For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread-its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal's cipher.
But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal's reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn't hold the secrets Sara expects. As Mary's tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take... to find the road that will lead her safely home.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 7th, 2015
by Sourcebooks Landmark
Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite authors, her passion for history is evident with each book of hers that I have read.
A Desperate Fortune is told with alternating viewpoints, each one unique. The past is vividly portrayed and while it was interesting I found the pace way too slow. To the point that I started out reading the book but after 110 pages switched over to the audiobook. It helped a little. There are some nice author notes that talk about the real Mary Dundas, which is always a treat to read.
The present-day story actually kept my attention more so than the past. Reading about someone with Asperger opened my eyes to what they struggle with and how those around perceive them. A nice touch.
All in all, though this isn't one of my favorite Kearsley books she still will be one that I reach for when looking for timeslip historical stories.
This book was part of my 202 Reading of my Shelf Challenge (book 13).