Review: The Police Chief's Pitch

THE POLICE CHIEF'S PITCH - Janice Sims


Port Domingo Romances (Book #2)

Harlequin Heartwarming

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Shirley Fleming (A)

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE



REVIEW: Years ago, Darla Cramer suddenly left her husband and son due to postpartum depression. Five years later, she returns to Port Domingo to make amends with her family and friends. Darla knew six months after leaving that she had made a mistake. But it took five years to get the nerve to return home. Although her family welcomes her with open arms, others are not so forgiving. Because he realizes everyone makes mistakes, Darla’s ex-husband, Sebastian, allows her to share custody with their six-year-old son, Bastain. Another person who is glad to see Darla home is the chief of police, Dave Harrison. Dave has had a crush on Darla since high school. He sees her return as his chance to develop a relationship. At first, Darla is reluctant because she is afraid, she might hurt Dave like she did Sebastian. But with encouragement from her two best friends and mom, Darla takes a leap of faith to begin the journey to her future.

Darla is a trained nurse. When she returns home, she wants to be able to take care of herself and her son. She secures the position of a private nurse to a gentleman of means in town—a job she enjoys immensely. It affords her a flexible schedule if needed. Dave is the chief of police in Port Domingo. It is a small town whose residents consist of several races of people who live in harmony despite the old bigotries that still exist. Dave himself is of Italian and Irish descent. And the apple of his eye happens to be an African American beauty. Dave is an excellent chief, and the town is lucky to have him.

THE POLICE CHIEF’S PITCH is simply a story of compassion, forgiveness, and redemption. The author has written a moving story of loving yourself and letting go of the guilt you carry for past mistakes. Darla and Dave help each other heal and make peace with their past. The hotchpotch of characters is written well, with little quirks that stand out in their personalities. The pacing is good. Port Domingo is a small town, but the author’s craft clearly shows several issues can happen in small towns. But the camaraderie and strong family dynamics among the citizens make the town a lovely place to live, especially with so many characters to fall in love with. I hope another book is coming soon!

THE POLICE CHIEF’S PITCH is a great read. I enjoyed it so much, especially getting to know the characters. Get comfortable in your favorite chair and get to know the citizens of Port Domingo.

24 March 2024 | romcol@gmail.com

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