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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Echoes of the Titanic...Review

About the book:
Kelsey Tate comes from sturdy stock. Her great-grandmother Adele endured the sinking of Titanic and made it safely to America, where she not only survived but thrived. Generations later, Kelsey works for the firm Adele founded nearly 100 years ago.

Now facing a hostile takeover, the firm’s origins are challenged when new facts emerge about Adele’s actions on the night Titanic sank. Kelsey tries to defend the company and the great-grandmother she has long admired, but the stakes are raised when Kelsey’s boss is murdered and her own life threatened.

Forced to seek help from Cole Thornton, a man Kelsey once loved—and lost, thanks to her success-at-all-costs mentality—she pursues mysteries both past and present. Aided by Cole and strengthened by the faith she’d all but forgotten in her climb up the corporate ladder, Kelsey races the clock to defend her family legacy, her livelihood, and ultimately her life.

With this year being the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the number of Titanic related books shouldn't surprise any one.  However, given that most men aboard the ship didn't survive, it's hard to write a happy love story with the Titanic as backdrop.

This was a pleasant surprise.  The Clark's have taken the sinking of the Titanic and made it part of the story, but the real stories are those of Adele and Jocelyn 100 years ago and Kelsey today.  As Kelsey fights a hostile takeover of her family's company, she must also discover the truth about her great-grandmother:  is she really who she said she was or is everything Kelsey knows, based on a lie?

I enjoyed the parallel stories and reading about Adele's life as Kelsey is trying to discover the truth about it as well.  There was just the right amount of romance and suspense here.  An engaging, easy read.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can learn more about Mindy and John Clark here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

3 comments:

  1. I'm glad this exceeded your expectations!

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  2. I've heard good things about this novel. Loved Mindy's "Tulip" series. So cute. =)

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  3. It seems like I've read one or two somewhat lukewarm reviews of this one, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it since it is on my TBR pile.

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