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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 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 fathers death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannahs Southern Palace. On the eve of the second nights 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 bestand handsomestlawyer 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 cant 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 Philips 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. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy
Amanda B5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!June 17, 2016Amanda BQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first book I've read by Dorothy Love, and I loved it!
India Hartley is a famous actress, who embarks upon a tour of theaters. The first city she stops in is Savannah, and on the second night of her performance, her co-star is shot dead in front of a full audience. India immediately goes from the star performer to being arrested. A raving fan and benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best lawyer in Savannah, to defend India.
India travels to St Simon's Island to Philip's worn-out plantation in order to stay away from the media while he prepares her defense. While on the island, India uncovers numerous long-kept secrets. Could these secrets possibly set her free?
I loved the settings of the book, and thought the action moved at a steady pace. While somewhat predictable, there were a few twists I didn't expect at all.
I wish the theme of Christianity was more prominent; there were several missed opportunities to reveal Christ's redemption and forgiveness.
Overall, I enjoyed it very much, and would like to know more of India and Philip's story.
I received a free copy of this book from the Thomas-Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided.
BeckBeck5 Stars Out Of 5An Intriguing ReadJanuary 26, 2016BeckBeckQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4India Hartley has performed as an actress all over the world. She performs at Savannah's prestigious Southern Palace Theater. One night a horrible murder takes place on stage and India is charged with her fellow actor's death and booked at Savannah's Chatham County Jail. A wealthy benefactor, Mrs. Celia Mackay believes in India's innocence and hires a reputable lawyer, Phillip Sinclair to defend India. Due to Ms. Hartley's high profile case, Mr. Sinclair receives permission to take her to his plantation on St. Simons Island to avoid prying eyes. India soon becomes acquainted to life at Indigo Point as Phillip works to build a strong case to defend her. Phillip's sister Amelia befriends India. Somethings and some people at Indigo Point do not make sense and the further India digs, the more tangled things become.
Phillip and India slowly become very important to each other. Her trial begins and does not go well. Her life quickly unravels when Phillip's dead wife returns.
There are many twists and turns in this book. I really enjoyed this book.
oktobemeOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great Read!January 25, 2016oktobemeOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"A Respectable Actress" by Dorothy Love is another great book. It is full of secrets, mystery, suspense, murder, living a day at a time and of course romance. You will find yourself cheering for India in all the struggles and changes she faces. Hearts healed and new beginnings are waiting for you.
Stephie4 Stars Out Of 5Great book!January 25, 2016StephieQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is the first book I have read by Dorothy Love. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I really enjoyed this book. The main characters were very realistic. India is accused of murder and Philip is in charge of defending her. I enjoyed getting to know India and her story. This book really kept my attention the whole time. I also like the romance in this book as well as the historical aspects. I would read another book by Dorothy Love.
Jeanine5 Stars Out Of 5A Respectable ActressJanuary 5, 2016JeanineQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story opens in Savannah, Georgia in late 1870, where India Hartley is performing on her own after losing her father. The highly regarded and famous actress is preparing to go onstage when the director demands that she make a last minute change- using a stage gun to shoot Arthur Sterling, the citys most loved actor, rather than throw a vase at him. When the shot rings out, Arthur collapses and dies and India is drawn into a mystery. Why did the gun have real bullets? Who prompted the change? And how will India be able to convince a judge of her innocence in the death of their citys favorite actor? After a night in the jail, India is released to Philip Sinclar, a widowed lawyer who is hired by a wealthy local woman to represent her. Sinclair arranges to have India removed from the area to his plantation on Indigo Point, where she will be out of the eyes of the reporters who are eager to find her. Sinclair hopes to be able to make enough money to rebuild his plantation home which had been neglected and partially destroyed during the war. There, India quickly finds that the island holds a mystery of its own and she is drawn into intrigue once again. The story begins to twist as India is attracted to Philip and then is rebuffed by his staff. Ms. Love continues to introduce intrigue and weave mystery around the characters as the story unfolds. I find her writing to be fresh and the historical references add to the enjoyment of this book.
Advance copy of this book provided by The Fiction Guild for reading and review purposes.