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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Spotlight on Love by Regina Andrews

Spotlight on Love by Regina Andrews
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (90 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Nurse Helen Middleton is a successful Emergency Room Supervisor at Rhode Island Hospital, sacrificing her dreams of a career as a vocalist to assist her family through the Great Depression. Although she is dedicated to the Nursing profession, her heart belongs to the world of music.

Then she meets William 'Red' Williamson, a dynamic and compelling figure she finds irresistible. They are just beginning to get to know each other, and Helen is just beginning to consider taking a chance on her dreams of singing, when all seems shattered and they are torn apart by the horrors of December 7, 1941.

When Red disappears from her life Helen decides to go try and find him, for a life with out love is like a life without song, a weak and feeble version of what life is meant to be. Through the danger and chaos of Algeria, Helen and Red are eventually united and decide together to shine the spotlight of their love on each other forever!

Nurse Helen Middleton tries to ignore the amazingly attractive man she finds in front of her desk, offering his heartfelt thanks.

William ‘Red’ Williamson won’t be ignored. First off, he feels he owes her and then second, he is immediately, unabashedly attracted.

Spotlight on Love’ is, in many ways, the classic tale of love; the two, almost in love at first sight, are forbidden to have a relationship…and Helen, well-meaning, rules-abiding Helen, tries to accept this, but Red does not. He is such a dynamic hero, we are as in love with him as Helen is. He’s certainly a man’s man, and a man of his times: we sense a woman, no matter how adored, must keep to her place. Andrews created characters that are truly reflective of the time, beliefs, and accepted mores of the day.

Both of them have dreams and goals they put aside, because of the war. Helen, especially, has given up her dreams, but in the face of other’s sufferings, we (and she) see the need. There is still regret, however.

There is such a sense of this overriding, higher cause dominating their lives, it makes this romance all the more evocative. The loss -– not only their losses, but their friends', the moments with Deidre after the bombing of Pearl harbor, all share a sense of pain and sorrows shared. There are also shared moments of danger, even terror. Ms. Andrews is amazingly good at tearing at your emotions. Some lesser events might come across as less than plausible, yet the pace never slows, and we are invested enough in the characters to keep reading.

Set in the 1940s, ‘Spotlight on Love’ is more about the people than the time or place. Although the events of the day are important, ultimately this is a charming love story.