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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Book Review: Love is Blind...And It Don't Pay the Bills Either by Karen Wiesner

Real characters, mystery with suspense and sweet romance are a good combination.

My Rating:  4.25 of 5.0

Book 2 of the Denim Blues Mysteries Trilogy
Inspirational Romantic Mystery (Police Procedural)
by Karen Wiesner
978-1-61160-001-8 (trade paperback); 978-1-61160-000-1 (electronic) Available now from Whiskey Creek Press
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2010 CAPA winner 2010 CAPA Award winner (inspirational romance category)!
5 hearts and winner of the 5 heart sweetheart Award from The Romance Studio!
2nd Place winner in the Mainstream/Single Title/Romantic Suspense category of the 2010 Lories Best Published contest!

Product Review:
Working with local private investigators Den McHart and Sylvia Price, Briar's Point Police Department Detective Orlando Bateman solves a missing person case. Keeya Nilsen, visually impaired from the plane crash that took her parents' lives, comes to him and has a justifiably bad attitude about love, since all the men she's ever loved have cheated on her and robbed her...including the last one, who absconded with her most prized possession - her grandfather's unpublished Blues compositions - when he flew the coop. As together they search for her last boyfriend and her missing legacy, Orlando reminds Keeya of the faith she'd had before the plane crash that changed her life and makes her see love as God intends.
Review: This is a lovely story of renewal of faith and virtue and the sorrow of bitterness.

Detective Orlando Bateman is more than happy to stay busy investigating cases especially to help him forget the lose of the woman he has loved for so many years.  Sylvia (see Retired and on the Rocks (Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 1) cherishes Orlando as a friend but she is soon to marry Den.  We discover as the book proceeds that Orlando has not dated as he believes that intimacy should only take place in marriage.

Orlando meets Keeya when Den brings her into the station to report the theft of money, credit cards and, more importantly, her grandfather’s unpublished music compositions. Orlando is a big Blues fans and recognizes Keeya’s grandfather’s name and music. He is immediately drawn to Keeya’s beauty even as he is mindful of her visual difficulties.

Keeya lost her full sight when she was injured in the plane crash that killed her parents. She lived with her grandfather and another crash victim, Blair.  Blair suffered severe damage to her face and in spite of reconstructive surgery her face is still disfigured. Blair has taken care of Keeya for years, being her eyes and helping to guide her. Keeya was betrayed by her first husband and a second boyfriend too. Now she has to report to the police that her latest boyfriend has stolen from her.  She is embarrassed and ashamed that she has made very bad choices with men.

Orlando and Keeya draw close as they search the clues and confront the thief.  They share their pasts and Orlando helps Keeya to see that God did not abandon her but she has stepped away from Him and His loving guidance.

The mystery includes some red herrings in suspects and some evil that Keeya didn’t recognize. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense as well as learning more about the visually impaired. I especially liked the message that the freedom that God gives comes with consequences for the choices we make. I enjoy this author who writes wonderfully real characters and life-like stories. I’ll be reading the third book in this series, Souls on (B)oring Street [Denim Blues Mysteries Book 3], soon.

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