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The Perfect Daughter Mass Market Paperback – February 6, 2007
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"Anna DeStefano's remarkable stories touch the heart with hope. One of the genre's rising stars..." -- Two-Time RITA Award Winner, Gayle Wilson
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Don't miss the third and final book in my Daughter" series!!! So many readers have asked for Maggie Rivers' story. I know you're going to love it!!!
You can read more about Maggie and her amazing family in the first two books in the series:
The Unknown Daughter
The Runaway Daughter
And don't miss my April 2007, All-American Father...
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Years earlier Maggie witnessed a relative being shot. She has been living with New York police detective Matt for over a year. His partner was recently killed in a gang shooting. Fearing that Matt could be killed or harmed in the future, Maggie breaks up with him. She also quits college and returns to her hometown. She is suffering from anxiety related to post traumatic stress. Matt visits her hometown for awhile to consult with the local police regarding their local gang situation. While there he has further interactions with Maggie.
Don't waste your time. This is an example of how not to write - way too much telling and not enough showing. I was frustrated. I wanted it to be over. I didn't connect with or care about the characters.
The main plot: Maggie is depressed. She wants to hurt herself. She thinks she can help a teen who is joining a gang. She doesn't listen to reason and stupidly puts herself in danger as a result. She is surrounded by caring and loving people, but she won't listen to them and repeatedly tells them all to stay away from her.
Other story lines could have been interesting but were told and not shown, for example: Matt's scenes where he is interacting with gangs. There is also a lot of telling about things happening in the past. Most of the book seems to be conversation rather than action.
Story length: 284 pages. Swearing language: moderate, including religious words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 3. Setting: current day New York City, NY, and Oakwood, Georgia. Copyright: 2007. Genre: contemporary romance.
Maggie's boyfriend, Detective Matt Lebretti, has a dangerous job. He's working hard to put away gang members and to make the town safe again. Maggie can't help but to constantly worry about Matt. After going through so much in her life, she just wants to be happy. Maggie decides to end her relationship with Matt and move to Georgia where her family lives.
When Maggie decides to tutor a young man, she has no idea how dangerous the situation can be. The student is involved with a gang and Maggie is putting herself in danger by trying to help him. When Matt hears about the gang violence in Georgia, he comes down there to rescue Maggie. The only problem with Matt's plan is that Maggie doesn't want to be rescued. She has moved on with her life and wants nothing to do with him. Will Matt be able to save Maggie before she gets herself involved in a bad situation? Will Maggie open her heart to Matt again and take him back?
The Perfect Daughter is the third book in a series. I look forward to reading the previous two books to find out the backstory on Maggie Rivers. Anna DeStefano writes in a breezy way that makes her books a joy to read. The story was heart warming and the reader will be rooting for a happy ending. I loved Maggie and Matt and wanted them to end up together in the end. All of the characters were unique and added something to the story.
I've always been interested in police officers, so it was interesting to have a little peek into what their lives are like.
Armchair Interviews: A very good book recommended to all romance readers!