Genre: Literary Fiction
“Reclusive ex-physician Kary Ashe transmutes personal tragedy into beloved best-selling novels. Actor Andrew O’Connell revels in the enviable status of leading man, with a reputation for perfectionism, an Irish temper, and broken hearts in his wake. Reigning Hollywood princess Bianca Doyle fears she’s already past her peak, and schemes to cement her position in the pantheon with Andrew as mate.
When Kary appears on a NY talk show to support a cherished cause, and becomes obsessed by fellow guest Andrew, movie star, she thinks she’s safe because she will never see him again. While Bianca, watching the show from far-off LA, is confident she can offer Andrew her own coveted insider rank.
But his next movie is filming near Kary’s Sanctuary, with Bianca as costar. Can Kary risk friendship with this intriguing man? Or will Bianca seduce him and meld her star to his? And will either ultimately satisfy Andrew’s twin lusts for fame and love?”
“A voracious reader since beginning to read at three, she had always intended to write fiction, and, now retired, dedicates her whole life – when not spending time with her husband, family, and chinchilla – to exploring the concepts of integrity in relationships, and the psychological questions of why people do what they do and make the choices they make, including their life partners.”
To call Purgatory, the first story of a planned trilogy, different is a start. Different isn’t intended as a negative description here. But if you like your current book to feel just like the one you read before and the one you read before that, this book won’t fit that pattern. But nailing down exactly what the difference is might be difficult. It has been for me. The best explanation I’ve come up with is that the characters are more real than you’ll normally see. Part of that is getting to know them better due to the book’s length (epic might be another word to describe this book) but I think the difference is even more that the characters’ qualities, both their positive characteristics and imperfections, come through in the story more thoroughly than is typical. There’s a good romance storyline at work here along with so much more.
A small amount of adult language.
This is the first book of a planned trilogy.
A small number of typos and proofing issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 165-170,000 words