I’m on a roll with the historical fiction!
Thanks to William Morrow for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
A FORGOTTEN PLACE – Charles Todd (out now!)
This is book 10 in the Bess Crawford series written by the mother/son duo under the pen name Charles Todd.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
This was my introduction to Charles Todd and Bess Crawford. While this is book 10 in the series I was able to follow along with little issue, but I do think I’ll be going back and picking up some of the earlier ones.
Bess Crawford is a wartime nurse and now that the Great War has ended she is now overseeing the care of amputees. She’s worried about their well-being, especially Captain Williams. She decides to travel to the coal mining town that these men all worked at, but to her surprise Captain Williams has left for an isolated peninsula. She follows him there hoping that he won’t take his own life like she fears, but she quickly finds herself stranded by her driver. Now Bess is trapped in a small town that isn’t welcoming to outsiders, and no one knows that she is there.
There are secrets within the town and Bess is desperately trying to find answers – meanwhile a murderer is on a spree and she finds herself in danger. Will Bess be able to solve the mystery in a town that refuses to cooperate?
I thoughts this was incredibly atmospheric and well-written. The characters are so well-developed and the authors instantly transport you to the location and time period. I want to go back and read the others to get to know Bess better – after 10 novels I’m sure there are things I’m missing out on!
If you’re looking for a great historical fiction novel with some mystery added in, then I would highly recommend picking up the Bess Crawford series!