So here's a story that takes you to the 1800's. A tale of murder, mystery and romance; what could be better than that? Young Josephine Montfort, is on a mission that's not good for her reputation, her future in marriage, as well as her health! Everything she's not supposed to be doing, she goes up against, for the love of her father. Written by Jennifer Donnelly, this piece of historical fiction is full an adventure for anyone.
While stewing behind the walls of a rich girl's school, discussing kittens and future beaus, Jo wants to become a reporter, healing the world of its atrocities through words, but she's given terrible news. Her father's dead from an apparent accident, but the so-called tragedy doesn't make sense.
Jo sets out to set things right by doing what no upstanding woman ever should, she goes out at night, unattended. She walks the streets where women are selling their bodies to investigate. And she does most of this with a man who isn't the one she's to ever consider casual friendship, let alone marriage! With her chances of marrying a very handsome and caring, eligible bachelor with money out the window, Jo breaks all the rules to find out if her father's death was truly an accident or murder, "gasp!"
This was my first Donnelly novel and I loved every minute of it. Though I was given the book, I purchased the audiobook, not remembering it was on my shelf. The story was wonderfully written, allowing Donnelly to carry me away. Though difficult to relate, those times were dastardly, I found myself loving every bit of the novel, and Jo, the female heroine.
Period pieces can sometimes be extremely dull, but not with These Shallow Graves. Not one minute was wasted on blather and Victorian garble. It was direct, carefully detailed without overkill and easy to visualize while reading. Though I figured out who did what, and why, before the telling, it was such a pleasant read. You really should grab a copy, whether audio or physical. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I'm off to the next read!
These Shallow Graves
Narrated by Kim Bubbs
New Random House
September 23, 2015
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