Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Cost of Silence-Kathleen O’Brien

The Cost of Silence

Kathleen O’Brien

Harlequin SuperRomance, Nov 29 2011, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373717460

Dying from cancer, Victor Wigham asks his friend Redmond "Red" Malone to deal with a situation that will hurt his family. Red is willing to do anything for his friend so after Victor dies, he heads to Windsor Beach where he will offer money to waitress Allison York to keep quite about her affair with Victor and their three month old lovechild Eddie.

After a fender bender in the Windsor Beach Peacock café lot introduce Red and Allison to each other, he tries to arrange the deal, but she refuses to have anything to do with Red or his money though she can use the income with an ailing baby. Red is shocked by her reaction as he assumed she was a gold-digger taking advantage of a sick man. As he begins to know the inconvenient truth behind her affair with his late buddy, Red and Alli fall in love, but he must choose between his beloved and a deathbed pledge.

The key to this strong family drama is all the prime players including the late Victor seem genuine. Character driven, readers will appreciate Red’s dilemma as love for Alli and for the deceased man who acted more like a father to him, and his desire not to hurt the grieving widow Mari leaves him confused. Kathleen O’Brien provides a super contemporary.

Harriet Klausner

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