ECHOES OF TITANIC by Mindy Starns Clark, and co-authored by her husband, John Campbell Clark was a fascinating read. Mixing fiction and history, suspeECHOES OF TITANIC by Mindy Starns Clark, and co-authored by her husband, John Campbell Clark was a fascinating read. Mixing fiction and history, suspense and romance, I thoroughly enjoyed the tandem setting of 1912 and 2012.
Kelsey Tate, descendant of Adele Brennan, Titanic survivor, is fighting to save the firm Adele established 100 years ago. With a hostile takeover looming, Kelsey must figure out who the saboteur is who‘s working from within Brennan & Tate, and time is not on her side. With the clock ticking, Kelsey must answer the questions: Did an employee commit suicide or was it murder? Was Adele who she said she was or was she an imposter? Are her mentors working for her or against her? And, the allusive bonds bought by Adele aboard the Titanic, did they survive, and if so, where are they? With only days before her family’s company is sold out from under her, Kelsey employees the help of Cole Thornton, the man she once loved. Forced to recognize her own flawed “at all cost” mentality, she regrets the way she treated Cole in the past, and realizes her feelings for him have never dimmed. With a second chance at love, will she make the right decisions this time? or will she once again put her relationship on the line in order to prove her business prowess?
ECHOES OF TITANIC was an elaborately spun web of facts and fiction. A little slow on the uptake, I found myself enjoying the current day storyline with Kelsey at the center. But, towards the end, the “need to know” regarding Adele and her cousin, Jocelyn captured my fascination. A very intriguing story for sure. One I highly recommend.
WHISPERS OF THE BAYOU follows Miranda Miller as she embarks on what seems like an endless road of personal discovery that will change her life foreverWHISPERS OF THE BAYOU follows Miranda Miller as she embarks on what seems like an endless road of personal discovery that will change her life forever. Miranda works as an art restorer in New York far from her Louisiana roots, roots that she’s never had a chance to explore, before now. Raised by her aunt, Miranda has blocked out the memories of a tragic childhood, and in the process become a person who’s put up walls around her emotions, even from her husband and daughter.
When Miranda is summonsed to Louisiana by the caretaker of her family home, she goes. Not to revisit a past she can’t remember, but to honor the final wishes of a man who worked for her family for years. Once there, she is met with clouded memories, flashes of recollections from the past, and a feeling that the things that drove her from the Bayou when she was just a child are the very events that are drawing her back. With the family caretaker close to death, he confides in Miranda of a family secret, a secret she must swear to uphold and protect. Murder, more secrets, and danger follow Miranda as she tries to make sense of her families past.
I enjoyed WHISPERS OF THE BAYOU. Though I don’t feel it had the same pull as Clark’s Million Dollar Mystery series, it still made for a fascinating read. The Christian aspect of this book is very thin and quickly addressed near the end of the book while Miranda’s relationship with her husband and daughter are referred to more than portrayed. The middle of the story sags a little, but towards the end I was quickly turning pages to see if my theories were right. All in all, WHISPERS is a good mystery read....more