I know that Janelle Taylor's westerns are very popular with many
readers, but I've never really understood their appeal. I've tried
three, maybe four, of her books, and never been able to finish a one.
(This is very unusual for me since I have this strange compulsion to
finish any book I start.) Thus, I am somewhat surprised to see the 4
Hearts at the beginning of this review.
But Someday Soon passed my "pick up/put down" test with flying
colors. Even in the midst of Christmas madness and final exam week, I
found myself reaching for the book whenever I had a free moment. Maybe
I'm a sucker for "Hollywood" books; maybe I needed the pure escapism
that the book offers. But this contemporary romance is the first Taylor
that I have enjoyed and I enjoyed it a lot.
The heroine is Camilla (Cammie) Merrill, an actress with a continuing
role in a night time soap. She is about to be written out of the show,
thanks at least in part to the machinations of her smarmy ex, Paul.
Paul, who dreams of playing in the Hollywood big leagues, tells her that
he is really doing her a favor. The hottest film producers want her for
a juicy role in their next film. But there is one catch; they want
Tyler Stovall to play the male lead and they think that Cammie is the
one to lure him back to Hollywood. Her getting the part depends on her
finding the missing Ty.
Ten years earlier Tyler had been the Leonardo DiCaprio of his day. He
had become a mega star and a teeny bopper heart throb, rivaling the
popularity of his matinee idol father, Samuel. Then, he had simply
disappeared. No one knows where he fled, but his reappearance would
be a public relations triumph.
Why Cammie? Well, her mother had been Sam Stovall's second (or was it
third?) wife, and for several years, Cammie and Ty had been
step-siblings and had been very close. But when the marriage had ended and
Ty seemed to take his father's side, the two had lost contact. What no one knows
is that one night, right before his disappearance, Cammie had visited Ty, found him
desperately unhappy and drowning his sorrows with scotch, and, when he
reached for her seeking comfort, she had not resisted.
This one night had been a defining moment for Cammie, although she
doubts that Ty even remembered what had happened. But the promised role
ignites in Cammie a need to find out what has happened to the man whom
she has been unable to forget. And when Sam offers her the chance to
find him (Sam has finally tracked his son down), she decides to seek him
Tyler has spent the past ten years in a small town in British Columbia.
He had fled the corruption and betrayals that characterize life in
tinsel town. Ty has established a life for himself but has begun to
wonder if he is ready to resume his own identity. Thus, Cammie's
arrival on his doorstep provides the catalyst for his reevaluating his
life. He also finds that the love he felt for the teenager has become
something more when he confronts the lovely woman she has become.
Cammie discovers that her feelings for Ty have not changed. But she
faces a dilemma. While she sought Ty out for his own sake, there is the
fact that she seems to have had an ulterior motive: the promised role.
Will he understand? And when Sam appears script in hand, Ty seems to
see it as one more betrayal. Can she convince him that she truly loves
There is a lot more to this story as well. Taylor makes good use of
flashbacks to explain and illuminate the characters' feelings and
behavior. We understand both Cammie's feelings and Ty's actions. And
she paints a fine picture of the feeding frenzy that accompanies fame
Taylor also creates a fine cast of secondary characters. The most
compelling is Samuel Stovall, a man of enormous ego whose selfishness is
legendary but who ends up strangely likable. Ty's coming to terms with
his father is key to his ability to accept himself and his future.
In many ways, Someday Soon resembles a Hollywood soap opera.
There is scarcely a plot device that Taylor doesn't use. But she kept
me turning the pages and provided me with the diversion I needed when
all those blue books and all the pressures of shopping and baking and
wrapping were getting to me. If you need diversion and pure escapism,
Someday Soon may be just the prescription for the winter blahs.