Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Kendall Evans' "Trusting the Law"

Trusting the Law
Author: Kendall Evans
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 38 Pages
Released: April 2012 by Astraea Prea
ISBN: 978-1-62135-028-6
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Blurb: 

Chicago
November 1922

The last person Anna needs to fall in love with is a police officer, especially since she breaks the law every day. Running a speakeasy wasn't her first choice, but making money is. With the price of hooch at an all-time premium, the money is more than enough to pay for her uncle's expensive medication and the bills. She doubts Officer Paul Gordon will see things the same way.

Paul is enchanted with the chestnut-haired woman he runs into on a cold, Chicago street, and that enchantment quickly turns to more. If someone were to tell him she was a criminal, he'd never believe it. Then he sees it for himself. When Anna is arrested, he must make a decision—protect her or his badge.

Saph's Review:

"Trusting the Law" is a nice novella about a woman on the wrong side of the law who does what she does to help support the uncle that practically raised her. Written during the time of Prohibition, the author does a really good job incorporating many of the elements of that time period; scenes and language for example. When Anna meets Officer Gordon late one night she figures that it's only a matter of time before her secret speakeasy becomes knowledge--which, of course, it does. After Anna is arrested and the speakeasy is cleared out, it is then that Officer Gordon must sacrifice his badge or aid Anna.

I found this novella to not be lacking in substance. There was strength throughout the entire plot that gave credibility and believability to the story. There was a very distinct issue at the end of the novella however, that didn't flow with the time period. In the early 1900's it was considered inappropriate for unmarried men and a women to be alone together and doubly so if they were alone together in a bedroom. There is such a scene in this novella, but no worries, no immorality or fornication. The inconsistency doesn't detract from the sweetness or likability of this novella.

The willingness of Anna to break the law in order to help her uncle is a very heartfelt, unselfich act even though it's not only illegal but unethical. I put myself in Anna's shoes though....How far would you go to help those that you love?

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