Advice of Counsel

Advice of Counsel

by Debra Trueman


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Meet Samuel Collins. Unsociable and aloof, the young attorney moves to the tranquil community of Hollywood Park, Texas, wanting nothing more than to be left alone by his neighbors. But between the 4-year-old kid from next door and the 80-year-old widow from across the street, he quickly finds himself drowning in neighborhood hospitality. In no time, Samuel is representing neighbors on all sides in various legal matters, but when two of his neighbors hire him to revise their will to include one Landra Krally as a beneficiary, Sam smells a rat. He calls on his investigator friend to check her out, but when Samuel ends up dating the subject of his investigation, things get increasingly complicated. Samuel's life - or death - may depend on the very neighbors he had hoped to ignore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479376551
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

It feels funny writing a bio, because it makes you sit down and figure out who you are and how you define yourself. First and foremost, I am lucky enough to be a wife and mom who is blessed with a wonderful family. I work as a paralegal in Labor & Employment Law, which I suppose is where the inspiration for this novel came from. Somewhere along the way, I became entrenched in local politics, over, of all things, whitetail deer, which somehow morphed into an extensive commitment to animal welfare efforts in my community. I've been labeled an animal activist and a community activist more than once, and I wear those badges proudly, knowing that it was the activists of this world that gained women the right to vote. I am a Texan, and a Longhorn, at that. I like to garden and I like to write. And now, I can proudly say that I'm a published author. I hope you enjoy Advice of Counsel. And keep an eye out for its sequel, Evidence of Record.

Happy Reading!

Debra Trueman

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JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
Samuel Collins is a lawyer who doesn't want to socialize with his neighbors in the community he is moving into so moves in a night to avoid them. It doesn't work for him because his 80 year old neighbor across the street welcomes him with a basket of muffins first thing in the morning. Then there is Oliver, his 4 year old neighbor who won't leave him alone. All his new neighbors rave about Landra Krally who is very kind to everyone and helps them out. They think Samuel and Landra would make a good match so arrange for them to meet. Samuel is pretty busy helping his neighbors with his legal services, two of which are to update their wills. While doing this, Samuel sees that Landra is a beneficiary for two of them and he is suspicious. He gets his PI friend, Niki Lautrec, to check her out. Once Samuel meets Landra, he falls instantly in love with her. Niki finds out that Landra was accused of murdering her husband but was not charged. Then she was suspected of killing her ex-fiancee but again was not charged. Samuel did not want to believe that Landra could have done this because of his feelings for her. After reading the blurb about the hero being a nasty man, I didn't expect to like him but I was pleasantly surprised when I did like Samuel and he had me chuckling several times. He called himself a prick which he tried to be to his neighbors but he really wasn't that bad at all. The change in him when he met Landra was extreme and was like it was a different person, because he wanted her to like him. He became a regular man who was lusting after a woman instead of a grumpy man who didn't want to talk to anyone. I didn't find that part very interesting and preferred him in his lawyer mode. I didn't connect with Landra even though Samuel was so attracted to her and she was so well liked by all the characters. I really liked the twists in the last part of this story. I didn't expect the ending but loved it.