Monday, November 23, 2015

A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love

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.

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dorothyloveAbout the Author

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy

My Thoughts
When I first received this book in the mail, I wasn't really sure about it. I had never read anything by Dorothy before and the title really made me unsure what the book might be about. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. This book had so much going on in it, I couldn't put it down. I was constantly turning pages to see what was happening next. There are so many mysterious things happening that I wanted to know more, but I never got confused with the plot or what was going on. On several occasions, as I read something would happen and I would think, "Ok, the story is done. What else could there be?"  Then I would turn the page and there would be another big twist.
I enjoyed all the different characters in the book. India was a great main character. She isn't one of those swoony, whiney types. She is strong and yet very kind and friendly. All of the characters are well written with some being very bold and almost frightening.
With all of the twists and turns, you might think it would be hard to follow. The opposite is actually the case. The book did start out with a lot of detail but keep reading it is definitely worth it. A fantastic book you will not want to put down. A Respectable Actress is worth the read!
I was blessed with a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.

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