Alias Mommy by Linda O. Johnston
Alias Mommy by Linda O. Johnston released on Oct 25, 2000 is available now for purchase.
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Linda O. Johnston is a lawyer and a writer of mysteries, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.
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Alias Mommy based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Three years ago, Harlequin Intrigue's Hidden Identity series brought us Adrianne Lee's 'Alias Daddy.' Now Intrigue's Secret Identity series brings us Linda O. Johnston's 'Alias Mommy.' The only difference is how inferior this book is to that one. The pregnant heroine, Polly Black, runs off the road in a storm and is saved by Dr. Reeve Snyder. Reeve delivers her baby and can't help but notice the young mother's fear. Can Polly hope the young doctor can protect her from the danger she's fleeing? I can't say I disliked 'Alias Mommy.' I've also given three stars to books which were better written and which I enjoyed more, so I can't give this one more than two. There were so many problems with the story that I can't even call it acceptable. Like most books built around a plot hook, the gimmick, the baby, isn't integrated into the story and comes off as unnecessary. Polly's motherhood serves no purpose in this tale. It could have been left out and it would have changed nothing. Polly could have been a regular woman on the run. She drives off the road, the doctor saves her, the story continues unaltered. Other than the forced climax, nothing would have had to change. The baby has no point in this story. Why is it even here? It was annoying enough to see a book sold on a hook that is insignificant in its pages. Then I realized the HERO was unnecessary to the story. Reeve is barely developed past a tragic back story that is pushed too hard and then discarded too soon once it's finally explained. He has no personality and no distinguishing characteristics. The two-dimensional secondary characters are as fleshed out as Reeve. Less than a quarter of the story is told in his point of view and nearly all of that is him reacting to other people's actions. He seldom takes any action of his own and what he does is inconsequential. Except for the minor bit about calling other doctors, one part in Chapter Fourteen and his role in the ending, Reeve could have been taken out of the story too and nothing would have changed. A plot hook that isn't integrated well is a minor problem. A hero who plays almost no role in the story is a big one. Polly is only slightly better, and only because we see so much of the story through her eyes. If the hero is underdeveloped, the romance is nonexistent. I must have missed the falling-in-love part; I guess it took place in all those lunches Reeve and Polly have that aren't shown. They move from not trusting each other to having sex with no transition. After that it is taken for granted that they are in love. The romance disappears and except for when they were having sex I honestly couldn't tell the difference in the way they acted toward one another before the consummation and after. There are also problems in the storytelling. Johnston repeats the same notes too many times. Reeve asks Polly not to run. She can't make him any promises. That one has to be repeated at least ten times. The scene where Polly listens to a news report about her and gets scared is repeated so often it starts to seem ridiculous. Johnston also explains what happened to Polly early on in the narrative, which sucks the impact out of the moment where Polly finally explains it all to Reeve later. She has to have Polly tell Reeve later. Why not wait to tell us then too? The revelation scene falls flat and lacks any drama because we know all of this. It's just repetitious. 'Alias Mommy' is also hindered by a lack of mystery. Books where the killers are known from the start can work, but not like this. Like 'Hers to Remember' earlier this year, this is a book where we are left waiting for the villains to show up. Every reader knows what part of the story this will happen in (the beginning? The middle? The end?) and though the author offers more than that earlier book did to hold up the sagging middle it still drags. The story is predictable, with too little done to change that. Anyone looking for a good read sh
Four to five days of no rest and constant driving coupled with a nasty thunderstorm finally takes its toll on Catherine Calvert Elkins near Selborn Park, Colorado. On his way to a city council meeting, Dr. Reeve Snyder receives the call on his cell phone. He arrives quickly only to find the victim is pregnant. Reeve vows to save both their lives this time. Reeve succeeds in saving the mother¿s life and delivering a baby girl. The woman tells Reeve her name is Polly Black, but he knows she hiding her true identity. He does not realize the reason is to keep little Laurel safe from her demented stepfather, a small town mayor and her dysfunctional family. Reeve wants to protect Polly who is obviously on the lam, but she refuses to allow him to get close although she dreams of his being Laurel¿s daddy. ALIAS MOMMY is an exciting romantic suspense with a strong emphasis on the intrigue elements. The story line is fast-paced as ¿Polly¿ tries to elude her dangerous family. The lead couple is a warm duo struggling to trust one another. The support cast is a bit stereotyped with a merciless reporter and a family out of the movie Nothing but Trouble yet they add to the sense of doom surrounding Polly. Linda O. Johnston provides a first rate action-filled tale that has cross appeal to fans of romance and suspense thrillers. Harriet Klausner