Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fast Track by Julie Garwood, Book Review

General Information
Publisher: Dutton
Published: July 29, 2014

Book Summary:(Per GoodReads)
Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.

In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

My Thoughts:
Cordelia had been my favorite of the three girls since JG introduced them to us readers.  I loved her approach to life and her zest for humor in all the books that she has appeared.  This story, her story, epitomized her unshakable ability to keep trying, find humor in a situation and stay loyal to her loved ones.  

If you read the stories in order you will see that there is always something between Aiden and Cordelia, or that at least I was wishing for it from the brief interactions that occurred in the other characters stories!  This story held true to the rest of the series and JG's other books.  It was easy to read, had laughable moments, sad moments, moments where you were cheering for the characters and moments where you just want to give some life advice.  I knew when I started the book it would be captivating the entire time because the first chapter shows some serious life changes, the strength of the friendships and the true nature and humorous approach to life that Cordelia embodies.

It is a stand alone book, but I would recommend reading all of the books because it made this story that much richer knowing all of the history between them as they both grew up.  One could give some slight criticism in that the ending is predictable, but I would say that is something I enjoy in this series.  Yes the ending will be happy, but how the characters get to the ending is what makes this story a page turner!

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Disclaimer: I purchased this book with my own money and on my own time.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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