The Illusionist’s Apprentice
Fairytales can take many forms. This one takes the form of an historical cozy mystery set in the years following the First World War. But also woven between its pages are flashbacks to Wren Lockhart’s troubled childhood and her adventurous teen years. Along the way we meet Harry Houdini and we get to make brief visits to the Palace of Versailles in France. We also get a glimpse of the classical collection of tales found in W. Jenkyn Thomas’ “The Welsh Fairy Book”.
Wren Lockhart watched her mother die and always blamed herself for not preventing her sister’s causing the death. It would take 30 years for her to discover the truth and to find the freedom to forgive herself and learn to love and trust another person, while a variety of vile characters would try to destroy her life and heart along the way.
The book was part cozy mystery, part history (I enjoyed the author’s note at the end of the book), and part adventure. The hint of faith and romance add value to the book for many readers.
For the reader looking for a fairytale wrapped in modern colors, this book might just fill the bill.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.