Date: April 2003
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Janet Elaine Smith
Reviewer Notes: Sexually
explicit, some abuse issues
Janet Elaine Smith is the author
of 11 published novels, the latest being Par for the Course,
And They Called Her General Leigh, A Lumberjack Christmas
and A Christmas Dream
by the Past
the onset of this book, it appears to be (excuse the term) a "trashy
novel." It opens with a beautiful young woman, who calls herself
"Raina," dancing in a strip club. She is being ogled by
a professional-appearing man, who has been observing her for some
end of the evening, she accompanies him to his apartment. However,
that is where the story takes a sharp turn to the right.
they make mad, passionate love, there is a depth in the relationship
which carries throughout the entire book. Raina's real name is Sara
Pettigrew, and she is dancing her way through law school. As you
discover the heartaches of her past life, you soon find yourself
surprisingly not pitying her, but admiring the strength she shows
to overcome her past.
same time, the warmth and support her "gentleman" friend
(with whom she decides to live) gives every woman hope for this
kind of a support system. He not only encourages her to finish her
education, but also stands firmly behind her as she builds a very
successful career as a lawyer, and eventually to becoming a judge.
this is when everything hits the fan. A face out of her past emerges,
threatening to destroy everything she has worked so hard to do.
It is at this point that Sara really shines. She puts a plan into
motion to thwart her enemy's attempts and comes out smelling like
began as a very questionable book turned into one of the best books
I have read in years. In fact, I don't think I have read such a
terrific tale of "true redemption" since I read the Bible.
is a don't miss read, and I can't wait to see what Marvin Reid will
come up with next.