Sunday, November 1, 2015

Book Review - A Respectable Actress


When India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.

India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father's death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah's Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night's performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.

A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best---and handsomest---lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.

Because India can't go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia lowcountry and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip's dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.


A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. When she isn't busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.

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Dorothy Love is one of my favorite authors so when I saw this book, I jumped at the chance to read and review it and I wasn't disappointed! In fact, this may be her best one yet!

This book has so much of what I love in a book. Mystery, intrigue, romance, with accurate historical information woven throughout. This book is set during the time after the civil war when the South is trying to rebuild. I especially loved that this was set in an area that I've always wanted to visit - the low-country of Georgia. The author made you feel like you were there with her amazing descriptions of this area. 
India is an actress, during a time when that is not considered a respectable way to make a living. She is accused of murder and, while it looks hopeless for her, a lawyer steps in to help her by the name of Philip. He has her released to his custody and he takes her to Indigo Point to await her trial. Not only is there mystery associated with India, there is with Philip as well and we are taken into this intriguing story of two people with things hidden.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were well written and I was drawn into the story almost immediately, which is always a bonus. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. 

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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