by Leslie Esdaile

December 2002
ISBN: 1-58314-288-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lynette Graves, a freelance journalist, is sure that she will never fall in love again. After her recent divorce she has little interest in falling in love again. However, some how fate never seems to follow the plans we mere mortals have made for ourselves.

Enter, Foster Hamilton, a forensic photographer for the local police department and a single father of two girls. Lynette is stunned when she realizes that she has fallen in love with Foster. Unfortunately, Fosterís life is not a bed of roses either; burdened with an alcoholic mother, a half sister and brother who hate him, and scarred from a very bitter divorce Foster is just looking for some peace in his life. He is also taken by surprise when the love bug bites him.

Together, Lynette and Foster are on their way to making a life for themselves when a little matter of a murder interrupts their relationship. When it becomes clear that Fosterís family or Foster himself is somehow involved in the murder Lynette must decide whether or not to trust Foster and whether or not she should write the story that could end their relationship.

Leslie Esdaile's novel, Through the Storm is an emotional story of how love can help heal deep emotional wounds. I enjoyed the interplay between all of the characters, and thought that she really brought Lynette and Foster to live. However, I did find the whole murder issue a bit contrived and thought that it should have been introduced earlier in the story line. The entire idea of Foster murdering anyone threw me for a loop, especially since the author spent quite a bit of time in the beginning of the book pointing out what an upstanding guy Foster was and especially since he had all of these emotional issues. However, overall, this book was an entertaining read that scored a three on my scale.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Jen.

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