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The Runaway McBride by Elizabeth Thornton
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Mar 06, 2009

really liked it

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Faith McBride is a teacher at a progressive all girls school. It’s progressive because it prepares girls in 1885 England to go on to University and then onto careers. James Burnett is the heir to Drumore Castle in Scotland. Faith and James had been engaged 8 years prior but due to the machinations of another and a lack of communication Faith thought she was being used and lied to, so simply disappeared from James’ life. She disappeared and became a teacher.

Trouble starts when James’ grandmother passes away and passes on a special gift, the gift of second sight. When James starts having dreams of Faith in mortal danger he knows he must find her. He eventually tracks her down and the adventure begins. Faith is on a quest to find out what really happened to her mother, who supposedly passed away when Faith was very young, but evidence arises indicating that may not be the case. And a mystery surrounds her mother’s actual death and her mother’s diary.

I thoroughly enjoyed this work by Ms. Thornton. The characters are faced with the challenges so many face when we don’t get all the facts from the correct parties. The plot moves well and keeps you guessing to the very end just what the mystery is all about. And who would resort to murder and why. The subjects of love and obsession and the differences between them are a very fine line. Ms Thornton also puts forth the question of just what IS a parents role in life? Should they be expected to give up everything for their children or can they still have their own dreams and can there be a balance between the two? These are questions that were just starting to be asked in 1885 and are still being asked to this day.

I highly recommend this work and can promise you’ll be intrigued from first page to last.

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