I am so Glad to have my friend & fellow blogger Rashmi as a Guest Blogger at ItsArpitasLife again! I completely loved the post she wrote the last time she was here & could not wait to have her back again! I was completely overjoyed when she accepted my Invitation for a Book Review this time, right in time before the holidays so that you can pick this book up as a Christmas gift for that book loving friend of yours! Now over to you, Rashmi!!
Book : Three Empty Frames
Series : The Bucks County Novels
Author : Dr Margaret Sorick
My Rating : 4.5 of 5 Stars.
Dr. Margaret Sorick or Dr. Meg as we all know her, authored this book which is the first of ‘The Bucks County Series’. Dr. Meg is a dear friend and an amazing writer who I look up to almost as a mentor. However, I can assure you that our friendship has not been a bias to this review!
Three Empty Frames is a Mystery/Thriller that grips the reader from the word go. The characters are well developed & feel like the people who we know from our own lives.The plot line is very well thought out & the reader will be left guessing until the very end when all is revealed. What I find interesting in the book is how the author managed to weave romance , personal turmoil & relationship crisis into a plot that primarily revolves around solving a mystery. The author wastes no time in introducing the lead characters & the mystery , which I feel is very important in Mystery novels, if one wishes to seize the attention of the readers.
The Protagonist Jennifer Dunne is a beautiful young lady who has just lost her mother. Although they did not share a close relationship, Jen agrees to sort through her mothers belongings only to help her father with whom she is very close. While sorting through her mothers belongings, she comes across an old journal that was written even before her parents met.
Intrigued & wishing to know more about her mother, Jen decides to read the Journal. She agrees with her fathers suggestion of selling the house, which leads her to meeting her fathers new lawyer- the young & handsome Tom Quinn.
Jen appreciates that Tom is attracted to her but does not know how to react to the attention at first, however she does find herself falling for him. When Tom offers to help Jen with the chore of sorting through stuff & donating unwanted stuff from her mothers belongings, it drives them into each others company leading the way to a romantic liaison between them.
Jen finally reads the Journal & it becomes obvious to her that her mother was never in love with her father Richard, but was madly in love with someone named Michael & was in contact with him upto her marriage to Richard. Jen begins to comprehend her mothers indifference to her & the reason for the nature of their relationship. in her Journal, her mother has also written about a person she was afraid of, & refers to him as KH, along with a reference to the famous art heist in a museum she used to work for.
Jen is puzzled by the reference to the art heist & decides to solve the mystery in her mothers journal when terrifying things begin to happen in her life & her fathers. Soon the police & the FBI are involved & all suspicions point towards the possibility of her mothers involvement in a multi million dollar art theft that happened back in the 1960’s.
As the mystery proceeds, Jen begins to fall in love with Tom but is confused of her true feelings & she cannot point in which direction they lay.
There are many question Jen must find answers to like:
Did Jen ever know her mother? Was her father aware of her mothers secrets? Who were Michael & KH & how is her mother connected to the art heist? What does she feel towards Tom & the attractive Businessman Alexi who is trying to sweep her off her feet? Can she ever truly trust anyone after what she has discovered about her own mother?
It is definitely an intriguing & intricate book that keeps the reader guessing till the end. I highly recommend this book if you love a good mystery. This book will certainly not disappoint you.
Rashmi is a single mom with a zest for life! The experience she has gained from her life’s journey & her work as a Women’s empowerment & child rights advocate led her to blogging.Now top it off with her love for writing & you have her blog ‘Mind & Life Matters’. To know more about Rashmi & her work, head over to her blog. You can connect with her on Twitter & Facebook too!