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Pat Bertram is a recently published author, and this is her third novel (already!). She's published with a small publisher called Second Wind, and if you haven't heard of her, or them, you might want to jump on the bandwagon now before Pat gets famous. She has a distinctive writing style, with good old-fashioned plots that drive forwards on the innocent enthusiasm of youth, and with characters that straightforwardly narrate their tales. But the stories Pat tells are thoroughly modern too, with up-to-date scientific and historical research, complex scenarios, and hints of next year's secrets and the next decade's headlines. Her characters are wonderful and flawed, old enough to have those tales to tell, and lively enough to have tales to build as well.
In this book I learned why the Syndicate's not the Mafia, how to read a serial number that's been filed off a gun, and how many people die per second in the United States. I learned about time and politics and attitudes, and even a bit about myself. There's gold in these pages, a gold standard you can really believe in, and treasure in the "elders" who seek it. Don't miss this book; don't avoid it just because you can't guess the genre. It's whatever you're looking for, and truly, while some of the characters may have been con-artists, that's not a con.
I don't want to spoil it but its A MUST READ. Pat Bertram is a magician that has you spellbound and eager for more. This is a masterful display of writing and some of the best writing I have read in a long time!!!
When Mary Stuart is told by an attorney that her supposedly long-dead grandparents have just been murdered and have left their farm to her, she's more than a bit curious. Her father refuses to talk about them. Those who will talk are elder gangsters from the days of the big con who like sharing their memories and their view of the way the world works.
As Mary travels from town to town tracking down people who might have known her grandparents, those she's talked to already are more than happy to come along for the ride. What a wonderful group they are! For Mary, it's a very personal quest, learning about her heritage. It's also a dangerous quest, for the person or persons who killed her grandparents might be coming after her.
Pat Bertram has created a alternately humorous and suspenseful mystery. Her likable protagonist learns a lot about the world--and about herself--and she learns it quickly. She has to or she might be the next one to die. I highly recommend "Daughter Am I" to readers who like dangerous, fast-moving novels with both charm and depth.
At the start of the tale, a young woman, Mary Stuart, unexpectedly inherits money from grandparents whom she never knew. In fact, her parents have lied to her all her life, telling her her grandparents were dead. In fact, they just died. Now, it seems she's inherited a farm. Mary innocently tries to find out a bit more about them, trying to figure out why they'd leave a farm to her, etc. She finds some clues in their old farmhouse. Then, when she finds out how they actually died, she embarks on a modern day quest and along the way acquires companions--friends of her grandparents. And what friends they are! I don't want to give anything away, but suffice it to say these aren't your ordinary old folks.
I've read Pat Bertram's other books and highly recommend all of them.
Mary Stuart has grandparents or had grandparents, but they were murdered and she has inherited their farm. It seems that due to family politics her dad disowned his parents' years before. Mary discovers a little black book in her grandfather's possessions and finds a ragtag bunch of former mobsters who Mary takes on and makes friends with -Sounds like a trip down the yellow brick road at first but turns into a rousing adventure to find the hidden gold from a long ago robbery. Their prime nemesis in this case is a gold obsessed murderer following them.
I found this book to have a really neat concept to it. Most people boo anything to do with mafia or anything criminal. In this case these characters are lovable octogenarians on a last adventure for buried gold and who provide our heroine with insight to what her grandfather was like. Ms. Bertram has written characters you can cheer on and hope the best for. There is a little bit of everything for everyone in DAUGHTER AM I; humor, adventure, insight and a love story when Mary meets Tim. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good road trip story. I GIVE DAUGHTER AM I FIVE GOLD BARS.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Daughter Am I, Pat Bertram has created an entertaining tale of friendship, discovery, and mystery filled with diverse characters who are instantly likeable. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by lvgaudet
They say you can pick your friends but you are stuck with your relatives. When Mary Stuart discovers her grandparents were murdered, she sets off on a quest to find some answers. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by S M Senden
Pat Bertram's suspense novel "Daughter Am I is a journey in the true sense of the word. Though the story takes place in modern times and mostly on the road, members of Mary... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Joylene L. Butler
When Mary Stuart inherits a farm from grandparents she thought had died before she was born, she begins a quest to learn more about them and find out why they were murdered. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Michael Murphy
I had just finished reading the new humorous book about aging by Jeanne Kraus when I turned to read Daughter Am I by Pat Bertram. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Glenda
Daughter Am I brings to life a gang of characters that I came to care about as much as I did about unraveling the mysteries of the protagonist's grandparents. Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by M.Hoffman
In "Daughter Am I" by Pat Bertram, Mary finds out she had grandparents after she inherits their farm when they are murdered. Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by grumpydan
I like old-fashioned mysteries and this has the makings of an interesting read.
A likable young women with a burning curiosity and plenty of roadblocks in her way. Read more