It is funny how the simplest things do help make sense out of life. We just got back from the best show we saw all year. It was held at the Lynn University auditorium, and the stars were the students from my grand-daughter Olivia's school. It is a private school, and once a year they choreograph a dance number for each grade to perform. This year there was one extra number. When we entered the lobby, we noticed a number of men...my son-in-law Jimmy among them...were dressed in tuxedos. The last dance number of the night was performed by 49 brave fathers dancing with their daughters to the song "Dancing With Cinderella." If you aren't familiar with the song, google the lyrics and imagine trying to dance with your six year old daughter in your arms while trying not to melt into a puddle in front of a packed auditorium. Jimmy is a quiet man who would do anything to avoid being the center of attention, yet here he was...dancing in front of everyone because his daughter needed him to at that moment. Near him was a daddy who had recently broken his leg and shared this dance while in a wheel chair. These men have gotten far enough in life to realize you do anything for the people you love, and that makes sense to me.
Which brings us to the conflict in Perfect Alibi, a new legal thriller featuring Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Those familiar with the characters know that they were not good as a married couple but make a darn good legal team. This time author Sheldon Siegel has them doing something for their daughter Grace. Her boyfriend is accused of killing his father, and Grace is his alibi witness. Daley and Fernandez agree to help, obvious conflict aside, and the reader gets to enjoy another case with this easy to like couple.
What parents do for children is an obvious theme this week, and my second reviewed book, Deep as the Marrow by F. Paul Wilson finds physician, Dr. John Van Duyn, fighting to save his kidnapped daughter. The ransom...he must poison the President of the United States in order to free her. Wilson will definitely capture your attention in this exciting book and have you ask yourself again...how far would you go to save the people you love.
Speaking of people I love, I hope the weather lets up for my northern family soon. As much as I am trying to convince Michael to move back to Florida, I think weekly snow storms are just a bit much. On the other hand, look at all the extra reading time that is suddenly made available to those who can't push the snow away from their front door. So grab some hot chocolate and a good book and forget the snow for awhile.
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