An Imperfect Process
Circle of Friends Trilogy Book 3
June 1, 2017
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
From bestselling author Mary Jo Putney comes an emotionally charged story of a man and a woman brought together by a passion for justice, a hunger for change, and an imperfect process.
Corporate law has given Val Covington high profile success, Armani suits—and no time for a life. Recklessly she walks away from her uptown job and starts her own practice, determined to do work that matters.
Renting a remodeled church for her new office gives her an unexpected bonus in the form of her landlord. Rob Smith is the kind of guy Val is always attracted to: mysterious, handsome, and haunted. Which means, based on her track record, that he is also a loser, but this time she’s smart enough to avoid involvement with the wrong man.
Then Val’s assistant makes a desperate plea for help in saving her one-time lover from being executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Val agrees to try, though success seems impossible. Rob, who has private reasons for wanting to work with Val, offers his formidable investigative skills in the quest for justice.
Working against the clock, Rob and Val discover irresistible mutual passion as well long hidden secrets. But will their new evidence be enough to save a life? And can two very different people change enough to build a life together?
Perhaps they can, when fate takes a hand….
Originally published August 2003 as Twist of Fate in mass market paperback by Jove and January 2013 as The Imperfect Process in eBook format by ePublishing Works!.
Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably ever since.
While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy, it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acquired a computer for other purposes. When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool, she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold quickly, thereby changing her life forever, in most ways for the better. (“But why didn’t anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads?”) Like a lemming over a cliff, she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full-time writer as soon as possible.
Since 1987, Ms. Putney has published twenty-nine books and counting. Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism, death and dying, and domestic abuse. She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. Five of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by The Library Journal. The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist, published by the American Library Association.
A nine-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance. Though most of her books have been historical, she has also published three contemporary romances.
Ms. Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full-time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose.