Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Exceeding Expectations" Review

It’s 1961 and Palm Beach socialite, irresistible rascal and devoted father Jack Morgan encounters genuine danger while staging his suicide to shield his beloved daughters from disgrace. Next, meet his daughter Charlotte (Charlie), an over-indulged 23 year-old struggling to cope with the traumatizing loss of her beloved father, her sister’s resulting mental breakdown and the discovery that she’s suddenly penniless. Fortunately Raul, an admiring young attorney, appears to offer assistance. As terrified as she is about daily survival, Charlie soon realizes that she has to learn what drove her father to kill himself. With Raul’s much needed ego-bolstering, the drive of necessity and unforeseen determination, Charlie finds a practical use for her annoyingly lean 5’ 11” frame. In time, this career finances her hard-wrought independence, her sister’s costly treatment and an emotional eye-opening journey to Paris. 

Jumping back in time to romantic pre-WWII Paris readers meet young Alan Fitzpatrick – aka Jack Morgan – lack-luster artist, expert lover, irresistible rascal, and the bewitching girl who will become the mother of his children. Not even Charlie’s relentless detective work will uncover all Jack’s secrets, but in a fireworks of surprise endings, she discovers all that she needs to know and more: disturbing truths about her father, hew own unique talent, crimes great and small and a diabolical villain.

My Thoughts...
This was the first book I've read by this author, Lisa April Smith. But I have to say, it was a fun and bumpy ride. I struggled to put the book down once I started reading it. Therefore, not much work got done at my house the last two days.

This book has mystery, romance, suspense, a few twists and turns on that bumpy road to the end. And what a great surprise ending. Just the way I love my mysteries with "Surprise Endings!!!"


  1. I'm not much for historical fiction, but how could you not be interested in a story about a daughter finding out that her dad had an alias? I'm adding this to my list.

  2. The surprise ending sounds wonderful. I enjoyed your review, and am glad you enjoyed this book.