Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Story Time . . . UNFORGETTABLE by Trish Perry

Rachel is a dance teacher determined to grow her studio and prove to the world that she can be a successful businesswoman. Josh is a former fighter pilot determined to fight the dark in society and avoid frivolity--like the arts. When the two are tossed together, sparks fly--both the kind that burn and the kind that dazzle.

Set in the late 1940s, Unforgettable is a fun, lively story that follows an unlikely couple as they teach each other that sometimes opposites make life all the richer. Josh, a total hunk with a chip on his shoulder, wants to make a difference with his reporting career by exposing dirty politicians and the like--but when one of his sources goes into hiding, he's forced to retract the biggest story of his career . . . and gets sentenced to the prison known as the Life & Style section. The only bright side is that he meets Rachel right about then. And that, even though he makes a fool of himself repeatedly by expressing his opinions about her career when he ought to keep his mouth shut, they seem to click.

Rachel loves nothing like ballroom dance, and she takes serious offense when someone calls it frivolous, even when that someone's as attractive a man as Josh. But she accepts his apology and gives him another chance. After all, she's expanding the studio with the help of a banker's investment and needs to focus on getting back into competitions--she doesn't have time to hold a grudge. Accept, perhaps, against the ex-boyfriend who has ruined competition dance for her.

From the melodrama of the dance floor to the drama of politics, Josh and Rachel learn to find support in unlikely places. And, to take a line from the back cover, "once they stop dancing around the truth, the results are unforgettable."

I'm a big Trish Perry fan, so I was really looking forward to this book, and it hasn't disappointed! Though a more serious tale than Perry sometimes delivers, the characters are endearing, especially in their bumbling. You can't help but cheer for Rachel in her business endeavors, for Josh in his attempts at romance. And you can't help but groan when you see them about to do something you know's going to lead to complication.

The rich, post-War setting adds a beautiful layer to the lovable characters and compelling plot, resulting in a story that truly is unforgettable. Great job, Trish!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Roseanna! I'm glad you enjoyed Unforgettable!