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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!
Some of the story's details just don't make sense. We're repeatedly told that Anna, the protagonist, is so smart, so intelligent. One really has to suspend belief that, 1) She accept the mother-in-law moving in 5 days after the wedding, 2) She'd put up with being stuck, mostly alone, with the overbearing monster-in-law for 10 years, while hubby travels the world. 3) She wants a baby so badly. Hubby was keeping a calendar to track her fertile days to avoid impregnating her. It never occurred to this "smart" woman to track her own fertility to help her conceive?
I enjoyed the story, and the oddball characters. Just wish writers would use editors and stop expecting spellcheck to do the job.
The tragedy is our h finding she is one of many wives. The romance did the happily ever after with one of the investigators. The farce was everything else. The writing style is easy breezy and farce-like. The idea that the State Dept doesn't do background checks and wouldn't have discovered the multiple marriages is silly. The idea that the government would put so much money and resources into this investigation is crazy. Add the fact that our very intelligent h doesn't know the difference between infer and imply, and the book lost any sense of reality for me.