"A good romanance dealing with a social issue"
She barely talked to her father over the last decade or so
as she considered him to be a no good lazy bum. So when
Lucy Donovan inherits Sonny's Marine Park in Nassau,
Bahamas from her dad, she visits with the intent of
selling. Lucy prefers staying home where she works long
hours as an ad executive.
At the park, someone is trying to kidnap the star
attraction, Randy the dolphin. Lucy sees a gorgeous male
in the pool molesting her fish. Chris Maddox founder of
the Free Dolphin Society informs Lucy that Randy needs to
swim free in the ocean with his peers as opposed to being
caged in a chlorine pool. Chris and Lucy talk as he
explains that he must untrain Randy so that the dolphin
learns to use his echolocation skills. As the mainlander
and the dolphin "thief" become better acquainted, each
realizes that the other brings out the best qualities in
them. However, he has a world to save and she has issues
remaining from her estrangement with her father, making a
permanent relationship less likely than society ending the
caging of animals.
THE BEST OF ME is a strong contemporary romance containing
a powerful plot involving the freeing of captive dolphins.
The story line works due to a wonderful support cast
including Randy and the lead couple, though Lucy carries
too much baggage, that often conflicts with the Free Randy
theme for the dominant plot. Still, fans will root for the
precociously intelligent Randy and want Lucy and Chris to
make it together saving the world.
© Harriet Klausner
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 5, 2002