My heroine doesn’t want to remember the past, doesn’t want to talk about it and carefully hide it from her daughter and from the man she loves. As a successful psychiatrist, she treats abused patients and projects the appearance of a strong woman and dedicated doctor. Yet, because of her inner fears, she refuses to face her distressing experience and deal with her problem. Olivia is so terrified about the past catching up to destroy her daughter’s peace of mind, that one little lie leads to another, and another,… until the past catches up with her.
Now, a reader got very upset at my heroine and labeled her a Disappointing Heroine, giving me a 1*, and complaining about the heroine’s bad decisions. Rather than directly answering her, I will report her comments here and answer them:
Back to my very enthusiastic “fan”!
I am pretty sure that any psychiatrist, or any successful career woman, would encourage women to be strong and independent. I had many female chemists reporting to me in my lab. They can attest to how, as their Director, I urge them to rely on themselves. That certainly didn’t preclude—for them and me—being happily married and honoring thy husband!
Again from my reviewer: “Unfortunately the heroine's constant bad decisions and hypocrisy really took away my enjoyment of this book in light of what her character should have been like. I think there were a lot of other directions her character could have gone in, within these circumstances that would have made the book stellar.”
And here is why I call her a fan: “I've enjoyed a lot of Mona Risk's other books and I'll be sticking to them.”
Thank you, dear reader. I’m glad I’ve elicited such a heated discussion for my book.
This is how another reviewer commented on the story:
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A lie that brings a smile... or the truth that draws
Dr. Olivia Crane lives a quiet life. No one questions why she doesn't socialize or where she spends every weekend.
When the visiting physician from France strolls into her office, with open arms and a confident smile, her perfect control is about to crumble.
Good God, he can't be Dr. Luc George, the man she loved ten years ago? Should she return his scorching kisses, or should she lock her door before he digs into her many secrets?
Secret daughter, secret friend, secret enemy. Had Luc really known his sweet Olivia back then? He wants her back, but he wants the truth, too. Now, Olivia has to face her past before she can grab her second chance.