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A novel about abandonment and passion, chronicling an imprudent but profound love, a maelstrom of family secrets, and a tragedy . . . This East Coast-West Coast tale tracks the conflicts between individual desire and societal expectations, weaving together the secrets, tragedies, and clandestine affairs of two families, one living in Maine, the other in California.In the sA novel about abandonment and passion, chronicling an imprudent but profound love, a maelstrom of family secrets, and a tragedy . . . This East Coast-West Coast tale tracks the conflicts between individual desire and societal expectations, weaving together the secrets, tragedies, and clandestine affairs of two families, one living in Maine, the other in California.In the summer of 1980, sixteen-year-old Kaia Matheson travels from her home in Berkeley to a small island off of Cape Cod for a family vacation. Kaia hopes to confront her divorced mother, Jean, about abandoning her in California, ostensibly to pursue a high-powered career in New York. However, Jean remains aloof and offers no apology for leaving Kaia in the custody of her controlling, alcoholic father. Intrigued by her rugged and intelligent cousin, Mark Karadonis, Kaia turns to him for companionship. Despite his misgivings, Mark is irresistibly attracted to his young cousin.When Mark arrives in Berkeley to start law school, the two cousins' involvement deepens. Kaia's father enters a relationship with Chandi Gupta, a lawyer who handles cases of child neglect and abandonment. Through Chandi, Kaia becomes interested in children's rights and a legal career. Eventually a devastating secret is revealed that threatens to unravel the lives of Kaia and Mark."Boundaries: A Love Story will have you torn between lingering over the beautifully crafted prose and rushing ahead to discover how several absorbing questions are resolved. The story of Kaia and Mark and the difficult decisions they face will lead you to think about the novel long after you've read the last page." --Susan Samuels Drake, Author, Fields of Courage and Wandering Amazed"Intriguing and touching, a beautiful story." --Bharti Kirchner, Author, Darjeeling and Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu MysteryChristine Z. Mason has published award-winning short fiction as well as numerous articles and book reviews. She is the author of a children's book, The Mystery of Nan Madol.Christine graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature and served in the Peace Corps in Micronesia as an art and photography instructor. She subsequently earned her J.D. at the University of California, Davis, and practiced appellate and constitutional law. She lives with her husband in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California; they have a son and a daughter....

Title : Boundaries: A Love Story
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ISBN : 9781611701364
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Boundaries: A Love Story Reviews

  • Jessica Avery
    2019-04-02 14:35

    I won a hard cover signed copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. I had never heard of the author but reading reviews and what the book was about made me enter. I'm so glad I won! This book is about forbidden love and secrets and the writing is great. I highly recommend this book!

  • Haiku Web
    2019-04-03 10:57

    In Boundaries: A Love Story, Christine Mason has woven an intriguing story that carries her plot with well defined characters sharing their different points of view. I found it so good, I made a cup of hot tea, crawled into bed and read the whole day. Of course I do not read that fast to finish it in one setting, but I did want to come back to read more and more as the story unfolds. If I would compare authors, I would say if you like Anita Shreve, you will like this new author's books too.

  • Maria Thomas
    2019-04-15 15:35

    Two sweet likeable young cousins attracted to each other and coping with a monster quartet of parents determined to keep them apart. Interesting theme of choice in who you love and impossibility of choosing who your parents are is worked out in various generational, sibling, and marital conflicts, Beautiful descriptions of contrasting east and west coast landscapes and lifestyles.

  • Jennifer johnson
    2019-03-23 11:51

    I won this as part of a Goodreads contest. I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but it really blew me away. The writing style was absolutely spot on and something I am not used to reading. It was a forbidden love story and about what can come of such things. I immensely enjoyed it, from the very first page to the last. I can't wait for Christine to come out with another book!

