Question of the
If people who read books on paper are called bookworms,
then are people who
listen to cassette books called tapeworms?
Audio books are
considered to be the fastest-growing segment in the publishing industry, growing
75 percent since 1995 and representing $2 billion in annual sales, according to
the Audio Publishers Association (APA).
Haywood accepts her "Woman of the Year" award, she is truly happy for the
first time in years. Finally she is being recognized: for building a
homemaking empire of bestselling books, a top-rated television show, and an
award-winning magazine. She has inspired women worldwide to serve homemade
apple brown betty, to stencil their bathroom walls with pastel designs, to
grow dozens of varieties of peonies in their backyard gardens. She is a role
model to millions. But as she dutifully thanks her family in her acceptance
speech, she has the nagging sense that something is missing. She knows that
she hasn't been a perfect wife and mother, and she resolves to spend more
quality time with her family, to have them come first for a change.
But that very night, her dream is destroyed. Peter, the literary agent
who pitched Kate's first bestseller back in the 1980s, leaves her after more
than twenty-five years of marriage. Kate's life is shattered. She is alone,
and she knows that her critics are laughing as the dirty laundry of the
world's most successful homemaker is hung out to dry.
Slowly, supported by the love of her daughter, Samantha, she fights
back. But she has a decision to make. Is her business enough to keep her
happy? Or should she put her career on a back burner and battle to save her
marriage? Complicating matters, Steve Gardiner, a handsome sculptor, enters
the picture and unlocks the passions that Kate hasn't felt in years. When
shocking events conspire to deepen her bonds with both Steve and Peter, Kate
is forced to decide between two very different lives. Safety, security, and
family - or desire, excitement, and mystery......