Skizzer: A Novel - eBook  -     By: A.J. Kiesling
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Revell / 2008 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781441239471
ISBN-13: 9781441239471

Publisher's Description

Claire Trowling is on a quest. After receiving news of her sister Becca's abrupt disappearance, Claire must piece together the shadowy remnants of a past she's long forgotten in order to find her. A cryptic note scrawled in Becca's handwriting leaves more questions than it answers: "Something both terrible and wonderful has happened. I can't explain now..."
When a stack of mysterious letters bound by a rare necklace is found, Claire heads to England--the source of the heirloom--for answers. With the help of a rectory gardener she remembers from her childhood, Claire races to discover the secrets that hold her family captive. Suspenseful and full of intrigue, Skizzer takes readers on a transcontinental hunt for answers weaving seamlessly between the distant past of childhood and the urgency of the present.

Author Bio

A. J. Kiesling is the author of more than a dozen books and has worked as a writer and editor in the Christian publishing industry since 1985. She is a former religion writer for Publishers Weekly and a former news editor for Christian Retailing magazine. Kiesling lives in Sanford, Florida.

Sisterly bonds and the love of a family are the two elements that bind first-time novelist A.J. Kiesling’s work, Skizzer. Skizzer takes the reader into the fabric of a family’s history to explore the secrets that are woven into its past.

When Claire Trowling gets a call from her brother-in-law, Rainey, saying that Becca, the sister she has both adored and resented since childhood, has disappeared, she knows that something must be wrong. Desperate for answers, she looks in a childhood hiding place and discovers a recently written note addressed to her. “Something both terrible and wonderful has happened,” Becca has written. Claire and Rainey’s determined journey to find out why Becca would so abruptly leave takes them to the lush English countryside Claire and Becca had visited as children, where an heirloom of unknown value provides a valuable piece to the puzzle of events. Through meetings with old friends and long-lost relatives, Claire and Rainey begin to discover that theirs is a family where things are not as they have seemed for years, and that secrets run deep. But will these secrets change everything?

In the course of the story, Claire finds her heart being drawn once again into a trusting relationship with her heavenly Father, and she learns the value of being open to meeting with Him.

The historical elements of this story are well-researched and intriguing, and they expose the reader to some different facets of the culture surrounding the Anglican Church. The characters are well-defined, and the relationships between them draw the reader into a closer understanding of who they are. All in all, readers looking for an intriguing, engaging plot will find it in Skizzer. -- Lyndi Markus,

Publisher's Weekly

When Claire Trowling’s sister Becca vanishes from her home and leaves her husband a note telling him not to worry, Claire embarks on a search that takes her to old family sites in North Carolina and England. As she seeks her “skizzer” (childhood lingo for sister) and uncovers pieces of the Trowlings’ family heritage, including a famous pendant with sacred significance, Claire rediscovers her Christian faith and begins to understand long-cherished family secrets. This debut novel from Kiesling is a quick and engaging read, with well-described settings and a sweet romance. However, the writing suffers from abrupt transitions between and within scenes. Becca’s reason for her sub-rosa departure is never quite convincing, with too little backstory about Becca’s husband. Readers may finish the novel wondering what purpose was served by all of Becca’s melodrama. Still, this plot hole is outweighed by the novel’s strengths, which include an adventurous story, a compelling protagonist and thoughtful musings on the real meaning of sisterhood. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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