This is a beautifully written novel! So, why did it take me like a month to read it? I have no idea but, every time I picked it up, I enjoyed it. Guess it was just me.
It's 1920. Mabel and Jack are a middle-aged couple who have escaped to Alaska after the death of their stillborn child. They are trying to make a go of farming and trying to get used to the idea of not having children.
Then, out of the blue, they spy a small child in the woods. They befriend her and help her out but she is elusive and only visits them in the winter.
No one believes she even exists.
Rich in descriptions of the bleak Alaskan wilderness and full of deft characterizations, this is a wonderful read.
Then I read this one in two days! Not as beautifully written but the action is nonstop and the characters are believable.
Libby Denbe, her husband, and their fifteen-year-old daughter are kidnapped. It's Tessa Leoni's job to find them and bring them home alive. But the more Tessa looks into the circumstances and personal lives of the Denbes, the more mystified she is by the case.
All in all, a very satisfying read.