Just to play a little more catch-up on the stuff I've read recently, I'm going to quick review two more books at once today.
Since there is a new Kate Morton book coming out soon (The Secret Keeper) and I happen to have a review copy on the way, I decided to read The Distant Hours by Kate Morton this summer so that I would be all caught up and ready. Morton's first two books were good but I had reservations about each because I thought the mysteries were obvious too early in the stories. Still, I liked them enough to keep giving her books a try and here, in her third novel, I was finally satisfied. This was a strong tale of family and secrets, alternating between a WWII plot line and a present day one. There's a country manor, Morton's specialty, some eccentric old women, and a young one who is pining for a sense of belonging, to something or someone. I really enjoyed almost every aspect of this story and now I'm even more interested to see what Morton has come up with next.
The second book is one that has been on my TBR stack for a long time (since Sept 2009) -- The Blackstone Key by Rose Melikan. I even own two more books by this author because I anticipated liking this one. I can't explain why I never picked it up and I thought it was time that I should. Well, it turned out to be a Georgian period adventure-romance that reminded me in many ways of a Georgette Heyer romance. A young woman, Mary Finch, is summoned by her uncle and, since she's a orphan working as a school teacher and said uncle is rather wealthy, she decides to throw caution to the wind and set off without even responding to the letter. Whether this was a good idea or not is debatable as Mary experiences just about every high and low possible -- and some that seem rather impossible. This was a far-fetched but fun read and I will definitely pick up another Melikan book sooner than later.
Solving the mysteries of the past,