Saturday, August 29, 2015

Romance, Mystery and History

ReneTalbot arrives at her family's Virginia Estate for the annual reunion. This is year is special for Rene. The family is giving the Smithsonian a pamphlet printed by a Talbot ancestor in 1685. The pamphlet was used to guide Huguenots out of France during the persecution by Louis XIV.

A second thread of the story is the story of Catherine, Rene's ancestor who lived during the time the pamphlet was printed.

The third part of the story is a murder mystery. When they were children, Rene and her three cousins stumbled on a murder in the woods adjoining the family estate. When they told the adults, no one believed them, and when they went back to show their parents, the body it had mysteriously disappeared. This experience has hung over the cousins and is still causing them anguish although they are now adults.

This is an enjoyable book. Rene and Catherine are likable characters. The romance is subtle, but gives a nice background to the story. Rene becomes involved with the security guard hired to protect the pamphlet. Catherine has her own romantic trials. She has loved Pierre Talbot since she was a child, but now she wonders if she can trust him.

The two stories are joined together well, but I always find that I care more about one story than the other in this situation and feel the other intrudes. Still, it fleshes out the story of the pamphlet.

My biggest problem with the book is that not all the threads are resolved. I'm sure the authors did this in hopes of selling the next book. However, when you get to the end and a major thread is left dangling, it feels a bit like cheating.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.

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