I’d go there again!
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…)