are unfairly comparing it to Gilman's other books. Give her a break! This book is a completely different genre and should only be evaluated in that context. I considered it one of those rare stories that is sweet and insipiring without being corny or insipid. Anyone who has struggled inwardly with self-esteem or has had some trepidation about travelling alone (and come on, folks, isn't that somewhat true of all of us?) will find this an engaging read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9622b1e0) out of 5 stars A look behind Dorothy Gilman 28 Feb. 2012
By Alex S - Published on
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While this particular story is not as much "fun" as the other Gilman novels, it carries a heavy dose of Mrs. Gilman's personality and biography within it. If you have read A New Kind of Country, you will recognize Dorothy herself in the protagonist.

In fact, after reading this novel and A New Kind of Country, it is fun to go back to her other novels and see more of her own personality slipping in. In the Mrs. Polifax novels, the earlier ones are more reflective of the author, while the later ones are more imaginative creations.

Enjoyable, but not the same quirkiness that we have come to expect.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9622b420) out of 5 stars An introspective journey 27 May 2006
By Julie Norman - Published on
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If you're looking for a slower-paced introspective story about a woman's journy to "finding herself," with a little mystery and travel thrown in, then this book is for you.

This is a little different from Gilman's other stories, where action and mystery set the stage. This one is about a woman who is coming out of a difficult past and forcing herself to be real again. At times it seemed to be wordy, but it was all to develop the character and the journey.

I found it a good read and sympathized with the character. Not that I had gone through what she has, but we all have our darker times. She started as a selfish silly woman into someone who was sufficient and finaly took responsibility for herself. This is well worth the time to take to read.
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