When the illustrious India Hartley is accused of murder, she has to uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.
India Hartley, the famous and beautiful actress, is now alone in the world after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.
A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.
Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia low country and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.
If you’re looking for a book that has romance, mystery, historical fiction and is very well written, then this is the perfect book for you.
India Hartley and Philip Sinclair are brought together because she needs an attorney and he needs income to restore his plantation on St. Simon Island.
I genuinely liked India and even though she’s going through so much, she continues to be strong. The relationship between India and Philip is very tender. I loved how protective he is of her.
I loved the detail Ms. Love put in her description of her characters and their surroundings. The secondary characters are as important to the storyline and not just tossed in as filler.
A Respected Actress has twists and turns until the end of the book.
I found this book very hard to put down as its such a compelling story.
I was given a copy of this book from the publisher and the fiction guild in exchange for an honest review.