Friday, May 28, 2010

"A Week From Sunday" Review

"A Week From Sunday"

 This is a typical Dorothy Garlock book.  This is one of those books that you don't want to put down at night , but yet you don't want it to be over either. It has all of Dorothy Garlock's trademarks, romance, humor, suspence, murder, all leading up to a climatic but happy ending. She knows how to write about romance without TOO much of the trashy sex scenes that so many other authors feel is needed.

Adrianna Moore is just 25 when she loses her father. Still in shock of suddenly losing her father, grief turns to despair when her father's lawyer , Richard Pope, tells her that he is the executor of her estate. He told her that they were going to be married "A Week From Sunday,  otherwise she would get nothing of her inheritance.

From the very start there is no doubt that Mr. Pope is a psychotic and creepy older man - how creepy is not fully revealed until later - and Adrianna does the only thing possible in that time - she runs away. But on the wet streets in the pouring rain she loses control of her car, and crashes into a truck. Fortunate to survive the crash, the female doctor recommends that she stays with Quinn Baxter, whose truck she crashed into.  

Reluctant at first, she agrees and soon becomes good friends with Quinn and his 15 year old brother Jesse.  Jesse had been in an accident and needed looked after and help with his schooling.  Adrianna agrees to help with Jesse. Quinn also owns a saloon, so she agrees to play the piano for him in the saloon to help pay Quinn for the damages she caused to his truck, etc. 

She became immediate  enemies with Quinn's housekeeper, Lola,  who has long had her eyes on Quinn. Tempers rise until it all comes to a head when Richard Pope finally finds Adrianna and moves into the hotel in town...

As a good old-fashioned romance,  "A Week from Sunday" is a delightful historical novel filled with conniving lawyers, murderous housemaids and of course the indispensable rugged hero.

"A Week from Sunday" cannot claim to be anything but a light read, but even so it is totally addictive as it draws you into a quiet Louisiana town of the 1930's.  The ending nicely tied up all loose ends. I would probably recommend "A Week from Sunday" for a couple of hours, or days, of a fun reading time.

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