Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Truly, Madly - 1st in the Lucy Valentine series
Author: Heather Webber
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Paranormal Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Boston and surrounding areas
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None (implied)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Heather's Website: www.heatherwebber.com
Cupid bestowed both a gift and a curse on the Valentine family long ago. They can read auras and match people with their true loves. Unfortunately a Valentine hasn’t experienced true love in many, many generations…
Lucy Valentine lost her ability to read auras, but gained the ability to find lost objects when she was a teen. Since then she’s made sure that she had no part in the family business, Valentine, Inc. There’s nothing she can do to contribute. As a result, she’s tried her hand at several jobs. Sadly she feels lost and unable to find her niche in life.
To say she’s floundering, when her father recruits her to take over the matchmaking business for a couple of weeks while he recuperates from a heart attack, is an understatement. Yet when Lucy meets Michael, a new client who unknowingly shows her where a lost family engagement ring is, she finds danger and excitement at her doorstep.
Danger in the form of a long buried body. Excitement in the form of PI hottie, Sean Donahue. With blind trust on both their parts, Lucy and Sean dig and search and ultimately find themselves in a bit of trouble.
You see, Lucy hatches a plan, which kind of backfires. Really, she only meant to call in an anonymous tip as to the location of the body. She never meant for her and Sean to become suspects or the spotlight of suspicion to turn on Michael. She’s determined to make it right. But things keep going so very wrong. And on some levels so very right. Perhaps she’s found her niche in life after all. Though will she live to even consider the possibilities of career fulfillment and dare I say it, love?
Though it may not seem like it, I’ve been cryptic and left a few plot details out, but to say more would be to give away too much. You understand, don’t you?
I will say that Lucy is quite a delight. She’s witty and intelligent and has a huge heart. Oh, and she has lots of patience (when you get to know Dovie you’ll see what I mean). Sean is charismatic with a few rough edges. He gives Lucy her space, yet doesn’t let her have too much, which is a good thing in this case. Em, Marisol, and Suz are all well-crafted secondary characters. They are supportive friends who are by turns understanding and (at times) exasperating. The action and clue-finding missions are an added bonus.
Obviously much thought went into this series. There are no (reading) hiccups; just a smooth and fabulous beginning to the next phase in Lucy’s life.
Savor and enjoy Truly, Madly, then eagerly and impatiently wait for the next…and the next…and the next…
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