This is a time-slip novel where past and present are woven together to tell the story. Jillian’s occupation as a genealogist is a perfect back drop to the plot and the mystery that weaves her life with that of Lynelle a single woman traveling to Denver on her own in 1909.
Each time I came to the time sequence in 1909, I was captivated. I longed to know what was happening in Lynelle’s father’s business to place a woman traveling by herself for such a long distance. I enjoyed meeting the characters on the train. I enjoyed reading the correspondence from Pinkerton’s Investigation. Toward the end when we realize not everyone is who they say they are, I couldn’t put the book down.
The present timeframe of the story dragged and while I enjoyed the beautiful father-daughter relationship, I found this part of the story did not keep me engaged. Most of this storyline revolves around Nolan preparing a dinner for 200 people but did not advance the story forward. I kept reading because I thought we’d see Jillian’s investigation unfold with her.
When she travels to the property and meets Drew, he becomes more involved in helping her father cook rather than helping her solve the mystery of his family. This happens quite a way into the story. Drew seems to take a backseat in the investigation into why his Great Aunt Min is so guarded. I would not say a romance develops between Jillian and Drew but rather an attraction. Mostly, because Drew is so much like Nolan, Jillian’s father who she adores.
Ms. Newport’s writing is fresh and enjoyable, her characters are kind and good people. While this is a third book in a series, it can stand alone. This is the first time I’ve read a book by Olivia Newport and I’d like to read one of her other stories. As I do love a good time slip novel.
I received an advanced reader copy from Barbour Publishing and Net Galley for an honest review.