Reviewed by Charity Lyman
The more books I read, the more I realize how blessed we are with great authors who know how to please their audience. One such author is the amazing Dorothy Love. I have yet to read a book of hers that I did not enjoy and A Respectable Actress was no different. In fact, I finished this one within a couple hours so that tells you just how much I liked it! Love pens a novel that pulls you into a time past–a time very different from our own in many ways.
India Hartley is an actress accused of murder after she is seen killing a man on stage in front of a crowded theater. India knows she didn’t do it, but i s unable to describe what exactly happened or how it took place. The gun she was holding was her own but it was meant to be a prop with no bullets. Once she is arrested, a concerned citizen in the lovely town of Savannah, Georgia hires a lawyer to make sure everything is taken care of properly. Will this lawyer be able to find out the truth about what really happened before it is too late? And what is really at play behind the incident?
One of my favorite aspects of Love’s books would have to be the time period. She makes you feel like you are there in hot muggy Savannah with the alligators and marshy swamps. You can almost feel the damp heat and see the burned down school. Of course, the great characters are also a big part of the appeal. They range from sweet India who has been wrongly accused of murder to the very handsome, brilliant and yet troubled Phillip Sinclair. There is a twist in his story that I found quite interesting but I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you. This is an excellent book for readers who enjoy artistic story-telling with lots of history mixed but enough fiction to keep them turning pages.
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.