One Came Home
by Amy Timberlake
Summary: When her sister goes missing and a body turns up in her sister's favorite dress, Georgie is not convinced. She is certain that Agatha is alive and sets out on a journey to find her. Although she is determined and quite a sharp shooter, Georgie is not prepared for all that awaits her on the Western frontier.
Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this novel. Author Amy Timberlake's expert writing builds a loveable, plucky heroine in Georgie and sends her on an unexpected adventure that is suspenseful, humorous, and moving. The lyrical writing is to be savored; here's an example:
Ma's grief, in particular, wore on me like sandpaper. She dragged her sorrow room to room, and I found out that viciousness nested inside me. When I saw receipts left in the till, or noted that Ma had forgotten to mark down a sale, I mentioned it. I become a fault-finding expert; bins missing their lids, eggs gone bad, a customer unattended, a boy in a fancy blue serge suit with a fist in the penny candy. I knew I shouldn't do it, but the part of me that was unredeemed spoke.
I just love that ... "the part of me that was unredeemed spoke." What a lovely way to describe the ugliness that lives within us. I highlighted many expertly penned passages throughout this engaging mystery novel.
Read One Came Home if you ...
- enjoyed True Grit
- are a fan of historical fiction
- like feisty heroines
- enjoy suspenseful mysteries
- appreciate fine writing and outstanding word choice