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Anna is a successful, bright research librarian at the Library of Congress. Her nasty mother-in-law lives with her, and her narcissistic husband is a document carrier for the U.S. government. (Frankly, I would like to smack Anna's mother-in-law upside the head. She is a mean, manipulative woman.) Anna functions as a caregiver for this awful women.
The plot begins to develop as we realize something has happened to Kevin, the husband. His death sets in motion a string of events, and we soon find out he is a liar and a bigamist. There is a silver lining in the storm clouds, however, and an investigator named Frank Caburn shows up at Anna's door on an icy Washington D.C. day. Frank is the polar opposite of her cheating husband, and he is charged with gathering information about her husband and taking care of her. As Anna peels back the onion of her husband's deceit she lets go of the repressive mentality that has controlled her.
I hope the author will honor my request for a future story that includes some of these characters. My only disappointment was that Clara-Alice, the mother-in-law, didn't have more of a comeuppance. She disgusted me.
Overall, the story hits a lot of different genre. Mystery, Intrigue, romance, teen-aged angst, (no teens in the book, but often characters behaved as a teenager might) And occasionally something was amusing, and often with obscure word usage or words thrown in. Like saying someone was "in thrall with ..." I looked it up, and it could be considered correct, but the more common usage would be "enthralled with ....". Or "fumarole" I know it sent me to a dictionary. It just made me feel the author was showing off her "esoteric" vocabulary, and it was a bit pretentious. Once the big mystery is out, things start going in a different direction, and while various plot devices are approached, none are fully used, and it is just a matter of getting through it. But I was left wondering why I cared about completing it - my obsessive 'finish what you start' I guess.
Sorry - for me the book in its entirety just fell flat. The author has potential, but it needs to be better directed.
This is a deeply absorbing portrayal of a woman, Anna Nesmith who discovers her husband, Kevin, has betrayed her in multiple ways. This book will have you thinking twice about taking anything or anyone at face value. But, one deceitful person shouldn't have everlasting control over your life and you should never give them that power. Anna's journey is touching, and left me feeling warm all over and with a smile on my face.
When Anna learns her husband has been living a double life, his work in the state department makes things even more difficult. When Frank Caburn is assigned to look into this very delicate matter, he never expects to encounter Anna, a strong, beautiful woman trapped in a horrible marriage and about to discover it was all a big lie. Needing to tread carefully, Frank informs Anna a little at a time about her husband's activities. But, this not the only issue. Anna literally has the “mother-in-law from hell”, and then some. Good Lord! Even after all that has been heaped on Anna, she begins to slowly comes back to life finding herself feeling free and ready to shed all the terrible years she spent married to a creep and chained to her mother-in-law's will.
Anna could very well have folded , could have decided all men were like Kevin, could have allowed her anger to turn to bitterness. However, instead she finds Frank is the kind of man she was looking for all along. Frank was absolutely dreamy, just my kind of guy! A confident, attractive man with a good open heart who is willing to go all in to keep Anna safe, happy, and give her the chance of having the family she has always wanted.
This is truly an uplifting story and while the drama is heavy, there are poignant, grab the tissues, moments where Anna thinks of her mother and the support she would have offered. But, this story is not without the trademark Weger humor many of you are familiar with. The secondary characters give the story a lighter tone when it was needed and I especially liked Frank's work partner, Helen.
The story is devoid of immature angst and self absorption and shows how love can and should grow on an emotional level, giving the sensual aspects of the romance more meaning. I really wish there were more stories written like this one.
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