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Fran and Max: the Bungalow Paperback – January 3, 2015
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About the Author
Best selling author Dorothy May Mercer lives in Michigan, U.S.A. with her husband. They commute between two lakefront homes. Her hobbies are writing, reading, playing the piano, helping others, traveling, skiing, boating, and golf. We are very excited about her new series, "The McBride Romances" each one which will explore what happened to the couples who were introduced in the original McBride Series of eight novels. The first McBride Romance is about "Fran and Max" the couple you met in "The Savage Surrogate." This book will explore what happened to them and whether they ever got together. "Fran and Max" the Bungalow, contains plenty of mystery and suspense, as well as a romance and a satisfactory ending. There is a growing movement of folks who are sick and tired of erotica, and are hungry for a romantic love story with something more to the plot, more meat on the bones, more interesting characters who spend less time in bed, so to speak. If you care to try that genre, you will love the McBride Romance novels. In Book Two of the Washington McBride series, "the Arlington Alias," we first meet Fran Whittaker. She appears briefly in the first few chapters, and then disappears. The final book of the Washington McBride trilogy "the Savage Surrogate," is about Juliette McBride's world-wide search for Fran. We learn what has happened to Fran after she disappeared in Book Two. This is the ultimate in story-telling. If you cry at happy/sad movies, have your Kleenex ready. Lady Dog with Juliette and Mike McBride are involved in separate, seemingly unrelated crime-solving capers, which all come together in one grand finale. In this novel, the author cleverly weaves four threads in and out of danger and into a common joyous blanket. For you arm-chair detectives, clues are planted, right and left, so, set aside a weekend and be prepared for a fun ride and a surprise ending. The first novel in the new McBride Romances, explores what happened to Fran and Max, after they escaped in "the Savage Surrogate." You will learn whether they ever got together, whether Fran managed to remain hidden from the Syndicate, and whether she successfully had her baby. Plenty of intrigue and excitement will keep you turning the pages.
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The McBride Romances Book 1
The story commences with some man roaming around the outside of this bungalow and Fran is very afraid. The house is outfitted with the latest high-tech devices designed to protect her from detection. It is a little confusing for the reader at first because there is no explanation as to what the Syndicate is or what Max’s relationship is to Fran. Both have changed their appearances and identity, so Fran doesn’t recognize Max. In the confusion, when Fran and Max escaped the clutches of the Syndicate, they became separated. Fran moved to the West Coast and went into hiding in this bungalow, intending to quietly live out the remaining months of her pregnancy. She calls in to her handler that there is a man there and panics and runs for her car with a gun. Afraid he would lose her once more, Max tried to stop her and in the ensuing struggle, the gun went off.
This story’s theme is the very profitable business of finding babies for couples who are barren and want to adopt, and how young women, especially from Mexico, are captured and held in a type dormitory, being impregnated to bear a child. Law enforcement is attempting to find the owners and operators of these baby farms, arrest them and free the women. There is some romance and drama and as the story progresses, it takes us on a journey Fran and her good friend Max will not finish. To explain the facets of the story further would spoil it for you.
I found the story interesting because it was subject matter that was new for me. I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.