I really enjoyed this fictional account of a family's heritage over a period of 100 years. Because of the 100 yr. anniversary of the Titanic it fell right in line with the tragic fate of that mighty vessel and the death of so many people.
The novel held your attention right up to the very end wondering who was behind the mystery of the bonds that were bought during the voyage on the the Titanic.
What an awesome, page turning read. Most of the book takes place in 2012, but is connected to the fateful ship Titanic. Mindy Starns Clark does a great job of bring the past and the present together. She has it all in this book! Beginning on the voyage with the cousins Adele and Joceyln and Mr Tad Myers, and the "Love" of the two girls for each other.
We come across suicide or murder, betrayal, lost loves, hostile take overs, Ponzie Schemes, break ins. What matters most we will find out is the Love of God and Family. Enjoyed the visit that Kelsey has with her Grandfather Jonah, what a delightful character he is. He is also the son of Adele, the Titanic survivor and matriarchy of the Brennan-Tate Clan. In his kitchen hung a sign that stated "The secret to a happy life is the hanging on and in the letting go." Probably when all the facts are revealed will make a lot of sense.
I did enjoy this book and it makes for a wonderful getting lost in book.
I received this book from Harvest House Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
Even though I prefer plots set in the present, I learn more from historic fiction. This novel offers both the present and the past. Interspersed throughout this contemporary novel are short chapters set 100 years ago, which follow Adele and Jocelyn, two cousins, close as sisters, aboard the Titanic, giving the reader a deeper insight into that historic tragedy. I feel that the balance between the time of Titanic and today are just right.
The characters are well-written. I most appreciate Kelsey, a modern-day, sharp, businesswoman. Included are a mystery and a smidgen of romance--something for everyone! The description of the interlocking hat pin has me wanting to begin a collection of them. Most people will enjoy this good read.
For reader's reflection or book clubs, discussion questions are included.
Thank you to FirstWildCard and Karri James at Harvest House Publishers for my copy.