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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.
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.
Anna Nesmith had it all... a great marriage, a dream job, a beautiful house, and a group of great friends. But below the surface, things are not what they seem. Despite years of trying she and her husband did not produce any babies. She had to put up with her harping mother-in-law with mental issues. When her husband did not come home for the Holidays, but instead, a state department investigator called Frank Caburn showed up, Anna's life started to unravel. It appears that her husband had kept a lot from her... well beyond his work... Frank Caburn knew the truth, and seeing the devastation his own investigation had caused in Anna's life brought out Frank's protective instincts. He didn't count on getting stabbed by her crazy mother-in-law or winning her affection, even though he wanted it. But how much can he reveal without jeopardizing his investigation, and will she still want him after knowing he kept all the secrets?
The mystery slow reveal for Anna was done in stages and it kept things really tense. On the other hand, I find the romance between Frank and Anna a bit forced, and falls into the "protector falling for the protectee" trope except there is no external threat to push them together.
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Interesting storyline without the usual twists.Read more