About the book:
A Respectable Actress (Thomas Nelson, October 2015)
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.
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About the author:
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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"A Respectable Actress" is the perfect mix and balance of suspense and romance. Dorothy Love has created her characters based on real people and historical events which really brings the story alive. India is a character whom I loved immediately and felt for as she was confused, scared, alone and being accused of a murder she did not think she had committed. Philip comes to her rescue; however he also has a past and he is trying to move on with his life in all areas.
I loved the setting of the story and Dorothy did a wonderful job with creating the scene. Set in the deep south following the war and the devastation that took place in the land, but also in the people's spirits. Indigo Point is home to Philip and a haven to those living there, but it also holds secrets and is holding the past captive for Philip and others. I could picture the home, the walkways, the destruction and the vision that Philip had for rebuilding it.
The other characters added so much to the story and of course my favorites were Celia and Frannie, but Mr. Lockwood became a favorite as well. I loved the roles that they played in India's life.
The book started right out in the midst of the action and I was immediately engrossed in the story as details from the past and present were woven together.
I highly recommend this book for Dorothy Love fans and also those who enjoy historical fiction,
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