"Alexander McCabe's romantic suspense novel, A Tale of Three Cities, is an exciting and fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader on his/her toes throughout the action... (and) is highly recommended." - Readers Favorite
"What a great read! I loved "The Tale of Three Cities"! It had all the right ingredients with a good mixture of suspense, adventure, intrigue, romance and a few laughs along the way too." - Christine
"I was finished the book within three days over a very busy weekend. I simply couldn't put it down. Well done!!!" - Nicole
"I loved this story, it truly was a terrific read. Be prepared to laugh at parts and have your heart in your mouth at other parts, definitely one to keep the emotions bouncing around as if you are on a rollercoaster." - Lillian Flesher
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Sweet, naive Melissa Chisholm was a romantic at heart, so when she saw an ad in a magazine from a Mr Bradley desperately seeking his lovely wife Kristy, Melissa knew she just had to reunite the loving couple and, of course, collect the1 million dollar reward. If only she'd known the circumstances Kristy, now Penny, had left the marriage, Melissa might not have been so quick to claim the reward and put herself in so much danger.
Penny and Z are both sore from previous marriages. Penny had a most dreadful and violent marriage to Michael Bradley and Z's wife, Gemma, left him reeling when she had an affair. Both are afraid to say 'I love you' but have just tentatively tested the waters with those words and it seems that feelings are mutual and are blissfully happy with each other. Then starts the cataclysmic devastation that Penny has dreaded - her husband knows she's alive.
After I'd read the first few chapters in which we learn a little of the lives of the main characters, I found that I couldn't put this book down. I just had to know what happened next, how does Melissa get out of her situation, will Penny be discovered, will Z stick with her when he knows she's aleady married, who will get the money, and who's going to save the day. It really was a gripping white knuckle read and I'm very much looking forward to reading the first book, Greater Expectations.
This book is very well written, is a good plot well put together and I would thoroughly recommend if you like a well paced thriller with a hint of romance.
We start off in the waiting room of a dentist office with Melissa, who is in the middle of realizing she could score quite big by offering the details of the whereabouts of a missing mob wife. Then we are jolted back into the lives of Z and Penny, our MC's from Greater Expectations and for anyone who read and loved the first novel like I did, it was as if I was revisiting some old friends.
As I joined them on the journey I really did laugh out loud more times then I can count, sometimes merely at one liners that Alex had managed to write with 'zing'. The romance was still there, and very much alive and warm as any Chick Lit fan would hope for.
There where a handful of twist and turns in this story which I thought kept the pace fast, fun and quite exciting. It really was a page turner.
I found Mr. McCabe's writing had really strengthened since his first novel and half way through this story i remember saying out loud to my husband 'I hope he has a third in the works, before Christmas maybe but that's just me being greedy' haha. I was finished the book within three days over a very busy weekend. I simply couldn't put it down.
Sitting in her car outside of Michael’s front door, Melissa is unaware of the man behind the smile in the magazine. As she waits nervously for him to read the documents she slipped into his home and to listen to her message on his answering machine, she has no idea of the maniac she has just involved herself with. As she waits, watching Michael faint at the documents contents with streams of tears colliding down his face, Melissa doesn’t know about the secret hatred more so than love pulsating through his veins. When his true character is revealed, it made me think about the stigmas that still exist surrounding a woman’s submission, what it means to submit and how abusive men take advantage of women who do. Nonetheless, as Melissa waits, it will be a hard lesson for her in the end.
Meanwhile, in Invernesshire, Scotland, Zacchaeus is torn between his love for his girlfriend Penny and the anxiety of her acceptance of that love. Having inherited the large Auchtershinnan Estate, she’s a woman who is certainly in no need of financial assistance from a man and though they occupy their dream home and live a dream life, Z doesn’t know how to feel about this and wonders if the fortune diminishes his wife’s dependability on his authority as head of the household. Having invited his parents over to their castle of a home as a surprise to Z, Penny is a confident woman who may not need him as much as he would like to be needed while his mother advises that he should do away with his feelings concerning the outdated gender roles. But Z’s struggle with finances and gender roles will later become the least of his worries when Andy, the estate’s caretaker, comes barging through his bedroom door. To Z’s confusion, Andy reports to the couple that “THEY are here” and urges Penny and Z to dress quickly. As Penny cries her eyes out in the sheets only once drenched with passionate lovemaking, Z cannot understand what has happened to the beautiful moment just seconds passed, who THEY are or why Andy has just called his girlfriend Kristy.
This book has a lot going on but I really like how the author tied everything together and it is a testament to his skill. What I enjoyed most is the similarities and comparisons he created between the characters which gave it a “six degrees of separation” type feel to it (that is everyone being connected somehow). No one in this story is insignificant to the plot. From the prominent characters we are immediately introduced to, to the police officer on the street, they all play a role in bringing it all together.
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