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Welcome to the Great Mysterious

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Broadway star Geneva Jones reluctantly agrees to take care of her twin sister Ann's son, a boy with Down's Syndrome, while Ann and her husband take a vacation. Returning home to Minnesota, Geneva steps into her new role every inch a star, but the boy and a interesting man begin to open her heart.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 12th 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
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Joanne Goon
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adult women.
This is simply a well-written, thought-provoking piece of fiction. What started out as a leisure read for me really turned into an important life lesson. It truly will help all self-absorbed women (and admit it, we all are at times) to see the greater picture. I intend on buying this book for my best friend, and of course, including a box of tissue.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favorites reads, which inevitably leads to a lot of crying, thereby increasing sales of Kleenex and I am so surprised I have never written about this book is called “Welcome to The Great Mysterious” by Lorna Landvik. I had never read Ms. Landvik before I picked up this book and I have never read anything since. But, boy! Am I glad that my flatmate picked up this book one summer afternoon three years ago when our community library was selling of some of its older collections du ...more
Marge Prohofsky
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I can't imagine what it would be like to be a successful and known broadway star like, Geneveva Jordan (she even has the name of a star!), who has recently broken off a relationship with a fellow actor, at age 48, and is thrust into Deep Lake, a Minneapolis suburb, on a month-long invitation to babysit her nephew with Downs, while her twin sister, Ann and her husband vacation to Italy.
Geneva, the diva, is more than a one-dimensional character, and the flashba
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think you will walk away from this book without learning something about yourself. This was a very thought provoking book and I really appreciated that it pushed me to think about what is and isn’t important to me. Geneva’s honesty helped me to be honest with myself while reading. Rich’s purity and forgiving spirit would inspire anyone to keep trying even when they are way outside of their comfort zone. Conrad offered wisdom and I couldn’t help but laugh at how he presented his words of ...more
This is a slight book that deliberately tugs on the heart strings- so I did tear up but I hated myself in the morning. I don’t like to feel manipulated, and that is what this book does, it’s also sweet in a kind of cloying way.

Geneva Jordan is a Broadway star, she’s won Tony’s and people applaud when she walks in a room. She’s just been replaced in her current show by a younger star and her recent boyfriend has left her for a younger woman. When her fraternal twin sister Ann calls and begs her
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This may turn out to be my favourite Lorna Landvik - but I can't decide as I really did enjoy the others I have read. As with the other novels, this can be a touch sweet and smaltzy in parts - but all in all - very hard to put down. The story conerns Geneva - broadway star - and her nephew Rich, Geneva agrees after much badgering to look after Rich for a month while his parents take a well earned holiday away from their adorable son who has special needs. This involves her leaving New York for a ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the Great Mysterious was another novel with interesting characters. At first I wasn't sure that I really liked the protagonist and there were times when I just wanted to smack her upside the head and demand to know just what she was thinking. As a reader, I got to witness her grow as a character and I think she did learn how to make good choices. I totally loved the fact that this novel had two characters with special needs. It also showed that while these individuals may have special ...more
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Two thirteen year old twin girls, Ann and Geneva, battle boredom one rainy summer week by creating a scrapbook posing the world's biggest questions. They called the book "The Great Mysterious". As adults, the twins were still as different as night and day physically as well as in their personal lives. Geneva succumbs to her sister's pleas to babysit her Down Syndrome nephew so she & her husband could vacation in Italy. Geneva is a Broadway star, quite taken with herself and acts her way into ...more
Leslie Good
A good summer read. Somewhat predictable, but brought a few tears and an occasional laugh.
Jess Van Dyne-Evans
I picked this up, thinking it was a light piece of chick-lit, and really enjoyed it. It was light - but compelling.
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Lorna Landvik is a mother of two and wife of one. She is the author of eight novels, including the best-selling ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS, PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL and OH MY STARS. Also an
actor and playwright, Lorna has appeared in many stage productions. She is a new and passionate neophyte to the practice of yoga, which is a fine antidote to her long established practice of lounging.
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“The sun was as flirty as Scarlett O'Hara with the Tarleton twins, breaking through the clouds in spectacular bursts that seemed like personal favors and then retreating for hours, days, and making us all ache for just a glimpse.” 7 likes
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