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A PLACE OF SECRETS

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A Place of Secrets is a fascinating read combining history, science, mystery and family drama. A central mystery branches out into several smaller ones and will keep you hooked from the first page. Although everything ties up a little too neatly in the end, the journey is gripping and has some incredibly charming moments. This is the British author’s first book to be published in the United States. Here’s hoping there are many more to come.

Auction house appraiser Jude is excited when she receives an assignment to price journals and scientific instruments that belonged to an 18th-century astronomer in her grandmother’s hometown. She discovers a mystery whose tendrils weave through the centuries up to the current day, and now has ties to her own family and the townsfolk she’s befriended. Meanwhile, Jude is also working through still-unresolved feelings for her deceased husband and a tumultuous relationship with her sister. (HENRY HOLT, Feb., 400 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Leah Hansen