From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .
Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems.
ISBN: 9780062642479 Publisher: William Morrow Publication date: September 4th 2018 Pages: 408
This story follows three women spanning dual time lines (2013 & 1915). All three women are connected via the ship Lusitania. It starts with a broke author struggling to make ends meet. She opens a chest which belonged to her great-grandfather that leads her on an investigative journey to the UK where she meets John Langford.
During the course of Sarah’s investigating she and John develop a romantic relationship with each other but they also discover a lot about their respective families. There was also a romance between three of the passengers on the Lusitania. So this is also a romance story.
The writing style is easy to follow and plays with your emotions whilst you become more involved with the characters. The character building is well done, and the weaving of the two time lines is well executed providing a certain level of intrigue suspense to the overall story. This story provides a bit of a thriller feel in addition to the historical aspect that is predominately the main focus of the story.
Recommend for: Adults Rating: 5 stars