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Good Romantic Tale with Pseudo Intrigue
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2013
A good story that provides romance, intrigue and some psychological influences, Rachel is positioned as a woman who works temporary jobs and is en route to a job interview when she stops to visit with her brother. Unfortunately, her brother is nowhere to be found and no one seems able to know his whereabouts, though Rachel does find hints that he was at Wynnedower, the location where he is supposed to be working. The mansion is in disrepair, and as Rachel investigates, she is startled by a man that appears out of nowhere: Jack Wynnedower, the owner of the mansion. For the next weeks, as her interview is post poned and she continues to seek her brother, she is invited to remain at the home and work first informally on an inventory of furniture and belongings that have all been moved to the attic with Jack refusing to allow them to be returned to their original locations within the home. Mysterious sounds, intruders and people appearing that shouldn't be there, people not appearing that should be there, and rumors of a hidden treasure that Jack believes is long gone all work together to create a story that follows a traditional story line that, except for the use of cell phones, could be timeless since it could probably have been set in almost any historical era of the late 20th century.
A good story, the characters could have been better developed and the writing more polished. It was a challenge to identify with any of the characters because the descriptions were largely superficial. At times, the passages were absolutely fascinating, and many other times, the passages were less than interesting. While the story was good and the plot well thought out, the characters and writing style could probably have benefitted from a bit more time in the editing and revision stages in order for the reader to feel a bit more invested in the story and in the characters.