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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

LINDA LAROQUE--a writer to watch

This author is garnering reviews like mad, and they're all good. Here's another one, this time from The Long & The Short Of It www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ( reviewer with the flower name of Camellia, who says,
"Amber Mathis, a Wall Street investment banker, returns to her office after burying her mother. Distraught, tired of the rat race, she's determined to make a career change. In the elevator she falls and rises to find herself in a vintage lift. The date is February 25, 1930, and a man stands on the window ledge ready to jump.

"Wellman Hathaway, owner and CEO of Hathaway Bank in New York struggles to pay his depositors half their losses. A woman claiming to be from 2011 appears in his office and involves him in a scheme that forces them into marriage. With Amber's knowledge of the financial history of the 1930s, they travel to the oil fields of Texas to recoup Wellman's funds.

"Two people from different centuries are thrown together to survive a difficult time. Will they find more than A Way Back to prosperity?

Do it! In one swift move she locked her arms around his waist, pulled, and dropped to the floor. She cringed at the loud crack when his head hit the window sash as he fell back, landing on top of her.

They both remained still for a moment. The air knocked out of her, she managed to gasp out, “Could you move? You’re squashing me.”

He rolled and her head bounced on the floor as she changed positions from trying to rise to flat on her back. Long arms held hers above her head and muscled legs kept her body from moving. Striking gray eyes pierced hers, examining every inch of her. Her face flushed at the intrusion and she struggled to get him off. He applied more pressure and she stilled."

A lock of blond hair fell over his forehead, a patrician nose flared in anger, as his square jaw tightened. He ground out, “Who the hell are you and why’d you try to knock my head off?”

Reviewer: Theresa B.
January 10, 2011


"Amber Mathis is from 2011 and as a woman of the 21st century, she is an independent female. When she's exits an elevator and ends up in the 1930's we find out just how much of a spitfire she is. Wellman Hathaway is a man on the verge of desperation. He's lost just about everything and ponders a way out during the Great Depression. He is a man who tries to take advantage of circumstance but ends up with more than he bargained. I enjoyed watching Wellman's character grow as the story developed and the way he related to Amber. The first time they met had me laughing and thinking "Now, that is one way to introduce yourself"

Val, at "You Gotta Read" wrote:
"I thought it was fascinating that Amber took her knowledge of the Great Depression and used it for Wellman's benefit. This is an excellent book to read that makes you realize just how much has changed since the 1930's. Women were not yet in positions of leadership and the way this story focused on that was outstanding. Filled with facts, I walked away from this book learning a few things which I always feel is an added bonus.

"Having read some of Ms. LaRoque's work before, I knew I would be in for a treat. Each book is like a breath of fresh air and another opportunity to get lost in another world. I'm not a fan of history but this book made learning about the 1930's so much fun. It's evident that Ms. LoRoque has done her homework on A Way Back and because of that, I was totally immersed in the time period. Ms. LaRoque paid excellent attention to detail and her writing style is polished and easy to follow. Whether it be the engaging plot line, compelling characters or talented author, I highly recommend you read this book."