Sunday, January 1, 2023

The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken

In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village — especially the doctor she has assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.

After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. They strike a deal — Josephine will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission — posing as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.

At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel? 

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published July 15th 2019
 by Barbour Publishing
3/5 stars

This is book 3 in the True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime Series.  And no they do not need to be read in order, each is a stand alone.  I have read a number of them and all have left a mark on me in terms of horrific events not talked about much (at least in my circles).

The Yellow Lantern is the story of Josephine and her journey back from the dead, its her role in a ring of body snatchers with her dad as a pawn.

I started this one a couple of times, 3rd time is the charm I suppose.  The historical aspect was interesting enough, I've heard of grave robbers but to be honest this book was more about girls working the cotton mill and Josephine's relationship with those around her.  The other books that I've read in this series were a bit more gritty and captivating.

I'll continue with this series as I find myself learning snippets of history I was unfamiliar with.

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