Love and Other Acts of Courage

Fiction - Drama
247 Pages
Reviewed on 06/16/2014
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Author Biography

Ann is the author of six contemporary novels that explore the resilience of the human spirit. In a former life, she spent thirty years directing clinical laboratories, a career that ended abruptly when the toxicology lab she was directing closed, making her face a question she wasn’t expecting: What was she going to do with the rest of her life?

After an unexpected and surprising inspiration caused her to try writing a story, she quickly discovered the delights of creating fictional worlds. Although it meant readjusting the habits of a lifetime. After all, throughout her scientific career, her left (logical) brain had been in control. This time around, she had moved into right (creative) brain territory.

Her first novel, Dreams for Stones, was published by Samhain Publishing in December of 2007 and is an Indie Next Generation book Award Finalist. Two novels, Counterpointe and Doubtful, have received Compulsion Reads endorsements.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

Atticus Finch said it is the nature of the law that every man will get at least one case that will affect him personally. For lawyer Max Gildea, that case is Sophie Suriano. Sophie’s husband died when the Chinese freighter, Nereus, hit the Suriano yacht and left Sophie and her husband in the middle of the ocean to fend for themselves. Fortunately for Sophie, she was rescued after days at sea. Now she wants to sue the ship’s owner and the officers in charge for the wrongful death of her husband. With the DOHSA or Death on the High Seas Act in place, Max thinks the case will not go anywhere, but Sophie still wants to pursue it. Sophie soon receives threats against her daughter that make her question her decisions in suing the freighter’s owners. How will Max proceed with Sophie’s case in Love and Other Acts of Courage by Ann Warner?

Love and Other Acts of Courage by Ann Warner is a tear jerker. It was sad but still hopeful and encouraging. The story is very beautiful. The plot is engaging and it focused on the development of the characters. At first Max seems like a cold person, but during the course of the story, he slowly softens and in the end he even falls in love. Given Max’s circumstances, his disposition in life is understandable and the people who have stood by him are very commendable. My favorite part was when Max was learning to walk and he asked for the help of two children to keep him motivated. I also loved the conflict and how it was resolved. Overall, the story and the ending of the book are very satisfying.