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Charlotte Vale Allen.

Toronto, Seal Books, c1983.
380pp, paper, $3.95.
ISBN 0-7704-1821-X.

Reviewed by donalee Moulton-Barrett.

Volume 11 Number 6.
1983 November.

Meet Me in Time is a boring, simplistic story, with cliched characters and trite solutions to life's serious problems. At the heart of the novel is sex, sex, and more sex. Even if Charlotte Vale Alien can't write, she knows what sells. She'll make a bundle on this one.

Glenn Burgess is the protagonist (for lack of any other word) in the novel, and we follow her through a traumatic, intense childhood into a traumatic, intense adulthood. Ho Hum.

Glenn becomes an alcoholic. (How original!) She loses her ability to separate the past from the here and now. (Who cares?) She worries her friends, scares her family, alienates her partner. (Big deal.) But then in ten short pages all the wrongs of the last 370 pages are swept away. Alien makes Glenn see the light (through sex of course), and everybody lives happily ever after-except the reviewer who had to wade through this drivel.

Most sexually mature Harlequins, while sentimental and predictable like Meet Me In Time, have good characterization and action plots. NoiMeetMeln Time. It has underdeveloped cardboard characters and page after tedious page where nothing of significance or interest takes place. Unless you count sex, of course. If you do, you just might get through Meet Me In Time. But I wouldn't bet on it.

donalee Moulton-Barrett, Halifax, NS.
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