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Respected attorney and rising young political star Daniel Walker takes on a case important to one of his supporters in the little town of Shivaree, Georgia, in the first decade of this century. A local judge has closed down the Shivaree Social Club after a five-year battle with Lily Morgan, the local librarian, a spunky red-haired divorcee. Lily and Daniel have a history. He was her husband's divorce lawyer and made her look like an adulteress, turning her into a friendless outcast. With the help of the judge's young wife, Lily is able to rally the local women into a Lysistrata-like strike until the men of the town arrange to vote to keep the club open or to close it down. But just before the election, one of the club's young prostitutes is murdered, and Lily's gentle, illiterate young helper, Amos, is arrested for the crime. As Lily and Daniel team up to provide a legal defense for Amos they begin to see each other as people, not just as the "enemy." Diana Tixier Herald
Laura Lee Guhrke isn't one of those lucky authors who knew from her childhood onward that she wanted to be a writer. As a child, she was sure she was going to be a marine biologist when she grew up and study the iguanas on the Galapagos Islands. Then she dissected her first (and last) frog in high school biology class and decided that a different career choice was in order. When an English teacher told her she could never be a writer because her stories were "too sappy", Laura vowed that someday she would prove that teacher wrong and become a writer, but her parents wanted her to go to college first (mainly so that she wouldn't spend her lifetime living in their house with no gainful employment while writing the Great American Novel).
It took four years of college studying business, and seven years on the corporate fast track before Laura decided it was time to fulfill the vow she'd made to herself and prove her English teacher wrong. She wrote her first novel in 1991, had her first published novel in 1994, and now has six published historical romances to her credit. For her 1997 book, Conor's Way, she has been honored with the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Historical Romance. Her latest book, The Charade, is a March, 2000, release from Pocket Books.
Laura loves writing historical romance because she has always wanted a time machine and this was the closest she could get. Historical romance enables her to go back in time, experience excitement and adventure, and capture the hearts of handsome heroes, all without leaving the safety and comfort of her home, dishwasher and cable tv.
Laura lives in Eagle, Idaho, a small town outside the state capital of Boise, and when she's not writing, she helps her parents run their construction company (which explains why they wanted her to get that business degree). She loves living in Idaho because she gets to ski and fly fish, and because she doesn't have that big-city, over-an-hour-each-way commute to work. Besides, her golden retriever, Sam, would HATE living in a big city because you can't chase pheasants and roll around in the mud when you live in a big city, and according to Sam, there would be no point to life if you couldn't roll around in the mud.
Laura loves hearing from readers, and you may write to her at P.O. Box 1143, Eagle, ID, 83616, or you may e-mail her at email@example.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Daniel infuriates me with his arrogance and his high-handedness. He wrongs Lily terribly, and when he comes back to town, he feels only a twinge of pity that all the... Read more
Have not read a romance novel this good in a long time. The lead characters are so genuinely appealing and realistic. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 1999
There should be another RWA RITA award in the future for Ms. Guhrke's newest romance "Breathless. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 1999
I enjoyed this book and will look for more Ms Guhrke's books. The characters were good the story interesting. The dialogue was often funny. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 1999