- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc (July 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524402656
- ISBN-13: 978-1524402655
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Marlene kept me interested & involved emotionally
as I walked in Anna's shoes. I admire the pure talent Marlene
has and her ability to inspire, teach, and encourage the reader
through the eyes of her character Anna.
I'm grateful Marlene gave a complete and happy ending.
I can't wait for the next novel!
Romance writing also often isn't top notch. So, I didn't have very high expectations going into this book.
Searching for Irene is a period (1920's) romantic mystery set rural Virginia. The family whose patriarch hires her to put his estate in order live in and around a castle like great house. The former secretary/financial planner (Irene) disappeared under mysterious circumstances some weeks before the heroine, Anna, arrives at the estate.
There are some fairly minor problems with the plot and dialogue. It often feels stilted and stapled into place to move the plot along. There's not much 'show' and quite a lot of 'tell'. There are also a number of anachronisms (earned income credit is mentioned on page 191, it wasn't enacted until 1975), but again, to me they weren't overwhelming or terribly annoying.
The book is 'clean', no sex or foul language and can be read anywhere without embarrassment.
I found myself wondering about some of the main character's motivations. While LDS women weren't encouraged to do so, were they even allowed to marry outside the faith? (I know they are allowed to now, but in the 1920s?) She was from a financially struggling broken family, how did she get through college? Nobody in her employer's family (with whom she is required to live in the castle/house) says much at all about her attending different church services than the family's. That would've been somewhat remarkable given the time period and anti-Mormon sentiment of the day, I think? There were some religious/philosophical Mormon bits which I found interesting, but some readers might find off-putting.
In the course of her investigation, it's revealed that the former secretary (Irene) had a criminal record and was incarcerated for a time. Would she have been allowed to work for a secretarial agency in that case?
I do overthink these things, but they were a little distracting to me at least.
Final opinion? Worth a look/readable/3 stars.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.