A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love ~ Review

A Respectable Actress
Lucie's Review:

India Hartley is a talented and beautiful actress, who has been on the stage since her youth, when she acted in her father's theater troupe. But upon her father's death, she sets out up on a theater tour, playing parts in theaters across the country. Her first stop is Savannah, Georgia, where she is set to star alongside the local star Arthur Sterling. When a script change in order to impress the local critics goes horribly wrong, she finds herself on trial for murder.

Philip Sinclair is hired as her defense lawyer, and as she grows to trust him, she discovers secrets that threaten her future. Will India's name be cleared or will this scandal haunt her for the rest of her life?

A Southern Historical read, with a gothic twist. Well written, and full of mystery, as secrets are revealed and people are not as they seem, India doesn't know where to turn or whom to trust.

A very unique read, that the more I thought about it the more I realized that I had enjoyed it. This book has so much to offer, and plenty going on, kinda like Jane Erye on the stage of a Southern plantation.

Philip is a good man, far from brooding, though he does tend to keep to himself. He is good at his job, and he does everything that he can to help India clear her name.

Overall, a satisfying read that has much to offer from the mystery, secrets, and gothic setting to the romance, and friendship, along with the suspense. Definitely one to try out!

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About the book: 

A Respectable Actress (Thomas Nelson, October 2015)

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.

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About the author:
A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. When she isn't busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.

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