On the Desk



She's chasing stolen money. He's pursuing her heart.

A must-read novella by Sara Claridge:

        Shoved off to boarding school and neglected by her promiscuous socialite mother, Madeleine grows up with the idea that love is fleeting and not something you can trust. The only person she can rely on is herself. Still, each time her mother calls for help to extricate herself out of a relationship that’s gone sour, Madeleine runs to help. This time it’s France.

     Broken down on the side of the road, Madeleine is rescued by Jean-Luc, and an instant attraction develops between the two. But Jean-Luc has hang-ups of his own. He is ridden by the guilt of not being there for his sister when she witnessed their mother’s brutal murder. To say he’s over-compensated since, is an understatement.

     To further complicate matters Barbara, Madeleine’s mother, has been duped out of a fortune by an international thief who is also wanted for murder. Now Madeleine is implicated and Jean-Luc must rescue her again.

     This is a well-constructed story that is both heartwarming and suspenseful. The love affair between Madeleine and Jean-Luc is beautifully drawn and the characterizations realistic and believable. I read this in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. Thank you, Ms. Claridge, for taking my imagination on this beautiful journey.