This book was a Borders Book Club read and
will also count for the following challenges:
20 Books of Summer and Historical Fiction.
The only other book written by Kearsley that I have
read is The Firebird which I found to be excellent,
and it makes me want to read The Winter Sea,
her first book in the Slains series!
Honestly, I've added nearly every single one of her releases to by TBR listing!
(I actually own a couple more of hers, but have yet to read them.)
I have a special place in my heart for books that manage to alternate
between two different settings/times/storylines, successfully
interweaving them seamlessly in the end.
This book certainly does that...and so much more!
Borders Book Club members really enjoyed it,
with the exception of one who still finds
it difficult to follow alternating storylines.
But I'm sure she'll get the hang of it over time. :)
Sara is a very hard worker, 'driven' is the word I believe might best describe her work ethic. Mary is similarly a very hard worker, though their 'work' is of very different substance for each of them. Mary's is to serve as a member of a company of spies while Sara's is to unravel the various codings used to record Mary's experiences. While Mary's world expands to include situations she could never have imagined so does Sara's... Both women must be brave in their own way as they face challenges, Mary as an actor and Sara as a code/cipher breaker, but also as they each learn to trust and eventually love another. The one similarity between the two women in this respect was not to assume, but rather to allow themselves to get to know each person as an individual, regardless of their initial impression.
Kearsley better explains some aspects of Asperger's through Sara:
Sara serves as a matchmaker of sorts, insisting that Jacqi bring the author to Chatou where she is staying. She hopes to reunite Claudine and Alistair, as she now realizes Claudine truly loves the man. She also realizes her own love as Mary's final entry mirrors her own thoughts and feelings:
Upon learning of Hugh MacPherson's life experiences, Mary can only comment, as she watches him approach...
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress and the relief she felt when contacted by the real-life child of this historical character, as expressed in this follow-up posting to my review. I can appreciate the predicament for authors as they construct a fictional account of historical events. As Kearsley states,