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Monday, May 18, 2009

Fortune’s Child by Josephine Adams

Fortune’s Child by Josephine Adams
Publisher: Wild Horse Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (203 pgs)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Review by Lily

A childhood friendship is severed when a girl's socialite mother decides she doesn't want her daughter hobnobbing with the local janitor's son.

The girl is taken from public school and thrust into private schools for the rest of her academic life. As a result, she spends her life seeking independence from her mother's wealthy lifestyle.

And the janitor's son? He determines to overcome his feeling of worthlessness and vows never again to be in a position where someone else can influence his sense of self worth.

The two go their separate ways: he into business on the east coast, she into theater on the west coast. Only a determined Fate can bring them back together.

A love story of epic proportions, which could have snatched me from lethargy and raced me through the suspense-driven plot to a height of romantic pleasure. Alas, Child’s soaring takeoff hit a bit of chaotic turbulence which rushed to a disastrous ending when it skidded to a stop on the tarmac before the romance ever had a chance to take flight.

In the outstanding vein of Grisham and Patterson, Josephine Adams’ plot-driven story had me turning page after page until I passed the halfway point. It was then the story became hurried in such a way I felt as if I’d tasted all the novel had to offer. The rest came as predictable frosting on a cake which hadn’t been given enough time to bake. It glazed rather than frosted in the end. Ah, but what a start it had. Taking me from the kill or be killed giants on Wall Street to a mesmerizing theatre troupe of amateurs in California, Child produced rich characters with strengths and flaws enough for anyone. Their stories should have been completed, should have been allowed to play out. Instead, an unexpected time warp left me wondering “what happened?” and then the race for the finish began in earnest.

Lauren Wheaton Charles, coming from money but wanting to make it on her own, developed a life plan that made me want to know her better, want to accompany her on her journey into community theatre and beyond.

Jason Mathews’ struggle to overcome his modest beginnings hooked me as he fought the bulls and bears of Wall Street to come into his own. And come into it, he did, with elegance and grace.

Why would I give Fortune’s Child a 3.5 rating? And why would I read another of the author’s books? I believe in her ability to tell a great story. Now, if only she will show it to the end and keep the pace she sets in the beginning, her stories will be satisfying and as amazing as Fortune’s Child started. This is an author to keep an eye on. Read her novel, if for no other reason than to be caught up in how this romance begins, just try not to be too disappointed in the ending, where you’ll find yourself at the baggage claim before you had a chance to touch down.