Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lost Love Found by Tim Gomes

Lost Love Found by Tim Gomes is a romantic thriller with a well-drawn cast of characters. The hero gets a second chance at love but not without taking great risks and putting his life in danger.

Two years ago, Dan Jagger's wife was killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. She was on Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. Dan is still grieving and certain that he will never find another love like Alia. He's surprised to get a phone call from his high school sweetheart, Charlene, the girl who dumped him when he returned home from Viet Nam.

He's not interested in seeing her but Charlene is persistent and they meet for dinner. Dan is reluctant to see her again but his relatives push him into it and soon they're spending more and more time together. Meanwhile Dan's only son Tim, an Army Reservist goes missing in Iraq. Dan's world turns upside down again when Charlene's past catches up with her and puts him in danger.

The plot is intriguing and the characters have interesting pasts but the pacing suffers from some technical flaws. The book starts out strong with a prologue that takes Dan back to his first battle in Viet Nam but the present day scenes contain long conversations, dialogue that slows things down and robs the story of suspense. Despite this there's a lot to recommend the book. Description and setting are detailed, the plot takes a few twists and turns and the ending satisfies.
Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided at no cost to me and this review is my honest opinion of the work

Publisher: iUniverse (July 23, 2009)
ISBN: 978-1440148675
Paperback: 244 Pages
Price: $16.95