Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book of the Week - Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney

Not Always a Saint
Putney, Mary Jo
Kensington 9781617739064
294p. $27.95 2015 - May

Dr. Daniel Herbert has devoted his life to helping those in need. After stitching up a badly beaten young woman he and his sister started up a shelter to help victims restart their lives. When disease sweeps death through a country house party held by a distant relative, Daniel unhappily inherits a title and must take on duties of managing his properties and serving in the House of Lords. Jessie Kelham has always been too beautiful for her own good but being married to an elderly baron had kept her safe. With his death and the news her daughter inherits the title through an ancient barony of writ she knows she must find a husband who can keep her and her child safe from her husband’s nephew who had expected to inherit and will, if anything happens to young Beth. In London for the Little Season, the two are brought together by mutual friends. Jessie
tries to keep her distance because she believes she is not worthy of Daniel (who also happens to be a member of the clergy as well as a thoroughly good guy) and doesn’t want to use him. Putney captures the flavor and feeling of the Regency era beautifully in this heart warming romance that is part of the Lost Lords series. Exquisite!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book of the Week - Double Vision by Colby Marshall

This very readable page turner, the second in a series (I didn't read the first one) is an enjoyable diversion. Dr. Jenna Ramey, an FBI profiler who is forensic psychiatrist also has synesthesia. She sees colors that tell her a lot about the people she encounters. When there is a mass shooting at a supermarket she discovers that the youngest witness, Molly, a young girl has an ability with numbers that is as unusual and helpful as her own synesthesia. Meanwhile, Jenna's lover and former partner who has been relegated to being an emergency dispatcher due to the loss of his leg, finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous plot when he becomes too involved in the case of a battered woman. Marshall's strength lies in creating likable but flawed characters who have huge issues to overcome but who have an inner kindness and decency. The relationships between her characters are also rich and satisfying. While the plot and action may be a little far fetched in places they do make for enjoyable
entertainment.