by Mary Jo Putney

August 2003
ISBN: 0-515-13545-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Val Covington is a woman who seems to have it all. A brand-new partnership in a corporate law firm, Armani suits and a retirement fund. But she isn't happy. When a chance comes to change the direction of her life, she takes it. She decides to work for herself in a firm that helps the little guys. She sails firmly out into uncharted waters, hoping for the best.

Her first case is a wrongful conviction case for her assistant. It seems that an ex-lover of her assistant's in on death row for a murder he didn't commit. Feeling angry at the injustice, Val takes the case. She knows that there will probably be only heartache at the end.

Into this chaos comes Rob Smith. He's the landlord of the office that Val's renting. He has his own reasons for helping out on the case. After meeting Val, Rob is ready to stop hiding from the world. He's ready to live and love again, but can he convince Val that she's the right one for him?

This story was great on two levels. First, the whole idea that our justice system could wrongfully convict someone is hard to comprehend. Putney does a wonderful job of enlightning the reader without standing on a soapbox about this sort of injustice. Second, her characters are real people who deal with guilt and love, fear and faith. Through the story, we see them grow into mature characters who are willing to take chances for what they believe in and for people they love.

Twist of Fate is a great book. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. Most of all, it will make you believe in love and faith.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Jenni.

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