Most Highly Favored Daughter, by Janice Lane Palko is salacious, intriguing and an all-around winner! If you are looking for a good book to read on a cold winter’s day, look no further than Most Highly Favored Daughter, set in Pittsburgh, PA during Super Bowl weekend.
Janice Lane Palko creates compelling, deeply fraught characters who lure you in from page one. Cara Hawthorne Wells, the socialite elite of the Pittsburgh area, finds herself in a real pickle early on in the book. Yet, Janice Lane Palko shows us that Cara is much more than a former debutante. Cara, a seeker of truth, demonstrates courage and integrity when faced with a sordid adversity. Cara’s sister, Sophia, originally comes across as the flighty, irresponsible sister. Yet, when adversity strikes, Sophia is capable of showing loyalty and a caring nature. The virtues of these women shine throughout the story.
At a high level (without giving too much away), Cara, a recent recipient of the Mother Teresa Award, is blackmailed. She hires an investigator, Jake Gold, to help clear her name. Together, they get to the root of the blackmail, which only opens up a deeper chasm of sordidness prevalent in the city of Pittsburgh and beyond. They proceed further to eradicate their hometown of trafficking children. Their efforts lead to a further discovery, that no one would ever want to face.
This story has so many twists and turns that you won’t be able to see what’s coming. You’ll be shocked multiple times, thinking you have it nailed, only to find out you were wrong. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what road Cara would take to restore her reputation. I had to know who was the Most Highly Favored Daughter. Was it Cara or was it Sophia? Trust me, you won’t know the answer until you get to the very last line of the very last page! And don’t cheat by reading ahead! The journey that Janice Lane Palko takes you on is well worth the wait of reading this book from beginning to end.