Alias Mommy is one of those books with a theme that’s been done before. While it’s nothing truly objectionable, it’s also nothing new.
Catherine Calvert Elkins is on the run. Alone and pregnant, she has an accident on a desolate road. She’s rescued by Dr. Reeve Snyder and wakes in the hospital. As she heals, the two grow closer but she’s obviously hiding several things. Calling herself Polly Black, she takes a job at the hospital to pay off her bill and starts to make herself at home in the community.
Catherine/Polly is determined never to be dependent on a man again. You see, she has a Big Secret, and part of the devastating secret she hides happened because she let herself depend on her stepfather, stepbrothers and husband. She comes off as a little wishy-washy in her attitude with Reeve, but otherwise she’s okay.
Reeve has a Big Secret, too, and it has to do with his dead wife. The circumstances in which he finds Polly remind him of his former wife and how she hurt him. Strangely enough, he doesn’t dwell too much on that, nor does he adopt a “love her/hate her” attitude toward Polly. That’s usually something you can count on from a hero who’s wounded, so that was a nice surprise.
The secondary characters are all there: the kindly aunt figure who takes Polly and her daughter in, the cheerful, good-hearted friend, in this case a nurse at the hospital, and the semi-bad reporter who loves Reeve. Then too, of course, there’s the evil family whom Polly must escape, and her frail, weak mother. Ho, hum.
The suspense isn’t very suspenseful or believable. It’s just enough to get the plot going. The emotional connection between Polly and Reeve is there, and while it’s not incendiary, it works. This is why I stick to longer books when I want suspense. There’s more room to build the plot and characters. But if you like your suspense light and you don’t mind a predictable plot, this may be the story for you.