Friday 29 March 2013

Book ~ "Saving Grace" (2012) Pamela Fagan Hutchins

From Goodreads ~ Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously in a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. When she flees Texas for the Caribbean, Katie escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked Bloody Mary habit, but she trades one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. 

She’s bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she’s as much a danger to herself as the island’s bad guys are. As the worst of her worlds collide, Katie drags herself back to the courthouse to defend her new friend Ava, an island local accused of stabbing the senator she’s been sleeping with.

Katie is a partner in a law firm in Dallas.  She is in love with Nick, one of the firm's investigators but he's not reciprocating.  She tends to turn to a bottle to drown her sorrows (her heart breaking and the recent death of her parents).  She takes a vacation and heads to St. Marcos in the U.S. Virgin Islands where her parents had died last year in a mysterious accident.  She falls in love with the island and is entranced by an unfinished house called Annalise.

After a disastrous court case, she quits her job and and moves to St. Marcos.  When her new friend, Ava, is arrested for murdering her lover, she does all she can to prove Ava's innocence.

I found this book started off kind of slow ... but after a few chapters it picked up.  I liked the writing style and it was well-paced and funny at times ... it kept me wanting to read more.  Set on a Caribbean island, I liked how the author casually explained phonetically how the residents spoke and that's how I heard them speaking in my head ... I was imagining the lilt.

I liked the characters and thought they interacted well and had a connection.  I could feel Katie's torment in trying to get her life together and find peace.  Ava had all the guys chasing after her and I found it believable.  I wondered, though, why Katie was so hung up on Nick.  He never gave her any encouragement and there was stuff about him that I as the reader didn't know but the book hinted at ... it felt like there was a book before this one where Katie and Nick's relationship was introduced and explored.

I liked this book and would recommend it.


Teresa said...

Enjoy the long weekend, hope the weather is nice and warm.

JCB said...

Did you hear that goodreads has been purchased by Amazon?