Do you remember the first time you read Sherlock Holmes or the first time you watched Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law portray the crime-solving duo? Perhaps you binge-watched the Benedict Cumberbatch version with the nail-biting arch nemesis, Moriarty?
Either way, I’m sure you remember the first mystery you ever read. You remember the way it made your heart beat faster, your head started swimming with all the possible endings, and you turned the pages so fast you damaged a few.
These are the kinds of books I like to read around Halloween. I like to go on a journey where I become totally engrossed in a world I’ve never seen. It’s intoxicating!
I have recently discovered a new author with a knack for mysteries.
Her name is Kate Morton.
Here is a quote from Kate about writing:
I started writing because I wanted to recapture the joy of reading as a child. As soon as I learned that the black marks on white pages were doorways and that it was within my power to go through them (and the back of the wardrobe) whenever I chose to, I was hooked. I read everything that I could get my hands on and could usually be found hiding in a bough of one of the avocado trees in our garden, book in hand. I’m still chasing that feeling of complete immersion, which makes the real world disappear. There are ups and downs as a writer, but when the fictional world starts to live and breathe, there’s nothing like it.
This woman is a true talent with adorable bangs and an admiration for history. It’s like we were separated at birth. It has been a while since I connected with an author like this!
The first book I decided to read by Kate Morton was merely just a cover that caught my eye at Barnes and Noble. I never thought I would read it for 5 hours straight. It’s been a long time since a book has captured me like this. With every twist, I would come up with a new theory on “who dun it” LOL. I would think to myself, “Aha! I have it.” I decided this writer was nothing more than another two-bit mystery writer like all the others when she spun me on my head and up was down while down was up! I love when that happens! Something amazing happens when the whole story hinges on one sentence, and Morton did just that over and over again! I’m not going to even go into more detail. I wouldn’t dare do any *SPOILERS* Just read it! You won’t regret it!
The world looks so different with just a small bit of change. We usually point our fingers outward thinking we know the source of all our problems when in reality a slight shift on the inside could transform everything. I’ve personally experienced this feeling in my own life. Perhaps that’s why I related so much to this book. You can change your whole life by simply looking at it differently.
Some have criticized this book as predictable and full of convenient coincidences. However, I don’t believe there are such things as coincidences. The word “coincidence” is scattered throughout the entire book, so much so that it’s almost a joke.
Some are so pessimistic when good things happen in their lives. I know I have. We think life can’t be that wonderful, but it can.
I’ve seen it.
I’ve felt it.
I’ve watched Providence step in and change everything. Where hope was non-existent, opportunities now flourish; where doubts had flooded in, courage grows effortlessly; where loneliness overpowered, you discover friends.
I don’t think it’s an accident that one of the main characters of this book was a writer. I don’t think it was an accident that I picked this title over all of Morton’s other books. You can feel it when inspiration is hitting you.
I can feel something really amazing on the horizon. Just because I’m looking at the world in a new way.
Some of you may or may not know, I’ve decided to write a book. It’s a book about a woman who inspired me when I was writing my thesis. Her name is Nixola. She was a journalist in the late 1890s. I love her writing style, her quippy sarcasm, and her tireless search for the truth. I want to tell her story. It needs to be told and the world needs to hear it. It’s going to take some time and hard work, but it’s going to happen. I never thought I would do something like this, let alone want to, but here I am. It’s funny how things turn out, but it’s not a coincidence.