  • Sherry Lilly
    2019-04-04 14:01

    I won this book on a good reads contest. When I first started the book I was not to sure I was going to like. Not only did I like it Loved it, read it all in one setting. A book about 1st loves. 1st cousins falling in love (forbidden love by some) and there family trying to keep them apart.And then a death hits the family and baby comes from the forbidden love. Great story love it

  • Asia
    2019-03-29 14:58

    Boundaries is intensely heartfelt at times and at others, a delightful story of young lovers who struggle to keep it together, both in their own personal lives and in their relationship. It begins with a love story but is not necessarily just that. Mother-daughter, father-daughter, mother-son, father-son, sisters, in-laws, cousins -- dysfunctional families are indeed everywhere but this story is drenched with the secrets and deviations of the many relationships that go on, in the open and behind the curtains. Elisa, an enchanting mother suffering from manic depression, is my absolute favorite. Her story and her character, with so much pain and yet so much brightness, is eccentric and deeply moving that I've always had to know where she was in the story. Also, there's a lovely, classic atmosphere with the book being set in the 80's, though still a modern book, the absence of ubiquitous technology like cellphones or laptops and and the replacement with letters and that ache and excitement of waiting for a message back is refreshing to read about.Recommended to those with a taste for forbidden passions.

  • G. Kretchmer
    2019-03-25 09:59

    Christine Z. Mason’s debut novel is not your run-of-the-mill love story. It’s a coming-of-age story rife with family tensions resulting from a taboo relationship among cousins, mental illness, infidelity, and the impact of career on relationships, and Ms. Mason’s portrayal of the characters⎯some likeable and some despicable⎯in the face of these conflicts is spot on. Also, although set in the 1980’s, the author has found a way to incorporate issues, such as feminism, religion, domestic violence, and constitutional rights, that are just as relevant today as they were back then. Whether or not the reader agrees with the opinions and choices of the characters, the underlying moral questions raised demand consideration, and with Ms. Mason’s phenomenal command of the English language and beautiful prose, this is a novel that simply can’t be put down until it’s finished.

  • Karen Ackland
    2019-03-25 13:47

    The stakes remain high throughout this debut novel that chronicles an abiding love between first cousins and a family determined to keep them apart. When sixteen-year old Kaia Matheson and her twenty-two-year old cousin, Mark, fall in love, they face condemnation from their family and friends. Is it their youth or their family connection that spawns the disapproval? Or does their relationship threaten to expose other illicit connections in the family? Although told from multiple points of view, this is primarily Kaia’s story. We watch as she navigates the familiar tightrope for many women between romance and independence, family and career. Her steadfastness is admirable; her family despicable.

  • Erica
    2019-04-02 10:56

    This first novel by Santa Cruz writer Christine Mason is a must-read! From the first page, I was instantly intrigued by the story, a cross-continental story that details the romance between two first cousins and the life-long effects it has on the rest of their family. Not only is this novel well written and extremely impressive for a first-time author, it covers many different topics beyond just the romance between the two cousins. For instance, mental illness is explored and mother-daughter relationships are examined. I would highly recommend the novel to anyone; it's sexy, poignant, and an all-around page turner. Check it out!

  • Pamela Boersma
    2019-04-01 18:03

    I guess I'm kind of a prude, but I didn't care for the relationship between the first cousins. Just left me cold and, thus, completely uninterested in the characters. Infidelity between the sister and her brother-in-law was the icing on the cake for me. Didn't finish the book, moved on to something else.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-25 15:48

    I was very fortunate to win this book through a GR contest. While I enjoyed the idea of forbidden romance between cousins and the family drama involved in this story, I unfortunately found the two main characters somewhat difficult to relate to and cold at times. There is a large amount of time spent dealing with the fallout of the relationship and how it affects the parents, who have their own issues and secrets, that I wish the relationship and love story could have taken center stage. The story is well written and still worth the read.

  • Mackenzie Hanson
    2019-03-21 17:56

    I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I didn’t realize until I started reading it that it was about a romantic relationship between a teenage girl and her adult cousin. This book romanticizes incest and statutory rape. And if I weren’t grossed out enough, the verbiage used for both Kaia’s Dad and uncle thinking about her as sensual was just wrong. This book probably would have been good if it were about family friends instead of cousins and both parties were legal adults when they started sleeping together.

