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Past Lies
by Bobby Hutchinson
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Harlequin, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

Ivy Pierce and her father Tom work together at Raven Lodge, Alaska, entertaining tourists. They're in a remote part of the state, where access is only by boat or helicopter. Ivy spends a lot of her time taking visitors up in their rented helicopter, for a better view of the cold beautiful wilderness that surrounds the lodge. Ivy and Tom are close, and both love the cold, stark arctic land.

Along comes Alex from San Diego, in search of answers about a father he never knew. Alex is a city-boy, who does not belong in the wilds of Alaska. Though he and Ivy fall for each other, Alex is clear about his need to stay uncommitted. He is still dealing with the death of his three-year old daughter, the subsequent divorce from his wife, and now the knowledge that the man he thought of as his dad was not his biological father. He is in Alaska to find out the truth about his real father, the one he never knew existed until just recently. His world has turned upside down, and a new relationship is the last thing he thinks he needs.

While I enjoyed this romance, I had a hard time buying Ivy's mother's supermodel history. Frances' background seemed added as a last minute device to shock the reader. However, I did enjoy reading about Alaska and the tourist operation Ivy and her father ran, and found her relationships with both parents (a strained one with her mother, and a close one with her father) credible. The main plot line, the mystery behind Alex's biological father, kept me riveted to the book. Past Lies gave a great look into life in the wilds of Alaska, with a good mystery to be solved.

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