Book Journey traveled to: Delmarva Peninsula, Cape Charles
When in Cape Charles, the place to be is the Cape Charles Coffee House
Cover Story: It fits, although one of the girls in my book club pointed out that our main character Melody never used a suitcase…
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After 20 years in the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) and eight aliases, Melody Grace McCartney hardly knows who she is. On the run since she and her parents stumbled on a gruesome murder by mobster Tony Bovaro when she was six years old, Grace saw WITSEC’s promised protection fail her mother and father when they were killed 12 years later. Now she feigns personal danger to be relocated just because she’s bored and wants a change. But before her new case officer can move her from suburban Maryland to rural Wisconsin, Tony’s son, Jonathan, tracks her down to present an alternative: protection from his family and a life of more safety and freedom than she has ever known. While federal officials pressure her to stay in WITSEC and show her Jonathan’s violent side, her attraction to him grows, and she must decide a course for the rest of her life.
As this book opens, Melody is bored with her current life as Sandra Clarke. Having spent 20 years being tossed through the Witness protection program from place to place and name to name. Melody has made no connections in her current surroundings and calls the agent in charge of her case with a claim that someone has identified her and she needs to be moved again.
Turns out – Melody really does have someone from the mafia following her and this is where this fast paced book gets interesting. Between Sean the good-looking Witness Protection Agent and the mysteriously handsome Johnathan who is the son of the mafia family who wants her dead, Melody learns how to grow up fast.
The book is a fun light read. I personally never really warmed up to Melody. Time and again she causes others to be put in dangerous situations including the role she even plays in the death of her parents. (My book club was easier on her character than I was).
Overall I enjoyed this book.
This was our book club read for May. The Bookies for the most part enjoyed the book. We had a potluck at my house around the foods that were in the book which made for a delicious variety of Italian treats. We discussed the witness protection program and how far it has come.
The group had more sympathy for Melody than I did. I found her actions to be annoying and childish. While many in the group found her to be a victim of circumstance. By the end of the book we all agreed that Melody was on her way to being a better and more secure adult.
In a suitcase I had everyone drop in their new witness protection name and where they would be located. Then we drew them out and guessed who was who. There were some great ideas in there. Amy in our group had found a website that generated mafia names and that was interesting too.
I received my copy of this book from Hachette Book Group