by Nancy Warren

February 2004
ISBN: 0-7582-0583-X
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Trade Paperback

Want to know how to make dynamite? No need to search the internet, just read Drive Me Crazy by Nancy Warren. She takes one celibate librarian, and mixes one handsome stranger and comes up with a huge explosion!

Drive Me Crazy is set in Swiftcurrent, Oregon, a small town with lots of recreational activities to draw Duncan Forbes. Duncan is an art professor with a very lucrative side business. He finds lost/stolen antiquities. His arrival in Swiftcurrent is not merely because of all the recreation in the area, but because he also has a lead on a lost Van Gogh.

Checking on his lead takes him straight to the library where he meets A.M. Forrester. A.M. Forrester better known as Alex is the grand-daughter of the man last known to possess the Van Gogh. The meeting between the two is less than stellar, but the sparks fly immediately. Shortly after the two meet it becomes quite apparent that someone other than Duncan is also after the Van Gogh.

Ms. Warren has done a wonderful job of combining the suspense of finding the missing painting with the suspense of finding a love to last in the most unlikely pairing of Alex and Duncan. I was also very interested in the secondary story of Alexís cousin Gillian and her struggles to overcome her addictions.

Drive Me Crazy did just that to me. As I was approaching the end of the book I couldnít put it down, and had to know how it was going to end. I was quite pleased with the twists and turns of Alex and Duncanís relationship. Found the story of the painting to have a very satisfying ending, and was thrilled that I got a complete closure to Gillianís story. Last year I discovered Ms. Warren, and have yet to be disappointed in her writing. I look forward to more in the years to come.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Sandi.

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