JMB Publishing Good Read
... Recommended ... 5 stars
in the disorderly 1960's, is the story of a Nora Steele. She
must face calamitous worries, when she is hauled into a dirty
lane late at night, by scurrilous, would be rapist, Jason Merk.
In spite of the fact that she was raised in an orphanage, Nora
lands satisfactory employment just before she has to move out
on her own at age eighteen. Her hard work and devotion pays off
when she secures the admiration of her employer. Puissant Detroit
Michigan defense lawyer Houston Ripley volunteers to pay for
Nora's college education, before giving her an impressive promotion.
Masquerading as a journalist
Nora manages to locate her maternal grandparents, in historic
Mariemont, Ohio, and through them searches out her mother, well
known novelist, Amy Snider.
Nora's life is well-nigh flawless
until Blake Baxter, on leave from the Navy, anticipating a tour
in Vietnam, crosses paths with Nora at a co-worker's party. Although
he is in the habit of always having his way with women, Baxter
is chagrined to discover he can't get anywhere with Nora Steele.
Whenever he turns on the charisma, she scorns him. The fact that
Nora apparently despises him, and views him as a heavy-handed,
bothersome idiot, only serves to strengthen Blake's passion to
win her over.
Notable characters include, Jeff
Foster, an impressive, smart barrister with a jaunty disposition,
and Rose, the Italian bookstore owner in Cincinnati, who works
assiduously to keep her business open. Susan, the beautiful black
paralegal who falls in love with a white man, even though her
parents are over zealous in the civil rights movement and of
course Nora herself are well developed characters filled with
vivacity, and angst. Roy Rollick, the big redheaded farmer from
London Kentucky who loves fat women, Laura, the orphan who dreams
of becoming a doctor, along with Jane Goodbee, the compassionate
head mistress of the Seventh Street Orphanage add to the reader's
interest. Rounding out the book are Mindy Wilson, an aging heiress
who is alone in the world, Samantha Tabor, the woman Blake Baxter
was expected to marry.
the first in the series, book two will pick up the story as Blake
searches for Nora. Writer Terry has produced an interesting page
turner sure to keep the reader engrossed. From the opening lines
as Nora flees from her attacker right to the last paragraphs
as Blake is bereft when he realizes Nora may be gone from his
life for good the book moves right along. Characters are well
rounded, filled with human frailty, foibles, and imperfection.
Dialogue is full of grit, hard hitting, acceptable. Blake is
a good foil for the serious Nora. Possibilities is an excellent
initial work for this series, the reader is caught up in the
tale, then the book ends with the reader wanting to know what
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.