Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Calamity Janes: Gina & Emma - Sheryl Woods

The Calamity Janes: Gina & Emma
Sheryl Woods
Mira, May 26 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778317784

“To Catch a Thief.”  In Manhattan, Tuscany Café co-owner Gina Petrillo is stunned by the court order.  Her partner Roberto Rinaldi embezzled the funds their investors sunk into the Upper East Side restaurant.  Fuming as his mother is one of the victims, Attorney Rafe O'Donnell turns angry when he learns Petrillo filed a delay on submitting her deposition so that she could go home to Winding River, Wyoming.  He follows her expecting her to be guilty and also leading him to Rinaldi.  Instead he falls in love; as does she.

“The Calamity Janes.”  Denver-based lawyer Emma Rogers returns to Winding River for a class reunion.  When a domestic dispute turns ugly, Emma agrees to defend the accused though that means more time not spent with her six year old daughter Caitlyn.  Reporter Ford Hamilton covers the murder trial, but finds Emma very uncooperative in several ways including those of the heart. 

Published in 2001, these reprints of the third and fourth Calamity Jane novels (see The Calamity Janes: Cassie and Karen) are engaging romances.  Although “To Catch a Thief” contains too many sidebars slowing down the plot; The Calamity Janes provides an intense look at domestic abuse.

Harriet Klausner

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