Outside the Lines: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 7, 2012 - Fiction - 358 pages
22 Reviews
A gripping novel about a woman who sets out to find the father who left her years ago, and ends up discovering herself.

When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parentsí divorce, and David all but vanished from Edenís life.†

Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that heís been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately there has been no word at all. After a series of failed romantic relationships and a health scare from her mother, Eden decides itís time to find her father, to forgive him at last, and move forward with her own life. Her search takes her to†a downtown Seattle homeless shelter, and to Jack Baker, its handsome and charming director. Jack convinces Eden to volunteer her skills as a professional chef with the shelter. In return, he helps her in her quest.†

As the connection between Eden and Jack grows stronger, and their investigation brings them closer to David, Eden must come to terms with her true emotions, the secrets her mother has kept from her, and the painful question of whether her father, after all these years, even wants to be found. The result is an emotionally rich and honest novel about making peace with the pastóand embracing the future.

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

Good but not great. Too happily-ever-after, but did have many more realistic components and could have been a lot worse! A somewhat romantic view of father-daughter relationships. Read full review

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User Review  - Milissa - Goodreads

I. could. not. put. this. book. down. I might be more fascinated than most when it comes to "the human mind." The ability to think is amazing...and something people just take for granted. So a story ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Amy Hatvany is the author of three other novels, including Best Kept Secret. She lives in Seattle with her family.

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