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Jackie Weger doesn't include 'steamy' love scenes so there's nothing to spoil the story, it's just a really good read. I look forward to reading more of her books.
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Well, I've loved the first to books I've read of Jackie' so maybe I had too high expectations....I liked this book, enjoyed it but didn't quite have the love for it that I did the others. I'm not sure why as the cast of characters were great. Anna, there are thousands of wives like her, looking after elderly family members, working outside the home, keeping the household jobs done and providing backup for husbands while putting their own hopes and dreams on hold....I really felt for her. She gets a visit one day from Frank. Internal investigator fpr a state department. I'm sure they don't work the way they do in the book but hey - this is fiction and it makes the story far more interesting that if he simply phoned and sent numerous duplicated letters etc! He seems to work in a small dept, almost off grid, with lots of flexibility. That allowed him and his colleague Helen to spend lots of time with Anna sorting out the mess her husband had left. And he'd certainly been doing some dreadful deeds that left her well ordered life in tatters. Frank - the attraction between him and Anna is there from the start but they both dance around it, and its not til really far in the novel that they do get together. Jackie has some great expressions for male appendages... I loved "tally whacker" in the first one, dingus in the next then this time its Mr Johnson :) Helen, lady in control of the office, fabulous woman, knows what she wants from life and loves helping others, her tenants JoJo and Clarence - what a great pair, added so much colour to the novel. I think my favourite though (discounting Franks sex appeal) is neighbour Lila, in her nineties but the sort of lady I aspire to be one day, she drinks, enjoys life, laughs and is full of joie do vivre.
I got a bit confused over the storyline though, didn't really understand the political machinations of what Anna's husbands job was, he seemed top be some sort of diplomatic courier, which clearly allowed him to live his double life, leaving his mother -the mother in law from hell - with Anna. I think that part just wasn't strong enough for me - I didn't feel engaged with the actual story though I loved the characters, I'd love friends and neighbours like that. I loved the gentle way once again Jackie has woven the romance through the novel, starts slowly but right from the early part you can see that attraction is unstoppable, and then once they do get together its Jackie's characteristic well written sex scenes, sensual and racy but never smutty or overly "in your face" - what happens fits perfectly in the novel. That's a treat when so many novels seems to have badly written sex scenes just for the scandal and selling point. I love spice in my romance, not and steamy no problem, but it must fit the story and characters and must be well written.
Stars: four, loved the people but not so keen on the actual plot.
Anna works in DC as a Senate research assistant at the Library of Congress. Her husband Kevin is a State Department courier who lives his life on airplanes which means Anne lives her life alone. And childless, a condition she desperately wants to change.
One snowy winter's night Frank Caburn, a "Government man," knocks on Anne's door and her entire world crumbles around her. With each passing day she finds herself becoming more entangled in a web of deceit and mystery not of her making. Down is up. Up is down. And everything seems to be inside out.
She also finds herself falling in love with Frank Caburn, which makes Anne question who she really is. Frank seems quite odd, as if he's been snatched out of the 1950s complete with Old Spice aftershave. Who is he really? Why is she so attracted to him?
And then there's the issue of the missing body.
As if this isn't confusing enough, Anne's life is bombarded with a cavalcade of odd-ball characters, including a 90 year old granny who throws one hell of a Christmas party, and an outlaw in-law that wants to kill Anne.
Jackie Weger has spun a skillful and entertaining romance novel. I know I'm not the target audience but I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. As Gertrude Stein once said, "A good story is a good story is a good story." If you know someone who is a fan of romance novels, stuff this in their stocking. Highly recommended.
Being a rare visitor to romance and more of a fan of action and adventure I must admit I started this story with quite high expectations that gradually dwindled as the novel went on.
The main character, Anna, is the kind of bright, intelligent, good looking woman whose life is probably the envy of all she meets. Underneath it all, things are not what they seem, and events take an even worse turn when somebody from the state department turns up asking some very personal questions. Discovering that nobodies life is really that perfect leads to quite an engaging read.
The story itself is more to do with a woman's struggle to cope with the collapse of her life as she knows it, and whilst the story does have some interesting turns I find the beauty of this book lies more within its characters.
Every character, including the minor ones, is painted in such vivid detail with such fantastic characteristics that even though I found the story drags in places I eagerly read on hoping to encounter more of them.
Despite my disappointment with the pace and content of the story, accepting it as the romantic tale it is, I found it quite a fascinating story of self discovery. Whilst I probably would never have read this of my own accord I'm quite glad I did and look forward to reading more works by this author.
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A happy ending.
Not soppy. A well judged, balanced story. I loved it.
Looking out for more of jackies novels.