Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

"My cousin didn't try to catch the bride's bouquet. She knew me well enough to know I wouldn't try to catch it either." Opening Sentence

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley delivers a riveting novel that deftly intertwines the tales of two women, divided by centuries and forever changed by a clash of love and fate.

For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher. Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing-for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

As Mary's gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew-about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate.

Review by Mirella Patzer

A Desperate Fortune is another winning novel by Susanna Kearsley. If you haven't read any of this author's books before, I encourage you to do so. Her novels are usual dual stories, one with a heroine in a contemporary setting, and the other in a historic setting. 

In this novel, the year is 1732. Mary Dundas is a young woman who was abandoned by her family when she was young. She has a talent for breaking ciphers, and is soon asked to assist the Jacobite king. This catapults her into a dangerous adventure where she becomes embroiled with a man called MacPherson who helps keep Mary safe on her journey.

In contemporay times, Sara Thomas has been asked to decode Mary's old diary. Sara has Asperger's Syndrome, which renders her unable to understand emotions and feelings in herself and in others. As she discovers that she is in love, Sara struggles with several relationships. 

As Sara's and Mary's stories entertwine, the reader is taken on a wonderful, insightful journey where these two heroines discover their potential, their love for their men, and their inner strength to overcome adversity. Susanna Kearsley's books never disappoint. Get your copy of this one right away. I promise you won't be disappointed.


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