  • Carol
    2019-04-13 17:36

    I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads. Although I was unsure of the love between Kaia and Mark, it was so sweet and reminded me of when I met and fell in love myself for the first time. As I read, I enjoyed this more and more. I was so afraid the parents would win in their narrow way of thinking, and had to continue reading to find the ending I prayed was this interesting book, you will also want to see what happens!

  • Lloyd Russell
    2019-04-03 10:54

    I want to start this post by saying something pretty emphatically: I LOVE BEING A BOOK BLOGGER IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!!!!! Okay, now that I've calmed down a bit, I will say the same thing more quietly. We simply have an enormous amount of talented authors here that I get to meet and read and support. Don't get me wrong. I still enjoy the national giants - Silva, Baldacci (I'm reading The Target, Will Robie #3, now), Picoult, Griffin, Iles, Coben, etc. But I continually get introduced to local authors who can really write. The latest is Christine Z. Mason.How did I even meet Christine? Funny you should ask. She came to our VHOB Book Club (now Recycle Book Club) meeting in August to support Ellen Sussman. I met her there, and we struck up an email conversation. She offered to send me her book, and, because I'm very cheap, I jumped at the opportunity. I am so glad I did!I can never synopsize a book as well as Goodreads does. Here's what they say about Boundaries, A Love Story.A novel about abandonment and passion, chronicling an imprudent but profound love, a maelstrom of family secrets, and a tragedy . . . This East Coast-West Coast tale tracks the conflicts between individual desire and societal expectations, weaving together the secrets, tragedies, and clandestine affairs of two families, one living in Maine, the other in California.This book started right out making me feel at home. On page 6, the characters talk about Boston University, where my youngest, Lauren, went to school (and found her husband, Joe), and Boalt Hall, the law school on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Although I didn't go to law school there (I went to Santa Clara University - are you surprised? Shocked, even?), I did do my undergraduate there (I majored in history - not too useful in the job market, methinks). It was fun to see those references. Later in the book, there's even a mention of Solano Avenue, in Berkeley, which is right around the corner from where I grew up in Albany (from ages 5 to 14). I don't need to be able to relate to geographical landmarks to enjoy a book, but I don't dislike that either.I like the title of this book a lot; because it's about 1st cousins who start spending time together when he's 22, and she's only 16. And it actually is about their love story. Of course the title speaks for itself. But this is about a lot more than just the 2 main characters, Kaia and Mark. It's also about Mark's parents and Kaia's parents and their "interactions." There are a couple of ancillary people, like Chandi, Kaia's dad's girlfriend, and Sig, Kaia's best friend, both in the Bay Area. But, really, it's the 2 central figures and their 4 parents.You know, I would think some plots are easier to write than others. Christine writes about a very sensitive theme. And she does it in such a way that it's not creepy. In fact, she paints some pictures that do have creepy elements to them. But they do not extend to Mark and Kaia. That relationship seems very natural. I applaud her for that.Here's another news flash. Boundaries is a 439-page book. I did not tear up until page 384. So, obviously, I didn't emotionally connect with the characters. WRONG! I actually teared up quite a bit in the last 55 pages. But even prior to that, I was very caught up with all of the principals. In this case (don't get used to it!), the tearing up did not reflect my emotional commitment. Why is that? Beats me. It just is what it is. The only thing I can figure out is that some books take longer to build up to the waterworks than others!The last piece of the book that I would like to mention is that I thoroughly enjoyed how Christine spoke in different voices. Every time she did that, I was able to put myself in the shoes/person of the speaker. And with all of the stuff that was going down, it gave me greater insight into what happened in each case. Again, bravo, Christine.Did I like Boundaries, A Love Story? I most certainly did. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Is there anybody I would suggest not read it? Definitely not. Pick it up and enjoy the high-end product of another Bay Area artist. They're all over the place, and Christine is one more to add to the group. We are blessed, people.PERSONAL NOTE: There is a ton of excessive drinking in this book by various parents. My parents were like that. They never were officially classified "alcoholics," but I have no doubt that is exactly what they were. I think that might be why I quit drinking in my early '30's. So, the point of this little personal note is that I had more trouble reading about the drinking than I did any of the other goings-on.

