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Top TV anchorwoman Melanie Adams had given up on love after a failed marriage and an unhappy affair. With her two teenage children and her television news career, she had no room in her life for a man. Then she met famous heart surgeon Peter Hallam, a widower with three children of his own. Suddenly Melanie was experiencing feelings she thought were gone forever. But two families (one in New York and one in Los Angeles), two exciting careers, and two strong-willed people were too much to handle. And Melanie faced a painful choice between her glamorous life in the public eye, her private life, the needs of her family, and the new family she took on. Changes lead each of them to new places, new problems, new people, and the new life they begin.
time with the girls, particularly the twins. Jessica’s speech hadn’t gone unheeded at the time of Val’s abortion. She had accused her mother of being more interested in Peter’s children than them and now Mel was trying to shift the balance. But she sensed that Pam seemed to feel put aside, and she noticed her ganging up on her with Mrs. Hahn whenever she could, and to alleviate that, Mel attempted to include Pam with the twins whenever possible, but it was difficult to keep everyone happy, and
and driven home on the freeway at a hundred and fifteen. And when they picked him up for speeding, he didn’t give a damn. He didn’t care about anything then … except her … and what she wouldn’t let him do. He had been so vague when the highway patrol stopped him that they made him get out of the car and walk a straight line. But he wasn’t drunk, he was numb with pain. They had let him go with a citation and a stiff fine, and he had gone home to wander through the house, thinking of her, aching
instant Mel found herself wondering if he was attracted to her. But his style with her had no sexual overtones, it was just that he seemed to care so much, and one had the feeling that they had known each other for years, which Mel knew wasn’t the case. It was a striking case of there being an extraordinary kind of rapport between them. After a little while Marie seemed more peaceful than she had been before, and her eyes reached out to Mel. “Thank you for coming by to see me again, Miss Adams.”
Mel then, although he glanced once at the camera crew, and seemed satisfied at where they stood. And then everything got under way, as Mel watched in fascination. Peter constantly glanced at the monitors and gave a constant series of orders to his team. They moved in total unison like an intricate ballet of hands, with instruments being passed to him from an enormous tray. Melanie looked away when they made the first incision, but after that she was drawn to the intensity of the scene, and hour
when her secretary came to tell her that there was a call for her, she went back into her office and picked up the phone without sitting down, and answered absentmindedly, glancing at the memos on her desk. “Adams here.” There was a moment’s pause, as though she’d thrown someone off with the brusque words, and she heard a long-distance purr. But she didn’t even have time to wonder who it was. “Is this a bad time?” She recognized the voice instantly and sat down, surprised to hear from him.