What would you do for your family?
When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamá, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.
Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage Cornell. The honorable cop sees the world in black-and-white. He would never understand the difficult choices she’s had to make, the secrets she’s been forced to keep close. And he could never love a woman like her. Or could he?
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This was hard to put down. The genre is called Contemporary but it has a little bit of everything. It has some suspense, some laughter and some tears and a little bit of a love story mixed in. Families are of great or ultimate importance and this book raises some real questions about how we each might handle various situations involving our loved ones. We all might face different situations but nonetheless this book hits close to home about the making decisions. Actually this book raised enough questions that it might make a very good choice for a Book Discussion. That being said, you can tell I thought this was a strong book. What might seem like an easy to read enjoyable book also turned out to be quite thought-provoking. Dixon’s characters were well-defined. There were a few times I wanted to pick the main character, Carolina, and her mother up and shake them both. In fact, I found myself saying “Oh come on” out loud. Even caught myself asking someone what they thought they would do if they had to make such a decision. What was ethical, what was the right thing to do? Here’s the thing about that kind of emotion though…if a writer can evoke that type of strong emotion in a reader, then that is quite an accomplishment. Think this through…these are just words on paper or digital dots on an e-reader…if an author can write and move you using just letters or dots…well, kudos to Nan Dixon. **This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
If you haven’t yet read To Catch a Thief by Nan Dixon, I encourage you to grab a copy and dive in. You will be highly frustrated with the characters on occasion, but it's totally worth giving them the benefit of the doubt. I love how Ms. Dixon creates characters you can’t help but get emotionally involved with, and who face real-life, painful struggles, finding their solutions and HEAs with far-from-perfect steps along the way. Carolina Castillo has a beautiful voice, a potentially huge singing career, a mother suffering from cancer, and a secret. When her mother begs Carolina to come home to Georgia, she willingly abandons the career dream only to run smack dab into the secret: that she is a half-sister to the women who run the highly successful Fitzgerald House Bed & Breakfast in Savannah. She has never been allowed to speak of this heritage, but now Carolina has to swallow her pride and take a job at the B&B in order to help pay her mother’s debts and medical bills. Her mother’s terminal brain cancer is giving her dementia-like symptoms. In her sadness and confusion, she wants Carolina to help reconcile the past and asks her daughter to take back several objects from Fitzgerald House that once belonged to her. With great reluctance, but a deep need to calm her increasingly agitated mother, Carolina complies, stealing the items her mother wants and keeping her identity a secret even as she gets closer to her half-sisters. In the process she also meets a friend of theirs, FBI Special Agent, Sage Cornell. Sage is recuperating from a severe injury suffered while on a case. While he works toward getting back to the job, he falls for Carolina, now Fitzgerald House’s new bartender, waitress, and entertainer. Carolina also falls—hard—for a man who seems to love her for who she is. But when Carolina’s secret accidentally comes out, everything about her new life unravels. The sisters she’s come to love turn against her and her mother. Sage, who’s motto is truth and honor above all else, grows cool and distant, and her mother’s condition worsens. Figuring out how everyone was going to come out of this story with honor and love intact kept me reading to the end. I admit there were times I wanted to strangle Carolina’s mama, ill though she was, and I wanted Carolina to stand up for herself a little more and then cop fully to what she decided to do in the name of taking care of her mother. Sage, too, was a little myopic about his code of honor. Still, they are wonderful characters, and each digs deep to find heroism and forgiveness. It’s totally worth the read for this HEA! Well written and tension-filled but still fun—this is a lovely book!
To Catch A Thief is part of the Fitzgerald House series. I thought it was a pretty good read. I love Carolina and her determined and strong willed personality. Her interaction and scenes with Sage were pure delightful. The story line is slightly predictable but still definitely worth a read. I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to see what else Nan Dixon comes up with next. I give it four stars and I recommend it. I received this book from the publisher. This review was 100% my honest opinion.