Review: Love and Other Acts of Courage

Love and Other Acts of Courage
Ann Warner

ISBN-10: 1495313913
ISBN-13: 978- 1495313912
Copyright 2014 by Ann Warner
Published by Silky Stone Press
236 Pages

Sophie Suriano and her husband, Sam Suriano, were aboard their yacht Sylph near New Zealand
when a Chinese freighter collided with them at night and sank the Sylph in minutes. Alone in a life
raft without supplies, Sophie floated at the whim of the ocean’s wave and currents until rescued by
New Zealand authorities, fifty-six hours later. Injured and barely surviving, Sophie entered a long
period of physical and emotional healing; and grieving. Rescue was much too late for her husband,

Jake Rutherford, an Australian newspaper reporter from Sidney, had had done many things in her
life before covering a story in Cairns about a SCUBA diving couple who were abandoned on the
Great Barrier Reef by a careless dive boat operator. Jake thought she was prepared for anything,
until she met Max, the maritime attorney from San Francisco who represented the couple’s children.
Ironically, Max also represented Sophie Suriano in a wrongful death suit against the freighter’s
Chinese owners.

Max, thought he had a good life albeit one with challenges. A successful attorney who had lost his
legs in an accident, his wife had left him years before. He was not the first man who fooled himself
into thinking that he’d recovered from the emotional impact of losing his legs and his wife.

The stage is set for one of the finest stories I’ve read in a while, Love and Other Acts of Courage. Max must deal with becoming emotionally caught up in these two legal cases and sort out the nature of his relationships with Sophie and Jake, both of who have their own emotional issues to sort through.
The result is an excellent tale of love and humanity as well as plumbing the depths of human moral
turpitude and criminality. The characters are well developed, totally likeable and I found myself
cheering (or tearing up) for each of them in turn.

Love and Other Acts of Courage is a recommended read for any reader who loves a good romance,
stories about the interplay of personalities and relationships, criminal intrigue or those who just love
a good adventure.

Clabe Polk

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