A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love
About the Book
When India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.
India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.
A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.
Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia lowcountry and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.
Dorothy Love does an outstanding job mixing suspense, mystery and history together in her newest book, A Respectable Actress. Woven into the story and beauty of St. Simons Island are several secrets the island harbors.
India Hartley, an actress, is in Savannah, Georgia, on a tour of Southern theaters. Her father recently passed away, and she wanted to carry on the family tradition. In addition, she needed to work because she was nearly broke.
During one performance, her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is murdered-and India shot the gun! Unable to prove her innocence-after all there were plenty of witnesses-India is arrested for murder.
In order to protect India from the locals, Philip Sinclair, her attorney, convinces the judge to allow her to stay with him and his sister on their plantation.
India’s story is loosely based on the history of Frances “Fanny” Anne Kemble, an actress in the 1800’s who lived on St. Simon’s Island.
One element of the book was a little disappointing. There was no mention or even hint of any Christian theme or faith. However, the book is clean and wholesome.
I received this book from The Fiction Guild sponsored Thomas Nelson and Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.