Fresh out of college with a dream job and a new apartment overlooking Manhattan, life is good for THE BENEFACTOR’s Kate Barrett. But in the same way she’s questioned the increasingly extravagant gifts she’s received from a secret admirer for most of her life, Kate suspects that some things are too good to be true. With a plot containing unexpected twists at every turn, Margaret Reyes Dempsey ratchets up the suspense and the romance and then unwraps it, layer by layer, until Kate learns the shocking truth about her past and comes to realize that those around her are not always who they seem.
– Julie Compton, author of TELL NO LIES and RESCUING OLIVIA
Imagine taking a seat on a romantic Venetian gondola only to find yourself swept away in white water rapids. THE BENEFACTOR, with its innocent start, slow build, and twists and turns will take you on the ride of your life.
– Gwyn Cready, author of TUMBLING THROUGH TIME and SEDUCING MR. DARCY
The Benefactor Receives 5 Stars and a Top Pick Rating by Night Owl Reviews.
Here’s what reviewer, Diana Coyle, had to say:
All I can say about this story is, “WOW!!!” This was a powerful story that grabbed me from the first page and had me on a roller coaster ride until the very last sentence. Ms. Dempsey packed this story with raw emotions and I just couldn’t help but feel terrible for Kate….I’m new to Ms. Dempsey and her writing, but I can tell you that I am her #1 fan now. I eagerly look forward to reading more from this author as soon as possible. Keep the stories coming, Ms. Dempsey!
The Benefactor came in second place in the Romance Novel category of the 2009 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll.
4-Book Rating for The Benefactor by Long and Short Reviews
The “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” beginning of The Benefactor is deceptive. Suspense creeps in early when Kate Barrett’s “secret friend” sends a gift to her new apartment before she moves in and even before her name is listed at the new address.
As the plot takes twists and turns with layer after layer of Kate’s past life being peeled away, she feels off balance and must re-evaluate past events while moving along at warp speed in her new job at eTown Technology. Kate, bright, college-educated, and dedicated is on the fast track to success.
Michael Callaghan, owner of eTown Technology, watches Kate and encourages her to make the most of her talents. He rewards her with promotions and pay. He stays in the background with Frank Tarantino being the visible “boss” up to a point. However, Michael exerts pressure when Frank steps over the line with Kate. Michael’s past also had layers to it that he does not reveal. His anonymous philanthropic works take on new meaning as the layers of his past begin to peel away. The Benefactor, a story about a quest for redemption and about the power of forgiveness, lures the reader in.
The secondary characters help develop the complexities in the story and add some interesting insights into the various ways people cope with their circumstances—circumstances that cannot always be seen as just black or white, the shades of grey in between must be considered.
Margaret Reyes Dempsey’s unobtrusive writing style makes the story flow and propels the reader along with a mixture of bumps and smoothness along the way that keeps the reader’s interest fully engaged.
[Reviewed by Camellia]