Last weeks novel was The Bracelet by Dorothy Love.
Celia Browning has been waiting two years for Sutton Mackay to return home so they can start their lives together, but just as it seems everything is going her way a reporter arrives trying to dig up old tragedies. Set in 1850’s Savannah, Celia tries to solve the mystery of her families tragic past while Savannah tips towards war and her perfect life threatens to crumble around her.
The characters are enjoyable and nicely developed. Since it is set in “polite society” there is a barrier of proper behavior that inhibits some of the dialog and action. There are points where the dialog seems overdone, the proper society conversation a bit forced, but otherwise is entertaining and moves the story along.
There is plenty of mystery and intrigue in this story, unraveled slowly amidst Celia trying to pretend life is going on as normal.
I never really felt the setting take hold. i had no senses that it was in Savannah other than it kept being repeated over and over again. Savannah. Savannah. Savannah. And it felt stiff how the author kept trying to instill time period by mentioning Celia’s reticule and that she forever had her reticule. Somehow the historical part of this historical fiction is light, mere background, and far from immersive.
3 out of 5. It was a fine story, but dragged in some regards.
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So, on to this week!
This weeks novel will be …
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman.
A middle-aged man recalls a strange, unbelievable series of events from his young life.
That’s it for this Novel Monday. See you Wednesday!