5 Stars Out Of 5
Kyle Russell is a dream
March 23, 2015
Blue Jeans & Teacups
This book has a little bit of everything; entertainment, intrigue, mystery, romance, historical setting (old world Memphis and New Orleans), and of course, faith.
Opening scripture: Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
Kyle Russell, a Pinkerton agent, was well introduced in Book one and I knew I liked him. Smart, funny, kind and a man of God. He is also an inventor along with his best friend Lucas McMinn. Lucas returns in several small scenes, which I enjoyed. Kyle is on 2 cases really, or about to be. Looking for lost Confederate gold, buried long ago, and following up on the missing escape convict, Will Tucker. Preparing to start the new case, his boss, Henry (who is a wonderful, jolly older fellow with much wisdom), has sent him to Memphis. However, he has given him a few days to test a new invention on the rooftop of an empty building New Years Eve.
Mildred Cope is the remaining of 3 daughters after the older two tragically died along with their mother during a yellow fever epidemic several years ago. She is wealthy, elegant, and beautiful, but so much more! Millies father is mean and does not understand her highly intelligent mind. He has pushed her towards and English gentleman, Sir William Truek hoping for a beneficial business arrangement for himself, as well as someone who can tame his daughter into the sort of quite wife he believes women are meant to be. Millie has agreed to the marriage in hopes of escaping to England to be free to pursue her love of science, and simply be considered an odd American that nobody will care to much about to interfere with.
New Years Eve marks the evening her engagement is to be announced at the Peabody Hotel gala, but she finds herself feeling stifled and recalling a recent trip to her fathers business where she explored a rooftop to sketch the stars and found some interesting items that appeared to be some sort of experiment. She ducks out of the party to return to the rooftop where she meets Kyle Russell. The results are wonderful and the beginning of an amazing relationship orchestrated by God.
I definitely enjoyed the charming characters found in Kyles parents, and the scenery, particularly in New Orleans. It made me want to visit there some day. I did find the capture anticlimactic. There was a lot of build up towards it, and then a simple change of plans from Millie resolved it and it was over. She was well prepared for danger, after practicing. Like book one, the danger aspect fell short for me. I like a bit more danger, nothing crazy, but still, more.
As with book one, there are several typos in this book, which I needed to overlook, since the story is quite good. In fact, the beginning of Ch. 23 has two paragraphs that are nearly identical, but with two completely different scenarios. I personally preferred the first one, but what a huge editing mistake.
I purchased this copy. My opinion is my own and without compensation. I will rate it 5 stars for the story, but would drop a 1/2 star for editing if that were allowed.
2013 Harvest House Pub
323 pages + discussion questions (which I never read)
Book #1 Floras Wish 2013
Book #3 Sadies Secret 2014