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  • By Judith E. Vido
    Jun 30, 2006
    A LIVING HEART by Judith E. Vido Reviewed by Michael LaRocca "Single, Hispanic male, mid-forties, attractive, financially independent, seeks single Hispanic or white female for business arrangement, contractual marriage. Duration three to four months. Ample financial compensation for right applicant." Judith Reece decides to answer this personal ad. She's an insulin-dependent diabetic who is blind. She needs a great deal of money. Sebastian Calderon is the wealthy fashion designer who placed the ad. He is handsome, sophisticated, charming and witty. He grieves the late Isabelle, but he needs a temporary wife. Judith and Sebastian achieve their immediate needs and discover a future hitherto blocked by the pain of abandonment and loss. However, secrets from the past are motivating others. Behind the scenes they wait and watch... and manipulate Judith and Sebastian's unfolding relationship. Romance is not my genre of choice, but I found this highly... More > readable. In fact, I don't especially like classifying books by their genres. It's akin to dismissing them. And that, incidentally, is why I love ebooks. We cross genre lines at will. (This book is available in both paperback and ebook.) To define a person as "blind" and then to stop your definition right there is just plain wrong. Perhaps you already knew that, but I've never met you. Judith lost her sight, but not who she is. She's still the girl who rebelled against her parents, who fell into the bad marriage, who has other regrets about her past. She's still the survivor she always was, though, and a good person who you would enjoy meeting and knowing. She loves singing, walking in the park with her wonderful dog... In short, she loves life, and she has the ability to remind the reader to do the same. Author Judith Vido does a wonderful job of showing the reader how the blind function in our sighted world. She shows us ordinary things we all take for granted from her perspective. Newspapers, telephones, getting dressed, a walk in the park. Oddly enough, I saw parallels. Judith can't see. I live in a country where I can't talk. But we can accept help without losing our independence. You probably know that I have a soft spot for authors who can make the animals in their writing "real." In this case, it's a Seeing Eye dog, Tiki. Of course we know the relationship between a Seeing Eye dog and her person is special. But I feel like I understand it now. And of course I love Tiki.< Less
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1st Edition
Judith E. Vido
November 30, 2005
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.68 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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