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A fun read...
If you're looking for a quick page turner that's not too deep, "The Secret Sister" is a great book to lose yourself in for a couple hours. It's easy to get into, and has nonstop action that makes it difficult to put down.
As with many in the "romantic suspense" genre, the mystery is farfetched, and the romance is unrealistic, but both are so enjoyable that it doesn't matter. The attraction between Cain and Christy is sweet, even if it does take place in just a couple day period. And as likeable as the heroes are, the villans are so evil that you just love to hate them.
As with many of Lowell's more modern books, there's an interesting tie-in to art history. In this one she takes on artifacts from an ancient civiliation, with makes for a fascinating subplot even if not completely based in fact.
If I was looking for a deep and realistic read, I probably could have found several complaints in this book, but since I was looking for a good book to curl up with on a rainy weekend, I was not at all disappointed!
A reissue well worth reading!
Although this book was originally written 12 years ago, I think the story holds up very well.
Christy McKenna is a fashion editor for Horizon magazine and has just returned from two weeks vacation. She finds amid the myriad of messages and notes accumulated on her desk, a message slip marked "Urgent" from her sister Jo-Jo. They have been estranged for twelve years. Jo-Jo is known as "Jo" and has been famous fashion model for a decade. The sisters were raised by their grandmother when their parents were killed when they were young. Christy is older by 1 year and was offered a scholarship to college at age 18 which she took and thus left her sister Jo with their grandma. Christy feels guilty for abandoning Jo even though Jo is very self-centered and was always getting Christy in trouble. Christy is ordered by her boss to go out west to see the new Peter Hutton collection in Colorado. Jo-Jo is Peter Hutton's main model. Christy calls her sister and tells her she is coming.
Christy is determined not to get ensnared in any of her sister's questionable activities this time but little does she know! While Christy is wandering about the small town she steps in a museum and see a man come in with boxes of artifacts and notices that Sheriff Danner does not like him and accuses him of stealing. Peter Hutton's assistant, Autry, invites her out to the ranch ahead of the show. Much to her surprise, her sister is not there and in fact Mr. Hutton states that she "took off". At a press gathering and barbeque, Christy sneaks into the house to search her sister's room determined to get back a favorite gold nugget necklace of her Grandma's and to get clues as to where Jo-Jo is. She has to hide when a burglar is caught and beaten by the guards. Then she almost gets caught and jumps off a deck to run and runs into the "thief" from the museum, Aaron Cain.
From here on the book has lots of action, danger and mystery. While there are some holes in the plot, it was still a fun and exciting read that holds up well especially since I didn't read it the first time it was published.
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