Friday, April 27, 2012

FIRST Wildcard Blog Tour | Echoes of Titanic [Review]

Echoes of Titanic
by Mindy Starns Clark and John Campbell Clark
Christian / Contemporary / Suspense
Available March 2012
Harvest House Publishers
400 pages

About the Book
Kelsey Tate comes from sturdy stock. Her great-grandmother Adele endured the sinking of Titanic and made it safely to America, where she not only survived but thrived. Generations later, Kelsey works for the firm Adele founded nearly 100 years ago.

Now facing a hostile takeover, the firm’s origins are challenged when new facts emerge about Adele’s actions on the night Titanic sank. Kelsey tries to defend the company and the great-grandmother she has long admired, but the stakes are raised when Kelsey’s boss is murdered and her own life threatened. Forced to seek help from Cole Thornton, a man Kelsey once loved—and lost, thanks to her success-at-all-costs mentality—she pursues mysteries both past and present. Aided by Cole and strengthened by the faith she’d all but forgotten in her climb up the corporate ladder, Kelsey races the clock to defend her family legacy, her livelihood, and ultimately her life.

My Thoughts

After starting the Million Dollar Mysteries series many years ago and catching up on the last couple in recent months, I was so excited to see that Mindy and her husband John were writing a new novel Echoes of Titanic. The story centers around Kelsey Tate, whose grandmother Adele survived the sinking of the Titanic and went on to make a name for herself in the business community in New York City. When outsiders begin to make accusations that Adele is not really who she says she is, Kelsey must fight to protect her grandmother’s legacy and to save the family business.

The bulk of the story occurs in the present-day, centered on Kelsey and all of the problems affecting her company. However, chapters flashing back to Adele’s and her cousin’s journey to America on the Titanic added a rich element and I loved the details of their time on the Titanic!

The plot was incredibly intricate, giving a lot of detail and information so that readers more fully understand the in’s and out’s of investments and the problems concerning the company. While these details made for a slower start to the book, it definitely helped to know these things as the story picked up. About halfway through, things really got moving and I found myself eagerly attempting to figure out who was responsible for each of the mishaps that occurred.

The addition of Kelsey’s ex-boyfriend and family to the story balanced Kelsey out. It would have been easy to simply portray her as a workaholic, but adding these characters made her seem more like a real person.

Echoes of Titanic skillfully combines suspense, romance, and corporate espionage, resulting in a novel that kept me turning pages late into the night. Anyone who loves “legal thrillers” will enjoy Echoes of Titanic! [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House and FIRST Wildcard Blog Tours in exchange for my fair and honest review.

For more about Echoes of Titanic, get a sneak peek at the first chapter and check out my recent interview with Mindy.

About the Author
Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books (more than 450,000 copies sold), which include A Pocket Guide to Amish Life, Shadows of Lancaster County, Whispers of the Bayou, and The Amish Midwife. In addition, Mindy is a popular inspirational speaker and playwright. Visit Mindy's website for more information.

John Campbell Clark is an attorney and CPA who works in the Christian nonprofit field. Married to Mindy Starns Clark, he has served as her brainstorming partner, research facilitator, and first reader for many years. A lifelong Titanic buff, he is pleased to be coauthoring with her now. John and Mindy live with their two daughters near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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