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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.
I loved that the author gave us just enough heat, but then left us to use our own imaginations to lead us wherever it may go. I found that very, very refreshing. She gave us interesting characters....some were quirky and fun...some were on the more serious side, but all with real depth to them. This book also had a really interesting story line, and the author throws in a bundle a laughs along the way, too. What more can you ask for?.
I am so glad that Anna didn't lay down and let her husbands betrayal affect her future. She was shocked and hurt at first, who wouldn't be, but she dug in and stood tall right to the end. I loved the fact that even though she was going through such a horrible ordeal, she could still laugh.
And Frank??? What a dream boat. If I ever needed someone to stand by my side...I want someone just like Frank. There's a man with a heart of gold, if ever there was one. That man was a real class act, for sure.
I loved the snarky character of Helen ( the office Mgr.), and the way she blasted Frank every chance she got. Her little snide remarks were hilarious! She's who I can most relate to right now, but I truly want to be Lila when I grow older. That woman is so feisty and she sure knows how to live. She's adventurious, she not afraid to her mind, she's the life of the party, and she's a real hoot, too!
JoJo and Clarence - what a great pair, they both added so much colour and humor to this novel. I could clearly picture Frank's reactions to these two, and I'm still laughing just thinking about it now.
This book is so good, I'll be teling all my friends and family to pick this book up. I highly recommend all of you to do the same thing. I assure you...you won't be sorry you did, believe 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.
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