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***Finalist in the 2018 Indie Book Awards for Inspirational Fiction***
When heiress and philanthropist Cara Hawthorne Wells is framed with a heinous crime, her reputation, marriage, and life are jeopardized. As she and handsome, brooding private investigator Jake Gold battle to prove her innocence, they uncover shocking revelations about the city she serves, the people she
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Kindle Edition, 407 pages
Published August 22nd 2016 by Plenum Publishing
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Andrea Deramo
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book has many triggers that are not evident by the description, including sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse/sexual abuse.

I am not a fan of suspense or thrillers, but I really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was interesting and gripping albeit a little predictable. I was initially concerned religion would be a central part of the story, but it was used more as character development and support. An insert that came with the book described the genre as a "romantic su
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Cynthia
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
In spite of the description, this story was grittier than I expected but a satisfying read. Although a Catholic novel with strong Catholic elements, which one might think would make it suitable for all adult readers, its content might be too much for a very sensitive reader. So use caution. Note: No bad language. It calls attention to human trafficking, child abuse, and *SPOILER ALERT* incest, all of which I think need to be addressed more often in all media. The story has enough detail so that ...more
Dale Amidei
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Throughout this ambitious presentation, Janice Lane Palko weaves a stunning web of intrigue, conspiracy and betrayal delineating the divide of souls, of which her protagonist, Cara Wells, is the brightest. The remainder of the cast measures against this woman’s unwavering commitment to character through trials of the worst magnitude in regard to acts of depravity and betrayal.

Also foundational is the author’s integrating the backdrop of Cara’s religion. Catholic themes predominate, reflecting co
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Anne Willoughby DeSart
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book! I was sitting on the edge of my seat while reading it. The characters were so real to me and I found myself shocked near the end! I won't ruin the surprise but it is well worth it! ...more
Erin
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave the overall story line 3 stars. I like the idea of the book however, I was able to figure out the whodunit pretty quickly.

Unfortunately, I have to give the main character one star. It was incredibly obnoxious that she was so naïve and the victim of an emotionally abusive relationship yet a successful business owner/woman. It didn't fit for me.
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Virginia Pillars
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of “Most Highly Favored Daughter” by Janice Lane Palko during her Facebook launch party. Once I began it, I had a hard time putting it down until I reached the end.

Janice addressed a seldom discussed blight that permeates our world, the deplorable world of sex trafficking. I applaud her for bringing this sensitive subject into a piece of fiction. I liked how her characters evolved as I followed their lives in her story.

I figured some things out before the story revealed it, but
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Carolyn
Most Highly Favored Daughter is an engaging read with an interesting cast set in my favorite city - Pittsburgh. The author provides enough bread crumbs to keep the reader engaged in unraveling the plot so that suspense is maintained until the final chapters with some unexpected twists along the way.

The book also draws much-needed attention to the vile crime of sex trafficking and its prevalence. I enjoyed the faith elements of the book, particularly the inclusion of Saint Bahkita and the human p
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Barb
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Set in Pittsburgh against the backdrop of the Super Bowl, this novel tells a harrowing story of human trafficking with an unexpected twist. Heiress Cara Wells is framed with the horrible crime of abusing a young child--but she remembers nothing of what happened that night after falling violently ill. Resolved to untangle the mystery and rescue the young victim of the crime, Cara puts even her marriage and her life on the line.
Susan
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Truly enjoyed this book!
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Janice Lane Palko grew up in Pittsburgh and is the author of the new romantic comedy Our Lady of the Roses, a spinoff from her first novel, St. Anne’s Day. She has also written the award-winning romantic suspense, Most Highly Favored Daughter as well as the Christmas romance, A Shepherd's Song, and Cape Cursed, a romantic suspense. A writer for more than two decades, her work is featured on the P

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