“A Respectable Actress” by Dorothy Love
Historical Mystery Fiction
Review copy source: Litfuse
My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
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.
I was pretty pleasantly surprised with this book. It would’ve gotten a big higher rating had it had a fantastic faith-strand, but that was sadly missing. However, the mystery and suspense of this book was gripping. It wasn’t creepy, or dark at all, and the feel of it was lovely, truly. I really liked the character India and Philip, as well as Amelia, and a several others. The historical aspect was rich and yet it didn’t bog the book down at all, which I really appreciate. It really was a rather beautiful book.
The setting was intriguing, and well described so that I could picture it well. There were some interesting twists, and this book kept my attention quite well!
This quote made me happy:
“Anybody who collects books can’t be all bad” – Phillip Sinclair, A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love
So true. :D
The romance was a little too fast, and as usual, the kissing was too soon, and before marriage. That was a shame.
To be honest, I’m not sure what else to say about this book. I enjoyed it, and would have enjoyed it a great deal more if God had been involved. That was really the only disappointing fact. I think with a great godly-theme, this book would be amazing!
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which I have given.