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No More Lonely Nights takes the reader to the era of the popular television series Mad Men Heroine Dominiue Avallon has been raised in the opulent French expatriate community of WWII Egypt But revolution and a doomed love affair with a British officer drive her into an arranged marriage with an older man who promises her a new life in America Chafing under the stern gaze of her aristocratic mother she is ready to escape the danger and heartbreak of EgyptWhen Dominiue discovers her husband is a fraud she flees their home in San Francisco for New York For the first time she is alone and impoverished Desperate she puts her glamorous experience to use and triumphs as the mastermind behind sparkling galas for the city's most stylish department storeHer good luck seems confirmed when a devilishly handsome New Orleans shipping heir sweeps her off her feet into marriage But when her fairy tale becomes tarnished her self reliance is tested again only now she has her mother and her daughter depending on herThe homemakers of the 1950s and '60s have become the career women of the '70s and '80s Facing hard times once Dominiue must hurry to catch up fighting for her true identity and career Yet even as her struggling career starts to succeed Dominiue is faced with her most difficult choice yet Will she risk her hard won independence for the possibility of another chance at love? No More Lonely Nights is inspired by the true story of the author's mother and grandmother and their tales of the glamour they once knew

10 thoughts on “No More Lonely Nights

  1. says:

    No More Lonely Nights is not my genre of choice but the book came highly recommended I stuck a careful toe in courtesy of 's Look Inside and found myself teleported to the teak rail of a departing steamer in Alexandria Harbor circa 1956 with full sensory input and exotic panorama I was seeing everything through the eyes of an irresistible ingénue Dominiue Avallon just embarking on the adventure of her life No way I was jumping ship till the voyage was overLet me say it straight out Nicole McGehee is an enchantress of a storyteller She writes in cinematic scenes each infused with powerful and persuasive emotion ranging from romantic ecstasy to a depth of heartbreak at times almost unbearable to read Scenes are rendered with a descriptive skill that dissolves words and phrases into immediate sensation and emotion With Dominiue we move through the elegantly observed homes and offices and playgrounds of the rich and powerful in a series of great cities Cairo San Francisco Manhattan New Orleans and Washington But the power of the story is in the vivid characters and none vivid than Dominiue whose fighting spirit in every crisis of her turbulent life reminds one of Scarlett O'Hara From another book outside my genre of choice that I couldn't put down

  2. says:

    There are many reasons why I love this book• The eras and the settings Nicole writes with such warmth and so vividly that I can picture myself in the times and the places Being from Alexandria myself the beginning of the book set in this city had particular resonance I also loved the American cityscapes• The writing style Beautiful passionate evocative intelligent – a real pleasure to read I love especially the description which really transports you as reader into the actionFor exampleNothing about the morning presaged trouble The sun was already high in the cloudless blue sky as Dominiue waited at the bus stop for the shuttle to the base Vendors with pushcarts passed by chanting their wares ripe juicy fruit hashish and fresh baked bread warm and aromatic from the oven • The romance This is epic romance – a realistic story than your average uick grab romance in which the heroine meets Mr Right and then after little than a minor hiccup sails off into the sunset with him This is romance spanning a good proportion of womanhood in which the writer expertly introduces four men into Dominiue’s life to en masse romance limit charm and challenge her The journey she goes on is a powerful one that will speak to many readers The incurable romantic in me was a little sad that her first love was not ultimately her ‘happy ever after’ – but the actual ending is much meaningful and right than that would have been• The ‘herstory’ angle This is much than a romance; this book is about women – three generations by the end – and how they fare in the modern world set against the world they left behind in Egypt I found the relationship between Dominiue and her mother especially fascinating and than once I teared up during a scene between them I championed Dominiue as a working independent woman throughout and was really interested to read of her career path For Nicole knows that we women reading aren’t only interested in a love interest but also in career and family and personal identity My favourite thing about the book? There is no dashing hero who sweeps in to rescue Dominiue She rescues herselfOverall a real gem of a book timeless and poignant One to get lost in and one to keep on the shelf to re read in the years to come

  3. says:

    ILOVETHISBOOKMs McGehee has a way to pull you into the story like you are right there as an active character of the storyThe setting of this story is the past but I felt as if it was the present It's so real it makes you forget the setting well over 60 years ago The romance is just beautiful And the characters I LOVE Dominiue She is such a strong character just empoweringThe traveling what an amazing journeyHands down go grab this book Grab your drink and get comfy You won't put it down until you are at the end

  4. says:

    A tale that showcases the twists and turns of romantic relationships with a strong protagonist and all the nuances of the love and support of family Most importantly this story differentiates real love demonstrationg that generosity respect freedom and joy win the day Another page turner by Nicole McGehee AFR

  5. says:

    This was an OK book not gripping but pleasant The story is a bit forced