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No Perfect Secret Kindle Edition
|Length: 353 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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If you're looking for steamy sex and plenty of lust, or a slow build of tension until an explosive release...no, this isn't that kind of book.
The shattering of Anna's life happens slowly, like a chip that becomes a crack and then a web until the whole structure falls apart. Hell, it takes almost a third of the book before you find out what exactly has happened to Kevin - and what he's done. Not to say nothing happens, though - all is slowly revealed through Frank's investigations...and the other events in Anna's life.
Oh, so hard to review this without spoilers!
A brilliant book with a mature heroine, a bloke who's no hero though he aspires to be one, and the pursuit of happiness.
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Anna is a successful, bright research librarian at the Library of Congress. Her nasty mother-in-law lives with her, and her narcissistic husband is a document carrier for the U.S. government. (Frankly, I would like to smack Anna's mother-in-law upside the head. She is a mean, manipulative woman.) Anna functions as a caregiver for this awful women.
The plot begins to develop as we realize something has happened to Kevin, the husband. His death sets in motion a string of events, and we soon find out he is a liar and a bigamist. There is a silver lining in the storm clouds, however, and an investigator named Frank Caburn shows up at Anna's door on an icy Washington D.C. day. Frank is the polar opposite of her cheating husband, and he is charged with gathering information about her husband and taking care of her. As Anna peels back the onion of her husband's deceit she lets go of the repressive mentality that has controlled her.
I hope the author will honor my request for a future story that includes some of these characters. My only disappointment was that Clara-Alice, the mother-in-law, didn't have more of a comeuppance. She disgusted me.
Anna Nesmith had it all... a great marriage, a dream job, a beautiful house, and a group of great friends. But below the surface, things are not what they seem. Despite years of trying she and her husband did not produce any babies. She had to put up with her harping mother-in-law with mental issues. When her husband did not come home for the Holidays, but instead, a state department investigator called Frank Caburn showed up, Anna's life started to unravel. It appears that her husband had kept a lot from her... well beyond his work... Frank Caburn knew the truth, and seeing the devastation his own investigation had caused in Anna's life brought out Frank's protective instincts. He didn't count on getting stabbed by her crazy mother-in-law or winning her affection, even though he wanted it. But how much can he reveal without jeopardizing his investigation, and will she still want him after knowing he kept all the secrets?
The mystery slow reveal for Anna was done in stages and it kept things really tense. On the other hand, I find the romance between Frank and Anna a bit forced, and falls into the "protector falling for the protectee" trope except there is no external threat to push them together.
Oh man, finding out about the abominable snowman, I mean Kevin Nesmith actually got me into a whirl. Add his lunatic mom to the equation and my head imploded. I gotta hand it to Anna Elena Nesmith (nee Price) for having a good head on her shoulders, literally. This woman was a machine gun, firing off one trivia after another, gradually educating me about the Mayans and kuru and planners and teas with Scotch and wars and different countries and chicken cordon bleu.. I totally fell in love with her relationship with the people around her outside her marriage. The initially awkward and tense meeting with Frank, the warm kinship between her and feisty Lila, the weird but colorful tandem of Clarence and Jojo, the beautiful friendship from the State Department people (Helen, you're my favorite!), and soon the hilariously casual bantering between Anna and Caburn had me smirking and grinning like a dog at the end of the book.
Jackie Weger is a gem. I found her writing very unique and comfortable and so annoyingly beautiful. No Perfect Secret is such a perfect read! I wouldn't want it any other way. Now let me indulge in Anna's double chocolate fudge cake which she baked and graciously shared after her wedding before Clarence aka Savannah comes back for second helping. Yum!
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