  • Glenda
    2019-04-09 16:49

    I was very happy to receive this book and am currently reading it . I am loving it so far and would definitely tell people to read it . It is well written and keeps me reading. I have now finished reading this book and give it a definite thumbs up and would gladly tell other people to read it . I am waiting to read more books from this author. Thank you for the privilege of reading this book.

  • Allison Sanderson
    2019-04-07 10:34

    First, I want to thank the author, Christine Z. Mason, and Goodreads for a hardcover copy of this book that I won from a giveaway.As to the book, it struck me as rather bizarre in the beginning and through a fair portion of the middle. The cousins' desire to be with one another despite their relatedness, and in particular the stilted, awkward way that all the characters interacted. Chandri was the only character (besides maybe Monty) who was not stiff and irritable during the beginning of the story. In particular, David and Mark had their fights over Kaia, and even Nico and Sig were possessive of her and jealous of her giving attention to others. Getting over this, the story went along nicely and wrapped up pleasantly.And I shouldn't have to say it, but I'm so glad I didn't see any typos or spelling or grammar errors! Unfortunately, so many books these days are churned out without proper proofreading and editing and are rife with errors that distract from the storytelling, but "Boundaries" avoided this bothersome flaw.Overall: Some of the interactions were awkward and seemed unnatural, but that could be because these characters were weird and quirky in their own ways. The story was good and I enjoyed it.

  • Donna
    2019-04-05 14:35

    Boundaries is a love story between Kaia and Mark. They happen to be cousins, but as they get to know each other more they find the need to be together more. The families of the two are against this relationship. It only makes them want to find any way to be together. Kaia and Mark discover that it is okay for first cousins to marry and even have children without any problems.Will Kaia give into Mark's continuous wanting to marry her and have children with her. Kaia is set on becoming a lawyer and Mark likes living in the woodsy area of Maine. Kaia needs to make a decision whether to leave San Francisco and go be with Mark. Kaia and Mark do have a child together and it is fine, a beautiful baby boy. Will they live happily ever after? Are they able to avoid all the boundaries that could keep them apart?I won this book on the Goodreads Giveawy and glad that I did. It was a book hard to put down.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-05 17:00

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Mason in exchange for an honest review.I have never read any of Christine Mason's books before and had no idea what to expect. This book is not my typical genre but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It chronicles two cousins who fall in love and the rippling effects their forbidden love has on their families. Their families aren't perfect either and when you wrap their imperfections into the plot, it makes for a great page turner.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-04 17:48

    I won this book from Goodreads giveaways. It quite an interesting story about all the dynamics of families. It took a min. to get into each of the characters and their interaction but it does make you question love and what makes each of us believe in it and what can happen when there are outside influences going on.

  • Amber Daniels
    2019-03-22 15:56

    Interesting book. If you love family secrets and twisted lies this is a good book for you!This book starts off with a budding relationship between cousins and takes you through 5 years of love, laughs, lies. A tragedy must befall all the lovable characters before there the betrayals can ever come to light.

  • Patty
    2019-04-05 12:58

    Well written. I was drawn into the story within the first 15 pages. I found I was unable to put this book down when I should have been sleeping. A very intriguing romance between relatives and an interesting story about their trials and tribulations.

  • Sandy
    2019-03-26 11:49

    I won this book in the Goodreads contest. I was super excited to start reading. This book blew me away, it's a forbidden love story about 1st cousins & 1st loves. I not only liked this book but LOVED IT. I can't not wait till Christine comes out with another book.