The End of Sunshine Street by Johanna Constance Hunt

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Sometimes you can tell a book by its cover: the bright warm glitz of Palm Beach displaying its own peculiar taste and charm, but with just a little something wrong--and, of course, a hurricane on the way. Palm Beach is the off-center focus of this book. Judy first escaped the bleak Maine winters to Florida and then, through an unexpected holiday romance in Peru, made the more difficult escape from struggling middle-class Lake Worth to neighboring Palm Beach.

If Sunshine Street were only a romance it would have ended there, but will Judy and her new husband--the dwarf-kitten millionaire--live happily, or even "ever after"?

Judy is a good wife and a good friend, but not quite ideal in either role. She is not obsessive about dusting. She is only mostly, but not always, there for you when you need to talk. More worryingly, if your continued existence would inconvenience Judy then you can expect to die. She is as dangerous to be around as a female Ripley but has a more nuanced morality (who, after all, does not?) and, if any of it ever does come to trial, a more interesting and almost plausible defense.

This is a novel that is impossible to characterize: romance, mystery, thriller? Life is like that.

About Johanna Constance Hunt

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published May 3, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 309 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Sam visits Judy unannounced and fatally chokes on a fish bone during a heated conversation about their crumbling marriage, Judy does nothing to save him.

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