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- Publisher: McKay Lewis Publishers (March 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 3, 2012
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- Language: English
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Heroine, Emma, is half owner of a newspaper, and is a reporter, with no actual experience. She professes to be an independent woman, however she is completely financially dependent on her parents and her uncle.
Hero, Malachi, is an attorney who is representing an accused murder, a woman named Alma. Emma is covering the case for her newspaper. Emma is woefully ignorant about the law, yet feels free to criticize and berate Malachi for both his handling of the case, and for his recommendation to have his client plead not guilty. Malachi is talked into hiring Emma to help him build his defense. The story falls further to pieces at this point.
1. Malachi tells Emma that women can expect to be sexually assaulted if they get the right to vote. Seriously, he did!
2. Emma decides she wants Malachi for a lover. Okay, I have no problem with that. Their client had an illicit affair with the man she is accused of murdering. Emma condemns the client for her sexual behavior, yet apparently feels it is okay for herself to be involved in an illicit affair. Hypocritical much?
3. Things heat up. Emma attempts to seduce Malachi. When he resists, she convinces him that she is sexually experienced (when she's not) and that contraception is not a problem (when it is). Then, when he discovers the truth ( after doing the deed, of course), she has the utter nerve to be angry at him. Why? Because he believed her lies. REALLY? He leaves angry, he had been up front in telling her that he did not intend to marry again. She is devastated because her first time was painful, it was awful, she was never going to have sex again. Yada, Yada, Yada.
4. Emma professes to be an advocate for helping women, yet she is remarkably unconcerned that her client is imprisoned in filthy conditions, is cold, and poorly fed. Yeah, she cares alright! At least Malachi got Alma an extra blanket.
5. After Emma is attacked, injured, and almost raped by two thugs (Malachi saves her, of course), she decides that sex is back on the table. Sure, that makes sense......she had just had what I would assume would have been a traumatic experience, so it's only natural that she would want a repeat of the sexual act that had so worried her. Uh Huh, right? And as for Malachi, I guess he no longer worries about a pregnancy, or the impropriety of an affair. Huh.
6. During a discussion of the case Emma becomes angry at Malachi for debauching virgins. Once again, she is furious at him for giving her what she begged for. Seriously, all I could do was laugh at this point.
7.Emma once again demonstrates her supreme intelligence. Why doesn't Malachi recognize that she is ever so much smarter than he is? Malachi is worried for her safety, so he extracts her promise that she will be careful and do nothing that would put her at risk. But, as usual, she lied to him, she doesn't intend to keep her word. REALLY, should this surprise him at this point? She is convinced she has cracked the case so she goes to question and confront the alleged perpetrators. Zounds! She is imprisoned in the basement. Whatever will she do?
8. She's safe! Rescued by Malachi, of course. The true murderers have been exposed. And Alma? Free for the time being, she has decided to go to Sacramento to stay with her mother. And just why is that significant? Because according to Chapter 15, Alma's mother lives in town, on the docks. We found that out the night Emma was attacked.
Its finally over. Thank heavens.
I have never given a review this scathing before, and I hope I never will again.
She's an independent, liberated young woman of 22 yrs...with flaming auburn hair and warm chocolate brown eyes. She's taller than most women and not a beauty in the traditional sense. Emma Knight is a journalist who also runs a Newspaper business she co-owns with her uncle (unheard of in this era). She's brazen with a touch of innocence, stubborn to the point of bullheadedness, and possesses a brave curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble. Emma is completely absorbed in her job and business success and most importantly, the plight of her gender in this era of 1909 --- she's actively championed various causes (The absolution of social barriers....Women's rights....Independence and Equality for women etc.). She's a true suffragette in every sense of the term. But Emma overlooks her emotions...so when she feels the foreign stirring of attraction for the male species, she doesn't recognize this unexpected and unfamiliar emotion.
There are dark rumors about his past and his questionable law practice. It was said that he was a crass, lowborn individual and wasn't a gentleman despite his success as an attorney. Malachi Rivers is a large man...tall and impressive with his long dark brown hair and piercing, intensive blue eyes and a commanding, confident presence. In spite of his large physique, he moves gracefully and his mannerism is confident and self-assured. And the last thing he needs is an annoying, distracting female assisting him in his current case....(but he hires her anyway just to keep an eye on her and to curtail any damaging articles she might print). Malachi Rivers likes keeping his private life....private.
This brilliantly written romantic thriller revolves around the murder trial of an uneducated servant girl in an era where women did not have any rights. Women were possessions thought to be, basically, brainless. So in walks this independent, strong, extremely intelligent young hurricane of a woman bent on changing the world, but must contend with living in the world of the men who run it. It's a wonderful insight to the workings of court law and trials of the early 20th century. This fabulously exciting story was absolutely riveting. Strong characters, strong plot line, no holes or loose threads...dramatic adventure that glued me to my seat with a bit of danger and intrigue. Outstanding!
If there's a downside to this story, it would be NO definitive CLOSURE with Emma and Malachi's relationship. However, it still left me sitting on my sofa for many long, pensive moments, smiling.
NO Cliff Hangers✔✔✔✔✔
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