Love Is A Legal Affair
This is the story of a young woman lawyer in a small New Mexico town who is faced with defending a conservative minister against the charge of sexual abuse of a Cub Scout. The case seems unwinnable in the shadow of frequent breaking news reports of Catholic priests who have, without accountability, abused altar boys. These reports have angered citizens. Also, Carmela is aware that Judge Salazar assigns cases to her that he knows will be difficult to win. Suspense builds through the book as Carmela suspects the District Attorney of withholding damning witness testimony. The final challenge comes when her client surprises her with shocking news.
The plot is enhanced with the developing story of Carmela’s love for her childhood sweetheart who married the high school football queen while Carmela was in law school. Rosemary, Carmela’s secretary, and Harry, her private investigator, provide levity to an all round enjoyable book.
About Maxine Neely Davenport (Santa Fe, New Mexico Author)
Maxine Neely Davenport’s writing evokes the toughness and passion of Westerners born in the post-Steinbeck era, and portrays the struggles today's ranchers have with such problems as illegal migrant employees and cattle rustlers.
Davenport grew up riding horses in Oklahoma’s Hereford Heaven territory. In college, she won national awards as editor of the East Central Journal. At Colorado State University she received a master’s degree in literature, followed by a law degree from Oklahoma University. She began writing fiction following a career in law and has completed four novels and a number of prize-winning short stories.
While practicing law in Colorado Springs, she was active in Pikes Peak Writers and served as editor of The Pikes Peak Writer News Magazine. She traveled to China with other women lawyers and judges, the first People to People group allowed into that country. Later she accompanied a group of Heifer International personnel to Zimbabwe, Africa, where they visited farms and met with government officials. She spent one summer of law school at Queens College, Oxford, England, after touring Europe by automobile. Now living in Santa Fe, she keeps in touch with mountain-climbing friends who shared her hikes up twenty-six of Colorado’s fourteeners.