Activists + >
Simon & Schuster, February 2002, 288 pp.
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
DC lobbyist Katherine Renault fled the capital to
escape well meaning people constantly badgering her as she recovered
from the operation. She chose her fiance's Appalachia cottage as
being as far from Washington as one can get without going to a third
After months in her mountain retreat, Kathryn joins an animal
rescue team. Her first mission involves two men abusing a cow. There
she watches compassionate Joseph David “Bear” Long intercede so that
the animal can die with dignity. Soon Bear and Katie as he calls her
become an entry in more ways then one as they rescue animals and
fall in love. However, everyone knows she is a sophisticated
urbanite and he is a retarded hillbilly. Thus no one will bet on
this couple surviving together once she inevitably goes home.
This mushy novel is an entertaining romance between two polar
opposites. The rescue missions seem too easily achieved yet the plot
hooks the audience from start to finish due to the endearing cast.
Bear and Katie make a warm odd couple. The secondary characters
including the animals provide the necessary depth so that the
audience can observe the robustness of the lead duet’s relationship.
David Martin’s tale seems so real encouraging the reticent to go
find their own CRAZY LOVE.