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glass-time-michael-cox-hardcover-cover-artI found this book browsing through my library’s new books and thought I might as well give it a try. I doubted whether I’d finish it or, tell you the truth, if I’d even start it. You know how you check books out from the library and they stay on your shelf until it’s time to return them? That often happens in my house.

But not The Glass of Time.

Once I started I was pretty much hooked. It was that good. Usually when I read a long book (this one’s 583 pages)I find there are lulls in the story and my attention. Sometimes I skim or even skip ahead (I’ll confess!), but The Glass of Time had a tight grip on my attention. I didn’t want to miss anything! The slightest detail could reveal a clue into the mystery.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Glass of Time s a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady’s maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l’Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza’s own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor’s two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder.

Last week I said it reminded me of a Dicken’s novel and it still does, but even with the similarities to Dicken’s this novel stands on its own. There were twists and turns, the unexpected, and an increasing cast of characters who all play a vital role. That’s one thing I love about Dicken’s he’s all of his characters are so intricately woven into the plot that you couldn’t spare even the smallest cameo.

The Glass of Time was definitely worth the late night reading. It’s characters and mysteries kept be eager to continue reading until all was resolved. If you like a well-thought mystery then you’re likely to enjoy this novel.

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Last week was a busy week for reading. I started four books and finished three (yeah!). It was great to actually have the time to read and not fit it in around my son’s feedings (which is when I usually read). I did have a late night or two finishing upĀ  a book, but I absolutely love that feeling of letting go of the chaos and lists to just read.

Ah, refreshing.

It also helps that I enjoyed the books I read. Reviews to come soon, but here’s what I read:

The Glass of Time: A Novel, by Michael Cox

The Tail of Emily Windsnap, by Liz Kessler

The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella

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