17 January 2017
Reading Challenge - Book Two
In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell fit the 14th category on the reading challenge list - a book involving travel.
Kate is able to impress a very rich man aboard an ocean liner while acting as a governess for two girls. The girls' aunt warns her about the family and an old mystery, but rich is rich, and Kate figures the aunt is just a grumpy old biddy who must be jealous. If only she knew then, isn't that what they always say?
Most of the book was quite an intriguing flashback, and I kept reading to find out how everything would unfurl. But then suddenly I found myself in the Epilogue, finding out how it all ends, with a child I knew nothing about, and no satisfying conclusion to the foreshadowing at the very beginning.
I was happy with the ending, but I felt like I'd just found out about a high-school friend on Facebook. I knew where it all stood 20 years ago, and I got to the happy ending, but the middle was sort of missing. It may have made a good part one, maybe bring the other child in on a part two, and then work toward an ending? Just my two cents.
That being said, this was not Blackwell's first novel, and I would be interested in reading what she's written previously. I enjoyed her style, I just think I'd enjoy the missing part of the story too ;)