Immediately following her honeymoon, newlywed Samantha Rainford learns that her husband, Douglas Cosmo Rainford III, has filed for divorce. Eventually, Sam locates three more of Douglas's ex-wives, and the four women are recruited by the supersecret Americans for Justice (AFJ), an agency whose purpose is to correct judicial, legal, and moral wrongs that cannot be corrected through the justice system. Vowing revenge on their mutual ex, the women discover there are really 11 Mrs. Rainfords, with a 12th wedding in the works. Similar to the "Sisterhood" series, this humorous tale has more characters than are usually found in Michaels's stories. Laural Merlington does an admirable job of keeping the individual voices straight, but the sheer number of characters is a bit of a stretch for even her wide vocal range, particularly with the male voices. This light story will appeal to Michaels's fans and those enjoying humorous revenge and female empowerment tales. Recommended.
Convinced her parents don't care about her, 15-year-old Trinity Henderson, in Up Close and Personal, runs away from home. She changes her name, finishes high school, and goes to college. Now 15 years later, hearing a rumor that an old friend is trying to find her, Trinity prepares to run again, but this time to the one place she doesn't expect him to look-her old hometown. Once there, Trinity learns that the people who raised her were unofficial foster parents; her real mother is the town's wealthy widow. Trinity searches for answers to questions she didn't know existed and ends up with a fiancé and a family fortune. This wicked Southern belle heiress saga will appeal to those who like family tales.Reader Laural Merlington's speech is clear, distinct, and accent-free. Her voice range enables the listener to keep track of the various characters. Recommended.