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She's Jessica Savage, a prosecutor in the district attorney's office who's being stalked by a person or persons unknown -- but presumably by one of convicted three felons who threatened her after their trial. He's Will McCready, a sergeant in the sheriff's department assigned to protect her. And, bringing his cat with him, he moves into her specially designed house intent on doing just that.  

Does this sound like one of the standard formulas for romantic suspense?  

What if I add Jess is a widow, and Will is recovering, physically and mentally, from a gunshot wound taken in a battle that killed his female partner? Still pretty much the same old stuff?  

Yes, it is until you learn Jess was severely injured in the accident that killed her husband. She is, and always will be, confined to a wheelchair. Since Moving Violations shows the world through Jess's eyes, her disability adds a new dimension to what might otherwise be an ordinary tale of stalking, fear, vandalism and driving way too fast. 

Moving Violations offers a fully developed heroine, one with all the basic urges and fears, plus the knowledge that the accident that killed her young husband and caused her to lose the child she was carrying made her a lesser person in the eyes of the world. The author did an admirable job showing the heroine's fear of commitment, and the need to prove herself independent and able to care for herself that have made Jess an emotional cripple.  

Prickly, a risk-taker who drives her van way too fast, always too aware of what she is, Jess is not a likable character at the beginning of book. But she grew on me and taught me much that I will remember.  

If one sentence can describe the theme of the book, it is: "Disabled people are people with a problem, but they are, above all else, people first." 

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Patricia White

Patricia White is the Sapphire Award-winning author of A Wizard Scorned. Her current book, the western The Legend of Lejube Rogue, is available from New Concepts Publishing.