Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love @WriterDorothy

A Respectable Actress (Thomas Nelson, October 2015)

When India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.
India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.
A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.
Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia lowcountry and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.

MY REVIEW-I have always enjoyed the writing style of Dorothy Love. She knows how to transport a reader back into a different time period and make them feel like they are present with the characters. And A Respectable Actress is no different. The reader is taken to the town of Savannah Georgia where life is far simpler but in a way more complex. Follow along as India Hartley is accused of murder, jailed and then put on trial. Her handsome and well-known attorney would be Phillip, the man who hasn't forgotten his first wife. There is a much deeper mystery surrounding this southern town but will Phillip and India be able to figure it out before they both get swallowed up by it? An amazing story that lacked some spiritual depth but otherwise good.

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