FOR THE LOVE OF YOU - Donna Hill
Harlequin Kimani Romance
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: They are back! NOLA'S premiere family, the Lawsons. Craig Lawson, prodigal son, filmmaker extraordinaire, and Jewel Fontaine, talented artist, are the featured couple in this contemporary story of family loyalty, forgiveness and love. Author Donna Hill tells a great story as we learn about the reasons behind Craig's self-imposed exile from his family, and Jewel's absence from the artistic community.
Craig Lawson, the scion of the prominent Lawson family, is returning to his home base, Louisiana, from a self-imposed exile of ten years. He broke ties from his family, especially his father, Jake, who does not respect what Craig does for a living. Although Craig is a celebrated screenwriter and movie director all over the world, he has never received as much as a pat on the back from the elder Lawson. His father’s lack of recognition and disrespect for his son’s chosen vocation runs deep; so deep that Craig could no longer fight it. Yet, he is back in New Orleans and preparing to direct a movie based loosely on his family. The perfect location for the movie is the pre-Civil War home of Jewel Fontaine, the heroine of this story. Jewel has managed to preserve the former plantation, but the costs are astronomical for the nearly broke artist, and she is close to losing her ancestral home. In addition, Jewel has taken on the role as the primary care taker for her father who is struggling with the debilitating Alzheimer’s disease. In steps, the hero, Craig Lawson who can rescue Jewel from the impending catastrophe of foreclosure by renting her home for his movie. Problem solved right? Well, in this well-written story, that’s only the beginning. The author, Donna Hill, delves into psyche and soul of her characters in order to resolve some the underlying issues that they face.
On another note, the initial meeting between Craig and Jewel is electric! The impact is a visceral exchange awakening the couple’s senses and emotions, and it doesn’t diminish. One thing is for sure, these two heat up the pages as their attraction for each other grows. The minor characters, composed of Craig’s family and business associates, and Jewel’s father and his caretaker, help to solidify the storyline by offering welcomed and not so welcomed advice to the protagonists.
FOR THE LOVE OF YOU is a worthy addition to a great series, and I highly recommend it. You can read this book as a stand-alone, but if you are not familiar with The Lawson Family Series, please do yourself a favor and get to know the other family members by reading their stories. (Speaking of other family members, I’m still waiting on Rafe Lawson’s story, Donna Hill. ;)
15th August 2016 | firstname.lastname@example.org