Dear Listener: Jade Star, the final novel of the Star series, first appeared in May 1987. Saint Morris has always been my favorite character among all the wonderful San Francisco men. He is fascinating, honorable, and sexy-the perfect hero. Saint first meets Juliana DuPres on the island of Maui when he is a very young doctor, just landed off a whaler, and she is the thirteen-year-old daughter of an impossibly puritanical minister. When he leaves Maui he takes the girl's heart with him. When Saint sees Juliana again it is six years later and she is being sold in a slave auction in San Francisco. He saves her, then returns her to her parents on Maui. But there is no welcome home for Juliana. She is an outcast, reviled by her family, considered no better than a prostitute. What is Saint to do? He does what any honorable man would do-he marries her and takes her back to San Francisco. He likes to think of himself as her protector and her brother. Juliana has other ideas. Now their adventures begin. In Jade Star you will see again the full cast of characters from the other San Francisco novels. I do hope you'll write and tell me which are your favorites. Catherine Coulter
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by Catherine Coulter
"Jewel is kidnapped and taken from Hawaii to San Francisco by evil traders who plan to sell her for top dollar. Her childhood friend, now a doctor living in San Francisco, saves her from a life of shame by rescuing and marrying her. Narrator Chloe Campbell's clear voice and dramatic reading convey the tense moments in this romance. Though Campbell achieves strong differentiation between the characters--which is impressive given the large number of men--sometimes it's difficult to recognize the narrative voice. Further, Campbell occasionally slips into a distractingly childlike voice for Jewel, but, for the most part, her portrayal of Jewel's inquisitive and innocent nature is consistent. M.F. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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