by Bobbie O'Keefe
Review by Mel Jacob
Five Star Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432824990
Date: 06 February 2011
Sunny Corday along with a distant cousin has inherited her missing father's house after her father is declared dead. He had disowned her years ago, but her mother successfully proved paternity and forced him to leave Sunny part of his property. No one knows what happened to him or what caused his seven-year absence. Then someone shoots at her. She insists it was an accident, but others aren't so sure.
Animosity toward her father in the local community still runs high, but the reasons aren't clear. When Sunny and the cousin discover a baseball bat with hair and blood on it in the attic, they wonder if it could be a murder weapon and who the victim might have been. The police verify the hair and blood are human, but don't match her father's.
Sunny had a troubled youth with two failed marriages and a drug problem so she is wary of men. She lives with a childhood friend, a gay psychologist. She has not told the cousin her true identity, and he thinks she is only a friend of the family.
At first, the cousin and Sunny are at odds. They have different personalities and finding common ground is difficult. Meanwhile, the attraction between them grows as they work to clear the accumulation from the attic and prepare the house for sale.
Franklin Corday, Sunny's father, was considered something of a Don Juan and had liaisons with a number of local women. The identity of some of them surprises her. Could any of them know anything about his disappearance?
She remains uneasy over the shooting, but when she tries to get closer to a site used by local young men for target practice, someone pushes her over the cliff edge. Scrambling for a foothold, she manages to break part of her fall and lands in sand on the beach. In the process, she disturbed vines and left some human bones uncovered.
While romance plays a big part, possible murders provide suspense. Ms. O'Keefe provides plenty of action and excitement for the denouement of the novel. She has written several romances.