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Anna is a successful, bright research librarian at the Library of Congress. Her nasty mother-in-law lives with her, and her narcissistic husband is a document carrier for the U.S. government. (Frankly, I would like to smack Anna's mother-in-law upside the head. She is a mean, manipulative woman.) Anna functions as a caregiver for this awful women.
The plot begins to develop as we realize something has happened to Kevin, the husband. His death sets in motion a string of events, and we soon find out he is a liar and a bigamist. There is a silver lining in the storm clouds, however, and an investigator named Frank Caburn shows up at Anna's door on an icy Washington D.C. day. Frank is the polar opposite of her cheating husband, and he is charged with gathering information about her husband and taking care of her. As Anna peels back the onion of her husband's deceit she lets go of the repressive mentality that has controlled her.
I hope the author will honor my request for a future story that includes some of these characters. My only disappointment was that Clara-Alice, the mother-in-law, didn't have more of a comeuppance. She disgusted me.
Some of the story's details just don't make sense. We're repeatedly told that Anna, the protagonist, is so smart, so intelligent. One really has to suspend belief that, 1) She accept the mother-in-law moving in 5 days after the wedding, 2) She'd put up with being stuck, mostly alone, with the overbearing monster-in-law for 10 years, while hubby travels the world. 3) She wants a baby so badly. Hubby was keeping a calendar to track her fertile days to avoid impregnating her. It never occurred to this "smart" woman to track her own fertility to help her conceive?
I enjoyed the story, and the oddball characters. Just wish writers would use editors and stop expecting spellcheck to do the job.
This story takes place in Washington, DC. The players in this sweet and sometimes twisted story are Anna Nesmith who has been married to Kevin Nesmith, employed by the government as a courier, for ten years. Frank Caburn is an investigator for the State Department who was chosen to deliver the news to Anna that her husband, Kevin, was found dead on his last courier mission. Frank and his cohorts at the department had red flags popping up all over the place when Kevin dropped dead in the airport on his way back home.
Then we have Kevin's mother who is completely looney-tunes in a very bad, I could and maybe will kill you, kind of way. Then there is Anna's neighbor who is a very old but still a spry woman. Throw in a couple of other 'sort of different' characters and you have hilarity added in with the seriousness of the story.
In this review, I won't go any further on the story line and let it unfold at the same time it does for the characters. It would just really spoil the impact and I don't want to do that.
This is a great story and I am going to continue with the series. I highly recommend this book and loved it just as much the second time as the first. Thanks to Jackie Weger for a great read and not giving us a hero who was also a man-whore and writing with tame language. It was a pleasant change.
The tragedy is our h finding she is one of many wives. The romance did the happily ever after with one of the investigators. The farce was everything else. The writing style is easy breezy and farce-like. The idea that the State Dept doesn't do background checks and wouldn't have discovered the multiple marriages is silly. The idea that the government would put so much money and resources into this investigation is crazy. Add the fact that our very intelligent h doesn't know the difference between infer and imply, and the book lost any sense of reality for me.