Monday, November 14, 2011
Romance Book Review: Shea McMaster's Rachel Dahlrumple
Genre: Romance/ Contemporary
Publisher: Lyrical Press
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It is 4th of July, 2009, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett have just died. Not only that, a famous football player has been found shot to death in the apartment of a woman who appears to have taken her own life. Everyone is watching the news to hear what celebrity news to see what will happen next.
Rachel can only feel sympathy for the families of those who have lost their loved ones, especially the football player's wife. She knows exactly how that woman must feel since she is now in the Myst of her own scandal after the death of her husband.
Rachel's husband was found dead while doing the nasty with another woman, and now Rachel is learning all kinds of things about her husband of 17 years she wished she didn't know. Not only that. it appears someone wants her dead and she has no idea who, only that it is someone related to her husband. Luckily she has handsome Deputy Dan to help her when she is attacked by poison plants and snakes and to help her over the heartbreak of her husband's deceptions.
This novel is written all in the first person and runs as an autobiography of the events that take place in Rachel Dahlrumple's life from the day before her husband's death until authoring the her thoughts of that time. At times the story seems to run a little slow, but readers get a chance to see the emotional ups and downs of Rachel's life as she and her friends try to decipher the mess her husband left behind.
There is a bit of a mystery to the story in trying to find out who the person is who is trying to poison Rachel.
Her husband's death is just the beginning of her marital woes.
Rachel's humiliation over the discovery of her late husband's affairs turns to fear when one of his mistresses sends her a poisoned bouquet. But finding the source of the killer flowers is only one step on her path to solving the mystery her husband left behind.
Deputy Dan Weston is with Rachel when the bouquet arrives, and he's at her side as she deals with so many of the secrets that come to light after her husband's death. Dan has carried a torch for Rachel since puberty and he's not going to let her dead husband's vindictive girlfriends or his psychotic mother come between them now. But that means finding out who is sending snakes and poisoned posies before one kills Rachel.