PUBLISHER: CHOC LIT
PUBLICATION DATE: July 7, 2016 (US)
If you like to read romances, but have grown weary of the lack of actual story in them, I suggest you try some of the offerings from the publisher CHOC LIT .
I just finished Search for the Truth by Kathryn Freeman and I’m very happy to say that, although the subject matter is quite different from Freeman’s Before You, which I reviewed a few weeks back, this is still an extremely good story.
Journalist Tessa Johnson’s mother has just died from a heart attack after being treated for cancer. The daughter of another patient who died of a heart attack at nearly the same time as Tessa’s mum, believes that the cancer drug both were being treated with was to blame. In order to determine if there is any validity, Tessa goes to work for Helix Corporation, in their PR department to dig up dirt.
After several years away from Helix, Jim Knight has returned as President of R&D and is determined to bring Helix into this century as he believes that too many of it’s practices are out-of-date. He’s determined and reputedly cold and resembles George Clooney.
Tessa and Jim are immediately attracted to each other and both know that pursuing an “office romance” is out of the question, but for very different reasons.
Just as in Before You, Freeman has done quite a bit of research but this time into the pharmaceutical world so that her story rings true. And, again, as in Before You, I found it an interesting read because of the research since I knew little about what goes on in companies that make prescription drugs.
Also, Jim and Tessa take a business trip that leads them through several countries. Freeman writes of cultural practices that ring true.
It’s just so refreshing to read a romance by a writer who cares about making a good and interesting story and actually performing the research required to make it believable. Lately it’s become apparent that some writers are using their tv viewing as their entire means of research. So, kudos to Ms. Freeman for again providing us with an intelligent romance with enough substance.
I found the characters of Tessa and Jim to be well done and I almost found Jim’s character to be more credible than Tessa’s, which rarely happens. Also, their reactions seemed to be mostly spot on. The “forces” that kept them from immediately getting together were plausible.
I recommend Search for the Truth for anyone wanting to read a romance with substance.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: Search for the Truth
rating: (4 out of 5 butterflies)