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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.