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Too Close by [Krall, Elizabeth]
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Three weeks before their wedding day, Nicola and Greg discover that they may have the same mother. 

If they really are half-siblings, they face a devastating choice: break all of society's rules and fight for their love, or break their hearts and give each other up. A DNA test will reveal the truth, but their love is tested to the breaking point during the agonizing wait for the answer. Nicola is prepared to do anything to stay together; Greg sees only the sin.
Yet, if they do not have each other, they have nothing. Only together can they triumph over adversity.

'Too Close' will take you on an emotional roller coaster and make you question the rules that dictate who you are allowed to love.

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  • Print Length: 259 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6AE1E4
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Insurmountable Obstacle? 3 June 2013
By Cherokee Randolph - Published on
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Nicola works as travel editor for a large newspaper in San Francisco. She is somewhere in her thirties, reasonably satisfied with her life, but recovering from a love affair that went bad and resulted in her lover leaving her for her (female) boss (which is how she got promoted to her job). As a result of this experience, she has made herself a vow never to date anyone who works for her company.

When she meets Greg (so much physically like a male version of herself that many people remark about the resemblance) she begins to question her resolve about this self-made rule. The first part of the book is about the growth of their attraction to each other and the overcoming of Nicola's reluctance.

She is a runner and a lover of plants. He lives on a boat and is interested in sailing. Her particular friends are a French couple with a child, his an American couple with a child. He is a church goer (at least some of the time). She is not. Neither of them lives with both natural parents. He has a step- father and she is adopted. They have many differences but none seem very serious. They are very much alike and they become lovers.

Both of them want to have children and it is after they decide to marry and the inevitable introductions to their two families take place that the real trouble surfaces. Everything goes well with Nicola's family. They all like Greg and he gets along with them. When he takes her home to Seattle everything seems fine again. It is when Greg's mother learns that Nicola was adopted and when and where she was born, that the pieces begin to fall into place and the uncanny resemblance between Greg and Nicola leads to his mother's confession. Greg's mother, Mona, it turns out was not always the charming and upstanding church-goer she now seems to be. She is actually the survivor of a harrowing youth as a run-away groupie with a musical group and had given birth in desperate circumstances to a baby girl whom she then abandoned.

The seemingly far-fetched likelihood that Greg and Nicola are half- brother and sister suddenly becomes a real possibility. If it doesn't really become very believable to the reader, at least the fact that the horrified young couple and their families might find it believable is reasonably convincing.

Everything is different now. While they wait for the results from DNA testing, all the family relationships are tested not to mention the central love affair itself. At first everyone assumes that, in the event it turns out the lovers are siblings, they will separate. It is Nicola's French friend, Helene, who suggests that since they have been having sex all along anyway and since (if they adopted children instead of procreating) it really might not have to be such an obstacle to their love as it seemed. Nicola is initially horrified by this idea, but comes to accept it. When she suggests it to Greg he is even more horrified and cannot seem to accept it. Their philosophical-religious differences surface. The specter of family disapproval and even rejection arises. They fight with each other and their relationships with the various members of both families change.

It is this part of the book that I found most interesting and most convincing. A love story has to have problems, otherwise it's not a story. Although it seems far-fetched, once this problem is accepted as a possibility it becomes a more interesting one for making their differences more compelling and more believable than many. The author writes well--clearly and in excellent English. I don't read many romance novels so it's difficult for me to say how it may read to readers who are particularly fond of that genre, but I found it interesting and enjoyable.
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Close 28 February 2013
By sheila - Published on
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is the first one of her works I have read. She certainly has done her research to the places they travelled to which makes it more interesting if you too have been to the same areas. Kept me interested to the end. Will read more of her books.
4.0 out of 5 stars keeps you guessing 11 February 2014
By catangel - Published on
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Thought book was good kept you on your toes until the end. Would recommend this to friends
For a interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Story!! 29 December 2014
By Evie - Published on
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From the beginning of Nicola and Greg's relationship there were coincidences. They bore a physical resemblance to one another. Nicola shared a tomato allergy with Greg's mother, Mona. Only after the couple became engaged did Nicola meet Mona. They, too, resemble each other physically. When Mona learns Nicola was adopted she begins to suspect Nicola might be the daughter she gave birth to and gave up thirty-six years ago. Too Close, the novel by Elizabeth Krall, is a story of the unimaginable. Is it possible that Greg and Nicola have the same mother? Nicola and Mona agree to have DNA testing. Emotions run high for everyone during the excruciating wait for the results. Ever present is the question of what happens if the test results show the couple is related?

This is a story about a sensitive issue and the author tells it with grace and dignity. The characters are realistic. Their emotions, reactions and fears are clearly presented. This is a powerful novel in that the reader can't help but wondering "What would I do if I found myself in a similar situation?" As for what happens with Nicola and Greg- you'll have to read the book and I do recommend reading this book.

I received this book for free through LibraryThing and I give this review of my own free will.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and disturbing 29 March 2013
By The Romance Reviews - Published on
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What would you do if you found out the person you're about to marry might be your half-brother? How would you feel? Do you think the relationship would survive those doubts, tough time, the pressure - even if it's not true? Would you fight for your love? Or would you run the other way? Is it the greatest taboo for you too?

Are you intrigued yet?

Greg and Nicola met at a bar, where everyone from work goes for a drink on Friday nights. Although Greg was attracted to Nicola immediately, he was told she doesn't go out with her colleagues, ever since her ex-boyfriend cheated on her with her boss. Still, Greg is determined to change her mind, and what starts off as a friendship soon turns into a relationship. Six months later, they become engaged. It does seem a bit rushed, but they are great together, love each other, so why wait?

Three weeks before the wedding, it's time for Nicola to meet Greg's family. Everything is going great, but once she tells them she's adopted, things suddenly become a lot more complicated. Greg's mother Mona shares secrets from her past, that are about to rock their world. Could Nicola really be Mona's daughter? Yes, she's the right age. Yes, they look alike, and many people even thought Nicola and Greg are siblings. But that still doesn't mean anything, right? Or wrong? They have two weeks, until the DNA test results arrive, to find out.

The theme of this book is both refreshing and disturbing. You can't help but wonder - how would you react, what would you do... what will happen to them? What started off as a light and cute romance, turned into a gripping pageturner and made me finish the story in one sitting.

I liked both Greg and Nicole. Their love was so obvious, which made their fights, struggle to cope with the situation, and the effect it had on them and their families and friends, even harder. Ms. Krall did an amazing job portraying the characters. Such a sensitive topic may have been too much to deal with, but it somehow never felt wrong. I just kept hoping there's a way for them to stay together, no matter what.

If you're looking for a not-so-typical romance, don't miss this book. TOO CLOSE is an incredible story that will make you question a lot of things, none of which will feel wrong all of a sudden. Because that's what true love is supposed to be about, right? It should conquer all.

Reviewed by Rain

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