"Amusing yet serious relationship drama"
Seymour College Professor of Art History Dr. Vanessa Tower
drives up the Massachusetts mountain to talk with
Christopher "Crash" Dunmoor at the request of his
grandmother, whom she met while studying the paintings of
his late grandfather. Crash refuses to speak with his
unwanted visitor, but she follows him to the rooftop of his
house. As the last Dunmoor, grandma wants Crash to take
responsibility for his grandfather's works valued at 2.6
million. He rejects everything she says until Vanessa
tells him his grandma has colon cancer.
His grandma wants the estrangement between her and Crash
ended before she dies and sees the staid Vanessa as the
tool. She informs her grandson and Seymour College that
his grandfather's works will go to him only if he attends
Vanessa's art history class and aces the course. Not
going, any lower grade or dropping out means the college
obtains the collection. With pressure from her boss to see
that her newest student crashes, Vanessa finds she wants
him to inherit while willing to skydive and join him on all
his other reverie of kicks.
Fans of amusing yet serious relationship dramas will
delight in Karen Kendall's I'VE GOT YOU BABE. The story
line uses light moments notably when prim Vanessa joins
Crash on his stunts to reduce the tension from the conflict
between the lead male protagonist and his family. That
technique turns into a two-edge sword, as readers will
chuckle at Vanessa's discomfit, but also takes away from
the estrangement subplot. Still this is a strong tale that
the audience will enjoy.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 15, 2002