Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blue 52 by Elaine Cantrell


"First Lady Kills President Lovinggood"

December 29, 2018

Thirty years later Hank Lovinggood embarks on a quest to prove his mother's innocence and punish the killers who took his family from him. Together Hank and lovely physicist Kathryn Sinclair confront an implacable, twisted, merciless enemy who'll do whatever it takes to hide the truth forever.


Hank Lovinggood was only three when his mother apparently shot his father and then herself. That would be traumatizing enough for most kids to grow up with, but when your father, Richard Lovinggood, is the most beloved president since Kennedy and your mother, Elizabeth, was a movie star before she gave up her own career to become the First Lady, people don’t let you forget. Hank is raised by his grandparents in a mausoleum dedicated to the memory of Richard. His grandfather, still a U.S. Senator in his nineties thanks to life-prolonging therapies, doesn’t believe Elizabeth killed Richard. His grandmother does and won’t allow anyone to speak of Elizabeth in her presence. Hank doesn’t quite know what to think about his mother, but he doesn’t believe he’ll ever measure up to either of them. Someday, he’d like to learn the truth.

Someday sort-of comes when Hank meets Dr. Kathryn Sinclair, a quantum physicist who has invented a time machine. She offers him the chance to travel back in time and not only prove his mother’s innocence, but possibly even prevent his parents’ murders. Unfortunately, Hank doesn’t believe time travel is possible. Despite the chemistry between them, the couple can’t quite connect. Hank doesn’t think Kathryn could possibly care about a man who’s mother may have killed his father, and Kathryn denies being able to love a man who doesn’t respect her work. Meanwhile, Hank pursues more mundane investigative methods to clear his mother’s name. But when people around them start to die, he finally turns to Kathryn’s machine.

Blue 52 grabbed me at the beginning and wouldn’t let me go. I found myself reading it when I should have been working on other projects, a sure sign of a winner. Let it grab you, too.

Length:  308 Pages
Price:  $4.99

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Thanks for visiting. Rose & Rochelle

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