- File Size: 2115 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications (July 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073C9MSS5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anna gets called to the house of Lawrence Richardson who has a very large estate. She is asked to get Mr. Richardson's files in order, do his taxes and get his estate running efficiently again. Even with all she has to do, she couldn't stop focusing on the girl that went missing before her under fishy circumstances.
Bateman has built a beautiful world (okay setting) in this book. The house sounds amazing, and I felt like I was living in it with Anna. The great property that the Richardson's live on is beautiful, and I could see it while reading this book. I love it when an author can bring a book to life for me.
Then there is Tyler. Yummy, Yummy, Tyler. Okay there are other characters in the book that are fantastic as well. Like Anna...other ones....and TYLER ;). All of the characters in the book play an awesome role, but Tyler, he's just, well YUMMY!
Anna is very determined to find out what happened to Irene, but when she starts looking too much people start to question her motives.
This story is full of twists and turns. It has mystery, secrets, wealthy men fighting, and one person has murder on their mind. I have to admit I did not catch onto the "bad guy" until it came upon me in the book. Needless to say I was surprised by the ending. It was wonderful.
If you like, mystery with a bit of romance, this book is for you. It does have a bit of religion in it as well, but it goes with the book beautifully.
Anna has always protected Irene as she had to raise her when their mother was always at work. Irene is headstrong, impetuous, beautiful, full of life and not afraid to push the envelope of propriety. Anna has always lived in her shadow, but loves her sister deeply and will do whatever is necessary to find her. She decides to investigate on her own as the police don’t seem to be doing much. She takes a job as Irene’s replacement at the mansion in Virginia, but she tells no one of her relationship to Irene. She begins asking questions and stirs the pot as strange things begin to occur. Anna is also at odds with the young heir-to-be, Tyler Richardson. He is attractive, but gruff, distant and sometimes downright rude. He is against Anna being hired, but his father overrules him. Tyler and Anna butt heads initially, but Tyler soon learns that Anna is quite efficient and knows her job well, plus his father likes her. As Anna keeps her identity secret and continues her quest, the stakes are increased and her heart ignores her brain when she falls in love. What happened to Irene? Did she leave to meet a man and run off to get married? Did she steal some things from the mansion and take off for the big city?
The had a Gothic feel in certain creepy parts that I liked as it raised goosebumps on my arms! The ending was a surprise reveal, which I found well done. I didn’t really like the character of Tyler much as he seemed too hot and cold, going from rude and mean to smoldering gazes for Anna. Anna had a determined mindset that she didn’t waver from even facing danger to herself. The mystery was a little slow in some portions, but overall flowed well. I liked the crusty character of the father, Lawrence Richardson the best. I would like to read more from this author and would recommend this book for any mystery buff.
Searching for Irene is a historical mystery with a gothic feel, set in a castle-like estate in eastern Virginia during the 1920s. Filled with characters you like … but aren’t sure you can trust … Marlene Bateman’s latest also has several twists that will keep you turning the pages!
The setting is perfect. (a castle-like house in Virginia? Yes please!) The plot of the missing secretary is intriguing. The characters are layered. There’s some great kisses! And I like Anna’s Nancy Drew-ish tendencies (even though Nancy wasn’t around yet). Her interactions with Evan as well as Lawrence made me smile – Anna is definitely the kind of heroine I would want as a friend.
I have to admit, though, that it took me a while to get into this story.
It lacks something in dimension and cohesion, specifically in reactions and interactions. Dialogue frequently turned into info dumping – especially of historical fact – more so in the beginning than toward the middle and end. This is relatively minor overall and, if info dumping (the kind that’s not meant to be satirical) falls flat for you like it does for me, I would encourage you to keep going. Just when I had decided this wasn’t the book for me, Bateman threw in a twist I was NOT expecting and my attention was grabbed once again. That happened more than once – my attention began to wane and then another curve ball had me re-engaged with full interest.
Bottom Line: I struggled at first to stay engaged with Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman, but I’m glad I stuck it out. The mystery is well-crafted, as is the setting and the characters. The writing style made it slow-going for me in places, but I loved Anna and Tyler and Evan and so many other delightful new friends I met on the pages of this gothic mystery. Twists and turns kept me guessing, and I could easily picture Ashton Hall, its grounds, and its staff. Marlene Bateman has a definite talent for crafting a riveting mystery that will have you looking over your shoulder with cautious anticipation.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
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I LOVE a good mystery!
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