on Nov. 24, 2013 :
I was startled by how much I liked this story. The author’s sincere, sympathetic portrayal of the heroine impressed me. The sad undercurrent that ran through Maddy’s dialogue and relationships rang very true to me. I didn’t feel she was particularly like me, but I could certainly believe she’s out there somewhere.
Maddy works as private secretary to a successful lawyer named Peter Maxwell. She constantly slaves for this man, who is boring, selfish, and rapidly balding. He relies on her help constantly outside of work, but he’s too complacent and full of himself to notice her obvious feelings for him. When a man confronts Max about his wife’s murderer, a former client of Max’s, Max and Maddy have a series of sudden adventures that result in the loss of Max’s memory and a complete change in his life.
I couldn’t stand Max, but the romance worked for me because I really believed Maddy would fall in love with him. Unlike most romance heroes, he felt like a real person. The elements of religion were tactfully woven in towards the end. The heroine was shown at first as somewhat of a Christian, but a bit shallow and distant from God. This gave her character a chance to grow as well.
I should mention that there were two quite lengthy scenes of people having conversations while perched dangerously on the tiny, narrow ledges outside windows of tall office buildings. This is so highly unusual that I found it a little distracting, although it certainly made the scenes memorable.
(review of free book)