The Elusive Mr. McCoy by Brenda Baker
Publisher: NAL Trade (July 2012)
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle
Format Read: Paperback
Synopsis from Goodreads: Lesley McCoy works in a day-care center, and she is planning to start a family of her own. Her husband, David, is a homebody whose job as a wilderness guide takes him away for long periods—but when he’s home, he’s the best partner Lesley could imagine.
Kendra McCoy is a successful businesswoman whose husband, Eric, is an analyst who specializes in Middle Eastern politics. He supports her enthusiasm and drive to succeed, and is the perfect partner—when he’s home between assignments.
While trying to identify a man who collapses in a Portland, Oregon, coffee shop, two wallets are found: one belonging to David McCoy, the other to Eric McCoy.
Devastated by their comatose husband’s betrayal, Kendra and Lesley reluctantly join forces in an attempt to piece together a true picture of the man they both fell in love with. Instead, they uncover a vast web of deceit as they learn their husband lived a third life neither of them suspected.
My thoughts: When I first read the synopsis of The Elusive Mr. McCoy I immediately thought of Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh. While the premise of this book is similar, it is a completely different story.
Our various relationships enhance different parts of our personalities, sometimes to the point that we are a completely different person depending on who we are with at the time. While this particular case is taken to the extreme. I think that is what made this story so easy to relate to. This story is full of both intrigue and emotion as the two Mrs. McCoys work to uncover the true identity of their spouse.
All of the characters are incredibly likable. I was immediately drawn to Kendra’s strength and independence. It took a little longer for me to warm up to Lesley, but I think it had more to do with her role in the story than her character.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect as I began reading The Elusive Mr. McCoy. In the end it turned out to be a wonderful story and one that I highly recommend. It is not fluff yet it has a lightness to it. Baker kept me turning the pages and picking up the book at every opportunity just to indulge in a little bit more. This is not an easy feat!
The Elusive Mr. McCoy is Brenda Baker’s sophomore novel. Her first, Sisters of the Sari released June of 2011.
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