The Liar by Nora Roberts
Shelby Pomeroy Foxworth is a recent young widow with a three year old daughter living in a mansion outside of Philadelphia. She is getting used to the idea of being widowed when she starts getting phone calls from various financial institutions. Turns out Richard, her not-so-dear departed, was not as flush as he led her to believe. He left her millions of dollars worth of debt. And it turns out their financial situation isn’t the only thing he lied about.
This is romantic suspense in true Roberts style. My only complaint is that I knew how the book was going to end as soon as it started. But I kept listening, and gladly. Shelby is a woman that is coming into her own and taking control of a life she lost her hold on when she got married to a con man. Seeing her grow and fall in love was simply delightful. There was enough action to keep the story moving and of course a great love story. These characters are all too good to be true, but it’s so much fun believing they are real even if for only a few hours!
I really enjoyed this book on audio because the southern accent mixed with what I call southernisms was perfect. The one that sticks in my head is “she’s as helpless as a baby duck with no feet” – horrible to think about but a perfect description! The reader does an admirable job voicing three year old Callie, but the sweet tones get a little jarring after a while. Still, I enjoyed it on audio for the accents.