Mortal Sinby Laurie Breton
Park Square. Mass Ave. The Combat Zone. All home to Boston's sex trade. Home also to runaways and lost souls, home to high rollers and politicians looking for action they can't find anywhere else. It is home, too, for Father Clancy Donovan, who spends his time here trying to get young girls off the street. Bone weary and frustrated, he has lost the joy in his life
Park Square. Mass Ave. The Combat Zone. All home to Boston's sex trade. Home also to runaways and lost souls, home to high rollers and politicians looking for action they can't find anywhere else. It is home, too, for Father Clancy Donovan, who spends his time here trying to get young girls off the street. Bone weary and frustrated, he has lost the joy in his life and has no idea how to get it back.
Divorced three times and not yet thirty-five, Sarah Connolly is trying hard to make a new start when life throws her a curve. Kit, her fifteen-year-old niece, has run away from home, and Sarah will need every ounce of her stubbornness and determination to track her down. Suspecting Kit has disappeared into the Combat Zone, and with no one else to turn to, Sarah appeals to Clancy for help.
The unlikely pair team up to find Kit, but in the process find something elsesomething powerful, something unexpected and something that will shake them to their core.
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Hard to put down.... I have read the author's Jackson Falls series and I was interested in reading other books she has written. I am a fan of romance novels and was looking for one with a different slant. This one fit the bill perfectly... a divorcee (Sarah) and a Catholic priest (Father Clancy) who join forces to find Sarah's runaway niece. The story delves into the sordid world of sex trafficking and pornography but not in a graphic way. Sarah and Clancy grapple with their feelings towards each other and the moral struggle within themselves. Well written and one I could not put down.
This book was wonderful. It took me a little bit to get into, but once I did I didn't want to put it down.
Hope this new author continues in the same path as this book. I look forward to many more books by her.
In Kit's eyes, her Aunt Sarah rivals Snow White and Cinderella's wicked stepmothers for the Queen of Mean. When Sarah says 'no' once too often for her liking, the teen ager takes off, heading to the big city and 'fame.' Sarah, however, is not the wicked witch of the north, but a kind woman who loves her niece and has done her best for her. Fearing the worst, she sets out to find Kit, but runs into brickwall after brickwall. Her only hope lies in the help of a priest whose life work is to save girls from the streets. Clancy Donovan is no gentle oldster, but a handsome, troubled young man. The attraction between Sarah and Clancy is quick to light, but they must ignore it. Kit takes priority, and Clancy may be a rebel, but intends to keep his vows, no matter the temptation to love. ...................... Finding a pretty teen age girl in a city the size of Boston when she doesn't want to be found is like finding a needle in a hay field, add in thugs who want to keep her lost, and the problem is compounded. Despite beatings and threats, Clancy and Sarah are not deterred, even if the price is terribly high. ...................... ***** Clancy Donovan is a hero that will win your heart in a page or two. He is more appealing and sexy than Father Ralph de Briquasa of Thorn Birds fame, admitting his weaknesses and dealing with them rather than self righteously denying that they exist. Yet, you can not begrudge Sarah his love, for she is a kind soul, though troubled. The action never lets up, nor does the sexual tension, which is most expertly handled, revealing very little, and creating anticipation. This stays on the keeper shelf. *****
In Revere, Massachusetts, sixteen years old Kit Connelly runs away from her warden of an Aunt Sarah because she feels the restrictions are too binding. Sarah worries about her niece when Kit fails to return home. She knows Kit is used to doing whatever she wants as the teen¿s father failed to discipline her once the kid¿s mom died twelve years ago. Unable to cope with raging hormones, Kit¿s wastrel dad dumped his daughter on his sister.......................................... Josie Porter who works at Sarah¿s bookstore recommends her employer Father Clancy Donovan for help since the police are unable to provide manpower to search for a runaway. Clancy suffers a crisis of faith because he feels the antiquated church refuses to accept reality of life on the street. He runs a halfway house to help teen prostitutes start over. When Sarah asks for his help, he readily agrees but paints a pessimistic picture. As they search for the missing teen, Clancy suffers a more difficult crisis of faith as he and Sarah fall in love................................... MORTAL SIN is an entertaining romantic suspense tale due predominately by the actions of Clancy who is frustrated with the Church¿s leadership and soon has an even deeper frustration hammering at his soul. He seems so very real though he also serves as a symbol of the priest crisis in America. Kit is a realistic teen unable to cope with rules and discipline after being allowed total freedom as a preadolescent. Sarah is a worried mother hen fearing her ward will make the mistakes she made as a teen including one particular unnecessary biological twist to a strong urban drama.................................. Harriet Klausner