|Lori L. Lake, Author
of Snow Moon Rising, The 'Gun' Series, Stepping
Out, The Milk of Human Kindness, & more.
Midwest Book Review - Oct, 2002
In a spin-off book from her debut novel, COMING
HOME, this author pens the story of Marika Havers,
a cynical immigration attorney living in Calgary,
Canada. Marika is in a world of hurt. No relationship
has ever lasted-except for an occasional loveless
liaison with a woman named Cass, who uses Marika
Rhiannon "Rhi" Davies lives a hardscrabble
existence in a shabby part of town. She rents a
room from her mean-spirited aunt who took Rhi in
at age ten when the girl's parents died. For years,
Rhi has dreamed of escape from the critical, loveless
aunt. Since getting a paralegal certificate, she's
saved every penny she can, planning and scheming
to get out of her situation. Rhi enters Marika's
work life by taking a temporary paralegal job when
the regular employee goes on maternity leave. Marika
and Rhi have almost nothing in common-except for
their lack of faith in themselves or that they are
worthy of love.
When Rhi is attacked and badly injured by a crazed
man in the office, Marika is shocked into compassion.
She takes Rhi into her home and cares for the convalescing
young woman, and against all odds, the two women
are drawn to one another.
This might be a typical romance except for two things.
First of all, the writing is exquisite. Every scene,
every character, every detail is described with
loving care. The secondary characters, especially
the kindly priest, the mean aunt, and several helpful
friends, are well-drawn. Secondly, the story doesn't
end with the two women gaining rapport and falling
in love. Instead, Marika's past comes back to haunt
them, dragging them into danger and near death.
The story ends up being more than a typical romance
and is, in fact, a cross-genre thriller.
Told with a deft touch by a talented writer, BROKEN
FAITH is an exhilarating story that gains power
the further the reader gets into it. There are so
many twists and turns along the way, most of them
unexpected, and the suspense grows gradually as
the reader becomes aware of the breadth of the plot.
Simply put, this is a terrific book, and I recommend
Amazon.com - June, 2006
'Broken Faith' is not a sequel, but a companion novel
to Hart's book 'Coming Home.' There is some character
overlap, but new characters are introduced as well.
If you read and enjoyed 'Coming Home,' you'll probably
enjoy this one as well. However, 'Broken Faith' is
a completely different kind of story than her first
Introduced are Marika Havers (from 'Coming Home'),
a successful attorney who has no life outside of
work. She is in an abusive almost-relationship with
a woman who enjoys violent sex and absolute power.
Through a series of events, Marika finds herself
working with Rhiannon Davies. Rhi is a reclusive
administrative assistant who comes from a seriously
odd family life.
Marika's ex-cop friend, Lee, meets Rhi and decides
to create situations for the two loners to learn
more about each other outside of work. As the women
get closer, they begin to question what is really
important in their respective lives. Marika learns
what it means to open up and care for someone else.
Rhi learns how to trust and love. On top of their
relationship, the women find themselves in the midst
of a dangerous criminal situation, once again in
need of Lee's help.
Hart masterfully combines wretched pasts, promising
futures, and a frightening present into a wonderful
novel well worth reading. Like 'Coming Home,' this
is a permanent part of my personal collection. Highly