by Inglath Cooper

November 2005
ISBN: 0-373-71310-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #1310
Mass Market Paperback

Audrey Colby was accustomed to playing the role of the dutiful wife. She had trained herself to live a lie. It was a role she hated and a mask she didn’t want to wear. Audrey stayed with her monster of a husband until she no longer had a choice. It was time for her and her son to leave.

Nicholas Wakefield wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. It wasn’t easy knowing there were some people beyond his reach of assistance. While it may be true that the crimes against his sister had compelled him to become a state prosecutor, Nick felt like a failure. As a result, he left the state prosecutor’s job and joined a corporate law firm. It was this decision that had Nicholas and Audrey crossing paths.

Nick is unable to keep thoughts of Audrey from his mind. From their first meeting he has felt there was more to her than meets the eye. He hadn’t intended to get involved. He’d hung his white hat at the door when he’d left his job as state prosecutor. Nick hadn’t signed on as anyone’s hero, especially the wife of his firm’s biggest client.

Author Inglath Cooper has written a compelling tale of courage in her newest release, A Year and A Day. The heroine was portrayed as a woman with the will to survive while in the midst of an abusive relationship. At no point during the story does Audrey sit in a ball of self-pity. Instead she has a clear-cut goal to achieve, one that involves leaving the country.

Nick was compassionate, although a bit frustrating in his persistence when all he really accomplished was jeopardizing Audrey’s safety and the plan to escape her husband.

Jonathon, the whole time an ogre, is written as a whole and not a one-dimensional character like many authors have done. We are shown, without losing his purpose in the plot, how Jonathon has become this way.

A Year and A Day is gripping in its honesty and detail of an abusive relationship. Dealing with that relationship is ninety percent of the book. That leaves the other ten percent for romance.

Reviewed in December 2005 by Rho.

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