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The Reserve

The Reserve
Banks, Russell
Harpercollins
Publish date: 2008-02-01
$24.95
61430250
Hardcover

Synopsis:

Twenty-nine-year-old Vanessa Cole is a wild, stunningly beautiful heiress, the adopted only child of a highly regarded New York brain surgeon and his socialite wifeTwice married, Vanessa has been scandalously linked to any number of rich and famous menBut on the night of July 4, 1936, at her parents' country home in a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The Reserve, two events coincide to permanently alter the course of Vanessa's callow life: her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, and a mysteriously seductive local artist, Jordan Groves, blithely lands his Waco biplane in the pristine waters of the forbidden Upper Lake.

Review:

Russell Bank's sharp witted new novel, The Reserve (HarperCollins) raises dangerous questions about class, politics, art, love and madnessThe madness was one of my favorite partsWhat happens when two incredibly powerful personalities at opposite ends of the social spectrum start breaking all the rules; and I mean all the rules? The setting for this intriguing novel is a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The ReserveIt is the summer home to Venessa Cole and her father, a highly regarded New York brain surgeon, and his socialite wifeNow enters a highly entertaining yet emotionally unstable cast of characters including internationally renowned artist Jordan Groves, his wife and the unsuspecting woodsman/guide who stumbles into a web form which he cannot easily extricate himselfUnhinged by her father's unexpected death, Venessa spins wildly out of control, manipulating and ultimately destroying the lives of all who cross her pathThe Reserve is a clever and passionately romantic novel of suspense that adds yet another fascinating dimension to this author's extraordinary repertoireAlso by Russell Banks: Cloudsplitter, The Darling, Sweet Hereafter.

   
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