Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love

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.
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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.

My Review 

India Hartley has spent most of her life on stage, being raised by her father, he taught her all aspects of thespian living.
Now she is all alone after her father’s death, and continues to do what she knows, by being an actress. What she doesn’t know that her life is about to change forever, this job in Savannah, Georgia may well be her last. Her life is changed by an alternation in the script, that she doesn’t approve of, but has no choice but to preform.
The results are the death of one of the performers, and now she is charged with murder, and with no extra funds, what is going to happen to her? The gallows? Enter a lover of the arts, and her hometown of Savannah in the form of Mrs. Mackay who brings a very successful lawyer to help her in the form of Philip Sinclair.
Philip ends up being more than her lawyer, but also her protector, and brings her to his planation on Indigo Point. Her she meets his sister and housekeeper, and many of the Island inhabitants, but not all are as they appear, and there are a lot of secrets that are waiting to be found out.
While we travel around this are of Georgia, we find that it is still trying to heal from the after affects of the War, and we get glimpses of what life was like during this period. You will be drawn here and feel you are walking in India’s shoes, and where they lead you may not want to go, but are forced to open each of the doors.
Will India end up dying for a crime she was innocently forced to do, or will Philip be able to work his magic and free her. Open the pages of this book and the Author will draw you right in, when it is ended, I wanted more. Enjoy!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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