A Man of His Word
I was so happy to finally pick this book up and resume the Henderson brothers series. I loved the first brother’s story, If a Man Answers, and eagerly anticipated the second story in the series. While it wasn’t as good as the first one was, it’s definitely a good read.
Reece Henderson is a civil engineer overseeing construction work on Arizona’s Chalo Canyon dam. Sydney Scott is a filmmaker who once lived in the town and was driven from it in disgrace after a sex scandal. She’s come back to make a documentary about a nearby Indian village which can only be seen when the dam waters are let out every ten years. The film will be a tribute to her father’s memory, and it’s very important to Sydney to finish it. However, the major local landowner, Sebastian Chavez, doesn’t want her anywhere near the town. It was his son Jamie whom Sydney fell in love with 10 years earlier and whose bed Sydney was discovered in while his fiancee was out of town. Now the whole town is speculating about Sydney’s return and its effect on the Chavez family.
There were two major things that briefly clouded my enjoyment of this book. The first occurs at the beginning. Reece hears the story of Sydney Scott and Jamie Chavez and assumes that Sydney’s a homewrecker back to finish the job. This seemed irrational to me because a) he didn’t know these people and it was none of his business, and b)that’s quite a snap judgement to make. Granted Reece had a reason to dislike people having affairs, but this seemed small-minded and judgmental.
However, Reece was a great guy once he got to know Sydney. He redeemed himself completely in this reviewer’s eyes when he avoided what could have been the Big Misunderstanding later in the book. I was very impressed (boy, you’d think this was a real person, wouldn’t you?).
Sydney was very likable. I loved her “Whatever” attitude – she wanted to get her film made and didn’t really care what anyone thought about the past. She handled a meeting with Jamie and his wife very graciously which showed how she had grown up.
Now for my second little cloud – the villain. It’s quite obvious who he is, and his motivations don’t make a lot of sense. Well, maybe half of them made sense, but half were just plain psycho.
I really enjoy Lovelace’s writing. It’s suspenseful and descriptive. She did an especially good job giving the reader a sense of small-town atmosphere in this story. Also, she must have done a great deal of research on engineering because the amount of information about Reece’s career was impressive, but never threatened to overshadow the narrative.
I recommend this book, but I also recommend trying to find If a Man Answers first. I love the family and can’t wait for the next Henderson brother’s story.