Monday, May 31, 2010

AN HONORABLE MAN by Darlene Gardner

Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Date Published: May 2010
ISBN: 978-0373716364
Contemporary Romance, Series
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Lil
Obtained via Publisher

A tragic accident left twelve-year-old Ben Nash without a mother and with a deep sadness that has haunted him into adulthood. Twenty years later, he is a grown man and a reputable investigative reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune. His world comes to a screeching halt when he receives a mysterious email hinting at something dark regarding the death of his mom. Determined to find out the truth, he makes his way to the place where his life had changed so drastically, Indigo Springs.

Dr. Sierra Whitmore is proper, predictable and has a deep abiding love for and pride in her family. No one has seemed to see past the veneer she shows the world to the funny and vibrant woman she is underneath. Then a handsome stranger appears and penetrates the persona. Unfortunately, his purpose in town might be the downfall to a reputation dear to her.

This is the fourth instalment of the Return to Indigo Springs series. The story has a somber plot but manages to be beautiful, romantic and show flashes of humor. Histories of the characters are revealed at a pace and in a manner which allows the reader to really grasp the aspects that shaped them.

Our hero goes about his profession with a doggedness that has served him well so one expects the same with an issue that is more personal. The internal conflict of his drive and his wish to be respectful to the sensitivities of the heroine makes his situation tentative and touching.

It was more difficult to feel as warmly toward the heroine. Her deepening feelings toward Ben aside, she behaved in a way that was less than what one might have wished. Understandable under the circumstances? Well, perhaps...and it did highlight the benefits of AN HONOURABLE MAN.

Those who would like to explore the Return to Indigo Springs more thoroughly should also pick up THE HERO’S SIN, THE STRANGER'S SIN, and THE SECRET SIN.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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