Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Review - A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love


When India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.

India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.

A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.

Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia lowcountry and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.

My Review 

I enjoy historical fiction and novels set in the south, so A Respectable Actress is exactly my type of read.  I loved the atmospheric setting of Savannah (my favorite place - I lived there as a child) and St. Simons Island.  The theatre world was equally fascinating.

India was a strong, interesting character.  Philip was equally intelligent and likable.  I really liked the way they worked together to solve the mystery, while they were drawn together in the process.

A Respectable Actress was a real page turner combining both mystery and romance.  It is my first read by Dorothy Love, but will certainly not be my last!  I have already given a copy of this book to my mother, along with my recommendation, because it was such an enjoyable read.  I know other fans of historical fiction set in the south will also enjoy this novel.

About the Author

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. When she isn’t busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.


Dorothy Love's website

A Respectable Actress at Amazon

A Respectable Actress at Goodreads 

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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