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Friday, April 3, 2009

Saving Grace by Diana Stefano

Saving Grace by Diana Stefano
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Action/Adventure; Contemporary; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Edelweiss

Susanna Charles knows what she wants and his name was Ethan Stone. She dreamt of their life together - the perfect wedding, a happy marriage and a brood of children running at their feet. But when the love of her life, a decorated policeman, turns against her and leaves her holding more secrets than she can bear, she ends up in a cold courtroom reciting vows to another man she does not love.

As their paths continue to cross, she finds more answers than questions about Ethan’s odd behavior. Is he more interested in the corrupt underworld he works in, or is there something else keeping them apart? Susanna is desperate to find out, but there is one thing standing in her way; a husband who will do anything to stop her.

Susanna and Ethan seem perfect for each other, but secretive aspects of his police work complicate the terms of commitment. Ruinous developments soon prevail, and an old flame fills the vacuum.

This book is well written, with prose so fluid it qualifies as nearly addictive as it grabs hold then gallops on. This yields an compelling read, made pleasurable by the plot’s exquisite suspense. And that’s before you discover that the characters are vividly portrayed and compelling in their own right. The author achieves something rarely done: vivid characters with human flaws that evoke sympathy even while adding more fuel to an already fast moving plot. Such a shame, then, that poor proofing (and strange punctuation) mar the text in multiple spots. I thought the ending a bit complex when a simpler, more believable denouement was clearly in sight, but this is more a matter of taste than criticism.

Saving Grace is as exciting a read as many thrillers, and Susanna’s destination is a satisfying one.

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