Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: Her Lost Love by Linda Weaver Clarke

Her Lost Love, by Linda Weaver Clarke
2015, 212p, Clean Cozy Mystery
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.

Julie Anderson feels a need to find the man she fell deeply in love with during her youth. When Julie went off to college to become a lawyer, she lost contact with her high school sweetheart. She now wants to know what became of Joey and why he stopped writing to her? This is an assignment that intrigues Amelia. The thought of finding a long-lost love seems quite romantic.

This is the fifth book in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. I love long-lost love stories so this one grabbed my interest right from the beginning. Amelia is hired by a local attorney, Julie Anderson, to find her high school boyfriend. She has a major decision to make and needs resolution before she can move on. Joseph Yancy Witherbee was the love of her life and they were determined to get married. When he left for college, they corresponded regularly through letters. Until he sent her a letter saying he needed to go away for a while but then he completely disappeared and never contacted her again.

Amelia and Rick didn't travel very far in order to solve this case. They went to parts of Arizona and southern Utah. What I enjoy about this series is that there's always more to each case than they originally think. This case was no different, only this time Rick is the one with the feeling there's more to the story rather than Amelia. And, sure enough, there is. Once again, they are being followed but this time is a little bit different.

I love how their personal relationship is progressing and am excited to see what happens next. Rick is so irresistible and romantic and he steps up big time in this book. Their bucket lists have been a large part of earlier stories but was hardly mentioned in this one. I actually didn't realize it until they casually brought it up. I think it was a great way for them to get to know each other in the beginning and like that they still refer to them but don't focus on them as much as they used to. They now have plenty to discuss between their case and their relationship.

I also love that these are quick, easy reads. I become so involved in these stories that I usually read them in one sitting. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more!

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She has traveled to seventeen states and given over 450 workshops. Clarke is the author of six historical sweet romances, four mystery adventure novels, a children's book, and a new cozy mystery series. She is also the author of an award-winning sweet romance, Melinda and the Wild West, for the "Reviewers Choice Award." All her books are family friendly.

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Unknown said...

Sounds good...Can these be read as stand alones????

Melanie said...

Yes, they can. Each case is wrapped up by the end of the book. If you want to see their relationship progress, then you will want to start at the beginning.

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