Happy Easter :D Wishing you all an eggcellent holiday!
Totally unrelated to books, but this new addition to our fam is too cute not to share! This is Baloo, a 9 week old Husky/German Shepherd mix. Our 1yr old pup Levy is totally smitten with him already. It has been a fun mix of playing hard and napping hard the past few days.
If you want a mindless, name-dropping, romp through 1880's New York City, this book is perfect. If you want something to whittle away the hours while watching the snow fall, this book is perfect. Will this book get you through the two days you are stuck indoors with your children while they temperatures drop to a feels like of -65 degree, no. For that you need wine. Lots of wine. And a book with substance.
Fortunately for me, I have dozens and dozens of books to get me through the next two days. My wine supply? Well, I might need some higher being interference.
Anyway, this book wasn't awful but it really wasn't great. The mystery gets lost in all of the names. The author clearly wants to impress the reader with his knowledge of America's new status as an industrial powerhouse. We are quickly introduced to people like J.P. Morgan, Thomas Edison, and Nicola Tesla. Somewhere in the middle of all the squabblings of the smart and the rich, there's a mystery where Miss Mary Handley has to prove she's just as good as the men. Mary does all of the things you would expect from a heroine trying to break down gender barriers. However, I will admit to be a little surprised by the mystery's outcome
Will I give the next book in the series a try? Probably. Only because it seems I'm going to have time on my hands. I'm also curious to see how many other names the author can drop into 300 pages.
I'm starting to wonder if this is a novel or just a who's who of 1880's New York City. So far we've met Edison, Tesla, J.P. Morgan, and the Pemberton's. I've heard about electricity, wine with cocaine, and pop (Soda from those of you outside of Minnesota who use the wrong word.) At this point there's more commercials than the Super Bowl.
Part of me wants to take the time to do the research to figure out if all of these people were actually in New York for the blizzard of '88. The other part of me wants to keep reading and see if Mary actually gets to solve a mystery or not.
Well I didn't get much reading done so I'm not even halfway through. Boo.
The whole scene where they kept riding the elevator while making out and then had to be kicked out by the security guard was pretty ridiculous.
And you know what I just realized? Really not much plot has happened so far, except for Keira not getting much information on her pendant except that it couldn't be dated and there may be a similar object in existence and Keira finally meeting up with Adrian so the two threads of the story are woven together.