love stories

A Desperate Fortune: Captivating Dual Timeline Romance

22221136A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
Sourcebooks Landmark: April 7, 2015
Genre: Dual Time Historical Fiction
Review Source: Free from publisher

I’d go there again!

It’s no secret: I love Susanna Kearsley‘s books. They share a place in my heart with Sara Donati‘s books.

A Desperate Fortune follows two women: modern-day Sara Thomas, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, and Mary Dundas, a second generation Jacobite exile. Sara’s story and Mary’s story, which both begin in the same town in France, are intertwined as Sara reads and translates Mary’s diary.

A natural programmer and cryptanalyst, Sara leaves her job because they want her to work with a team, which is something she refuses to do (because of a past betrayal). Her cousin, a slightly older woman, who has been her champion and best friend all her life, sets her up with a temporary position decrypting Mary’s diary. As she settles into the little town and to work decrypting the diary, Sara meets the local residents, including a young divorced father, Luc, his son, Noah, and Noah’s mother, the cook where Sara is staying. Both Luc and Noah help Sara with her research. As the days and weeks pass, she begins to care about the family, but especially Luc. Hiding her Asperger’s is a challenge, but Luc and Noah help her realize that the people who deserve her love are the ones who love her for herself.  (more…)

‘Crown of Dust’ A fantastic Gold Rush tale

crownofdustCrown of Dust by Mary Volmer
Soho Press: November 1st, 2011

My rating: Outstanding Adventure! (5/5)

I’ve been waiting for a good time to post this review, and my vacation on the West Coast seems ideal. Sharing the west-coast theme, Crown of Dust is a historical fiction that takes place during the Gold Rush.

In the late 19th century, a young man arrives in Emaline’s town of Motherlode, a small mining start-up near the grass valley. Alex, the young man, is running from a past he doesn’t want to remember, and hiding a secret that could ruin his life, and take his freedom. For Alex is not a young man, but a young woman. The story is about Emaline and Alex, and all the other inhabitants of Motherlode, with their many desires, ambitions, dreams, cares, and problems. The setting is a poor town with plenty of water in the creek and enough gold to keep the miners panning, but not much else. A town with an unfinished church, and a wild but mostly decent population. (more…)