About the Book
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Author: Patty Dickson Pieczka
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 292
ISBN: 978-1530797974 & 1530797977
Imprint: White Stag
Synopsis: When Julia Dulac's father is murdered onstage and her inheritance is swindled away, she must work through her grief and fear of poverty to find both the killer and a means of survival with help from the Raven, a black crystal that reveals images of past and future truths. While having the crystal appraised, Julia finds love and her life takes unexpected turns through mystery and betrayal against the backdrop of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.
Through the boarding house window, Julia overhears an argument between Rose and her wealthy father over Rose's illegitimate pregnancy. He drops Rose off, saying he will return in one year, that she must be either single and childless or respectably married. Though from completely different backgrounds, Julia and Rose become fast friends, facing lessons of survival and redemption as their fates become irrevocably entwined.
Julia is devastated at the loss of her father and even more devastated when she learns she must give up the home he built for her. Left with virtually nothing Julia seeks refuge at a boarding house in St. Louis.
Rose also ends up at the same boarding house when her father learns she is pregnant out of wedlock. Fearing her pregnancy will ruin is reputation as a wealthy businessman and member of high society he forces Rose to leave until her "problem" is dealt with.
The two young women become close friends and rely heavily on one another during this trying time in their lives. Rose and Julia endure and overcome so much just to survive.
Finding the Raven is a captivating novel, that had me glued to the pages as I became completely enveloped in the lives of Julia and Rose. The rich detail brings the historic setting to life and I felt as though I was experiencing events of 1904 right along with the characters. The story is well penned and the characters are compelling, creating an all around enjoyable read.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
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