Saturday, October 22, 2016
Book Review: A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love
When the illustrious India Hartley is accused of murder, she has to uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.
India Hartley, the famous and beautiful actress, is now alone in the world 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 low country 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
What I loved: I read Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love, and her writing style is so interesting! She manages to fill her books to the brim with historical information without sounding like a professor giving a boring lecture, haha! I really liked India and Phillip, and the plot was really interesting and intriguing. The law process has always been of interest to me personally, and this book did not disappoint.
What I didn't like: I have never been incredibly interested in acting or theater, so those scenes/ chapters were a little boring! Also, India and Phillip's relationship was a little dry. I think they fell in love a little too quick and definitely kissed too quick.
Concerning content: The book focuses on a murder, a few kisses and romantic thoughts. Phillip's first wife cheated on him. People burn in a fire.
Conclusion and Personal Rating: A Respectable Actress was a great book full of mystery and intrigue! Personal rating is 3/5 stars. Probably best for 8th graders and up!