With a very intriguing plot, this book definitely started off with a bang. Literally! 😉 Talk about a gripping first page! I was instantly drawn into the setting and onto the stage with the actress, our heroine, India. Curious to see how it all played out, I kept reading and was surprised to see how it all unfolded. I think many readers will enjoy the suspense and drama of this historical tale.
What I missed from the story, though, was a real bond and connection with the characters. I really liked India and Phillip, but I didn’t fully understand them either. I was left wishing I knew them a bit better. The story is entirely told from India’s perspective, which isn’t bad, but I missed not reading and knowing Phillip’s perspective of things. It left me in the dark at times, along with India, as to how he felt or what he was thinking. I wanted more of their love story, but maybe that’s just me and my silly romantic heart. 😉
On the other hand, there were several strengths of this story as well. For one, the setting is very rich in historical influences. I love this time period in the South. I enjoyed the twists of the plot and the scenes of the trial, especially. Wow! So much of it was unique and different than other stories and I appreciated that. Overall, it was a fun and interesting read. Check it out and enjoy!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and the TNZ Fiction Guild for my copy.
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.