"A well written super romance"
In Canmore, Alberta, Royal Canadian Mounted police
officer Kelly Shannon kills Danny Mizzoni. Kelly cannot
cope with using force even if it saved the life of her
sister. For the next two months, Kelly sees five year old
Danny and three year old Amanda struggle to survive as
their widowed mother drowns in alcohol and to make matters
worse is pregnant.
Danny's brother Mick, editor of the Canmore Leader,
tries to help his niece and nephew, but twenty-four hours
is not enough time. Guilt-laden Kelly needs to help the
children so she offers a deal to Mick in which they forge a
marriage of convenience to support the youngsters. Love
enters the equation between the adults, but she wonders if
he could forgive her killing his sibling.
The underlying premise to A CONVENIENT PROPOSAL is well
written as angst-laden Kelly struggles between what was and
is the right thing. Readers will feel sympathy to her and
the two children, empathy towards Mick, and anger directed
at Sarah for "abandoning" her children and placing her
fetus at risk. The plot falls short because the key
relationships between the children and Mick and Kelly never
fully surface. Still the latest Shannon Sister tale (see A
SECOND-CHANCE PROPOSAL for the debut tale) shows C.J.
Carmichael's talent to raise the conscience of her audience.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 21, 2002