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Friday, November 1, 2013

Widow's Row by Lala Corriere

Widow's RowWidow's Row by Lala Corriere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Widow's Row by *Lala Corriere*

As Lala Corriere says on her dedication page, Sidney Sheldon was, indeed, the Master of Suspense. A new Sheldon novel guaranteed books flying off the shelves in the days of brick and mortar book stores. I was never disappointed in any of his books, and remarkably each one he did was different from the others. It's true there was always a woman battling what seemed like the rest of the world, but I don't recall ever feeling that I'd read any of his new books before. Lala Corriere mentions that she was mentored by Sidney Sheldon, which is what drew me to read Widow's Row I can see the Sheldon influence in Corriere's work, but the telling of Breecie Lemay's story is all Corriere's own. Add to that taking on the subject of Gender Reassignment Surgery as part of the story, and I thought Corriere gave herself quite a challenge.

Breecie Lemay seems on the surface to have a perfect life. She's an attorney in a prestigious law firm, she's engaged to be married to a man who is running for political office and is a respected attorney in his own right, and overall her future looks bright and fulfilling. The one glitch is her father who suffered a stroke and isn't responding well to most of his treatment. It falls on Breecie's shoulders to move him from the hospital currently caring for him and place him either in a facility in his hometown or, with outside care, move him back into his home. It is while trying to settle her father in suitable circumstances that Breecie stumbles across disturbing information involving her mother's murder years ago and what part her father may have played in it.

Breecie moves into temporary lodging in Trinidad, Colorado, to oversee her father's care and also to do some investigating of her own into her mother's death. This is where new characters are introduced to add to what is becoming a multi-layered story. Breecie has a few close calls of her own which give her the idea someone may not want her to be in Trinidad. She is also under considerable pressure from Adam, her fiancé, to wrap things up quickly in Trinidad so she can get back to Washinton, DC, to make wedding plans.

I found myself becoming more and more interested in where Corriere was taking all of this, so there came a point where I did not want to put the book down. I was very involved in how Breecie was going to overcome what seemed to be such big hurdles in her efforts to get to the bottom of many loose ends and wrap them all up by the novel's finish. I have to say that the book had a very satisfactory ending. It was realistic, and left no unanswered questions. I would highly recommend **Widow's Row** to all the fans Sidney Sheldon entertained over the years with his books as well as to anyone who enjoys a very good story with realistic characters and situations.

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