Kate Darby has returned home to run her
fatherís pub after his death. After every four day shift, the
firemen of her hometown of Cooper Valley come in to unwind and
Kate looks forward to watching Toby Angel. The man she dreams
about and the man she is secretly in love with. He doesnít
know her past, however, because if he did, then he would
finally understand that Kate will never allow herself to go
out with him, because that would mean trusting him and that is
something that she will never do again; trust a man.
For months Toby has been trying to get
Kate to go out with him and she refuses every time. It isnít
until a fight breaks out in her bar that he realizes that
underneath her flirtatious exterior beats the heart of a woman
who has been horrifically scarred by violence. Trying very
hard to be supportive of her and even going so far as to make
himself vulnerable, Toby canít imagine giving Kate up. He
might have to though because his past returns to haunt him
with a vengeance and he is blamed for something that he swears
he didnít do.
I loved Where Thereís Smoke.
Simply and completely loved the plot, the premise and both
characters. Each were vulnerable in their own way and while I
am unable to understand the point of view of a victim of
assault, the imagery and emotions of Kate were exceedingly
realistic, and I found myself crying when she cried and
flinching when she was scared. Toby Angel. What a powerful
and awe inspiringly beautiful man he is. His acceptance of
Kateís anguish and his tremendous patience won me over from
the get go.
Where Thereís Smoke is not to be missed.
This baby will be read over and over. Ms. Keaton, your talent
as a writer shines through and I am hooked on