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Julie Sarkissian on the protagonist in DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

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Betrayal

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

Nicola is very young and completely bewitched by the well-knownnovelist, Laurence Gray. He lifts her out of the suburbs into hisspoiled luxury world. He leads and she follows, despite the protests ofher family.But Nicola has to grow up very fast with Laurence's wife and daughter inthe foreground, and worse still, the slow awareness that Laurence is aman of short-lived passions.A sweeping tale from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance,originally published in 1936 and now available for the first time ineBook.

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Chateau of Flowers

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

In keeping with her father's dying wish, Laura goes to live at the family chateau in France.But the happiness she hoped for eluded her. Instead she is mistreated by her own relatives. Ordered about by her aunts, envied by an indulged cousin, Laura finds very little pleasure... Will her one chance for love be denied?

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Climb to the Stars

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Come Back Yesterday

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Could I forget

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Moment of Love

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

She was just his private secretary - would he ever know how mach sheloved him?Christa might have thought herself lucky. She spent every working daywith Stephen Harrimay - the brilliant young executive - the man sheadored.But Christa was only his private secretary. Each evening he left herbehind for society's most glamorous women - fast, beautiful wealthywomaen - who could challenge his brilliance, and further his career.Christa watched as he led his whirlwind life with the beautiful and therich, knowing that all she could offer was her calm, deep love. Shecould only watch, wait and hope for the moment Stephen would stop, andreally see her for the first time...A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen ofRomance, first published in 1964, and available now for the first time ineBook.

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Bride of Revenge

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Bitter Sweet

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

Her love affair had been unhappy.In order to forget Clifford Culver, the beautiful and tempestuous Raine is sent to stay with her grandmother in the South of France, little realising that Clifford is a handsome philanderer playing a double game in order to get his hands on the fortune that she will one day inherit.His duplicity is discovered by a young Frenchman who has already fallen passionately in love with Raine, but the situation is to become even more tragic and involved before they find the love and happiness they both desire.

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Blaze of Love

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

When Sonia Gayle travels by sea to meet Harry, her fiancé, in the Belgian Congo, she turns her back on Revel Dacre, the most fascinating man on board. She soon discovers that Dacre is Harry's employer and one of the most influential men in the country. It is Revel's turn to take revenge, but in doing so he realises that Sonia is the only woman in the world for him.

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Enchanted Island

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Escape to Love

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

Storm Castle - home of the Trevarwiths - on the wild Cornish coast. A bride and bridegroom driving up to the doors...a white-faced child peering from a turret window... the first dread meeting between the bride and her red-haired vixen of a step-mother...In later years, after the death of Celia Trevarwith's father, during the Second World War, Paul Manton comes to the district. A Free-French fisherman; he falls madly in love with Celia. She then embarks on a passionate struggle for her love and happiness with Paul, always up against her step-mother's opposition.

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Dark Secret Love

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Desert Rapture

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Do Not Go My Love

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Dance in the Dust

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

A sweeping historical novel from the Queen of Romance, originally published in 1959 and now available for the first time in eBook. Seduction, betrayal, rapture.Esmond, Earl of Mornbury and the handsomest man in all England, had renounced his elegantly reckless lifestyle - only to be shattered by a cruel tragedy. Grief-stricken, he resumed his dissolute living and fought a deadly duel before retreating to a monastery to suffer alone.But now Queen Anne urges marriage upon him, and Esmond's thoughts turn to the lovely Magda, whom he has seen just once, but who captured his interest and desire. The preparations for the match are put in place. But a shocking discovery awaits Esmond on his wedding day... a revelation that will put love to the ultimate test.He is England's most charming rogue - she is treachery's pawn. They thought nothing could stand between them - but will her terrible betrayal destroy their love?

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Dark Corridor

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

A captivating love story from the 100-million copy bestselling Queen of Romance - originally published in 1974 and now available for the first time in eBook. Corisande Gilroy is engaged to the most wonderful man in the world - handsome, debonair Martin.But when Corrie meets him at the hotel in Madeira for a holiday, he isn't there. His room is empty, his suitcase only half unpacked - it is as if he vanished into thin air. There is no trace of him despite all the efforts of the local police.Faced with this mystery, Corrie is plunged into an agony of love and fear. Has she lost Martin to the dark corridor that has haunted her dreams?

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Dear Loyalty

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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Dust of Dreams

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins
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The Enduring Flame

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

A sweeping tale from the original Queen of Romance, originally published in 1929 and now available in eBook for the first time. Joanna is distraught when Richard leaves. It is difficult to be brave, knowing he is returning to his wife. The decision seemed right; but alone now, she writhes in the torment of separation. The vast wastes of snow and spruce stretch out into the black of the moonless Arctic night and Joanna loses herself in the overwhelming expanse...Suddenly, a sled pulls up to the cabin and stops. A man in furs jumps off and shakes back the hood to reveal a face that Joanna once knew... a face that now makes her heart beat faster in terror.

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Family Holiday

Denise Robins
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Denise Robins

A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1937 and now available for the first time in eBook. Summer brings the holiday with Guy and the children - just like every other year. But it also brings that chance meeting with Blake Randall, the young officer Clare had loved so deeply and yet so fleetingly all those years ago in a wartime hospital.He has not become boring like Guy, the kindly but unexciting doctor she married. Blake has retained the spark of youth; the spark Clare still feels within herself...