Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dance for a Dead Princess by Deborah Hawkins

Dance for a Dead Princess
by Deborah Hawkins



Nicholas Carey, 18th Duke of Burnham, international financier, is haunted by the loss of all the women he has ever loved.  Taylor Collins, a beautiful American attorney, struggles to regain the love of the man who left her at the altar.   A mystery rooted in the Carey family’s past throws Nicholas and Taylor into the midst of deadly international intrigue. 

Finalist, Foreward Reviews Book of the Year;  Finalist, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Honorable Mention Paris Book Awards



Mid-April 2010, Paris

In the  gray spring rain, he stood in the Place d’Alma staring down at the tunnel where she had vanished from his life on the last night of August 1997.  He  came here whenever he was in Paris.  He counted the pillars until he reached number thirteen, the one that had taken her life.  Tears formed behind his eyes, as they always did in this place.  But he refused to let them overflow.  Instead, he took a long breath of fresh rain mixed with the exhaust of cars speeding through the tunnel.  

 When the big black Mercedes entered its skid that horrible night,  his last living link to Deborah had been taken from him.   Diana and Deborah, West Heath girls, friends forever.  Deborah had been dead since 1994, but he had lost her long before she became his wife, three years after he met her at Diana’s wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981.   How many nights had he spent talking to Diana about his marriage, about her marriage, about his guilt over Deborah,  and about the impossibility of being in love?  Too many to count.  He ached to tell her now how empty his life had become without either of them.

My review:
Four Stars
Copy received from Goddess Book Tours for an honest review
I really enjoyed this historical romance by Deborah Hawkins.  I thought that the characters were well-developed and also very likeable.  I liked the mystery aspect that the author included in the story and thought it added to the tension. The writing was engaging and the storyline interesting. I really enjoyed this story and recommend it to anyone that is looking for a little bit of romance, intrigue and mystery.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Deborah grew up in the South, wrote her first novel at the of age thirteen, and has been writing ever since. In graduate school, she studied Irish Literature and came to believe all Irishmen and Southerners are born storytellers. In addition to writing, she loves music and plays the clarinet. Now that her children are grown, she devotes her time to law, music, writing, and her two Golden Retrievers, Melody and Rhythm.

Deborah taught college English and worked as a technical editor before going to law school. She worked for several large East Cost firms before coming to California in the mid-1980's where she developed a solo practice as an appellate attorney while raising her three children as a single parent. She is admitted to the bar in two states and the District of Columbia, is a certified appellate specialist, and has a Master of Laws in addition to a Masters in English. She believes that even a legal case always begins with a story.  Her second novel, Ride Your Heart ‘Til It Breaks is expected to be out in December 2014.

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