Berkley, Aug 2004
Three years ago Sam Law fled his Manhattan practice because he detested the lack of morality in the legal system. His fiancé ended their relationship refusing to accompany him as he opened a practice in his hometown, Sweetheart, Indiana. However, upper crust Manhattan is coming to his town as socialite Gillian Charles needs to take up residence for six months to inherit her grandfather's “last gift”, which includes owning Sweetheart. She will meet the will's stipulations simply because she would do anything for her beloved grandfather.
Sam is stunned from the moment Gillian arrives in town as she nothing like the pompous spoiled brat he expected; instead she is amusing and friendly. Even his anti-female dog Max dumps him for Gillian. Ginny receives anonymous nasty letters and a dead bird warning her to leave but most of the townsfolk like her and believe she is his former fiancée and that she and Sam belong together. As Sam and Gillian fall in love they try to find out what Jacob meant by his “last gift” and how to share “water from the moon” as he is small town and she is big city?
This fabulous contemporary romance is awesome as Gillian slowly is “sweetheart-ized” as proven by the clever usage of postcards and grandfather's “last gift” will keep the audience wondering until readers learn what Jacob truly bestowed on his beloved. Though the threat to Gillian adds superfluous suspense, fans will appreciate visiting SWEETHEART, INDIANA starring two people who seem so opposite that their metaphor of a duck and fish falling in love is apropos.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner