Friday, April 13, 2012

In Honor of Titanic

Title:  Echoes of the Titanic
Author:  Mindy Starns Clark & John Campbell Clark
Pages:  400
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
Year:  2012
Note:  A complimentary copy was graciously by the author.

                So much happens in a day that to remember an event in the past, unless one is a student of history or events, is hard to recall for most people.  While I didn’t realize it, this year is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  It was some time back when I was reading about the Titanic that I realized there still was much I didn’t know.  While this book is a work of fiction, characters and all, the event really did occur.  Most forget the names of those who perished or their age.  Most know that it struck an iceberg.  Yet, here we are 100 years later and still many are seeking to understand and know more about the Titanic.
                Some may be familiar with the writings of Mindy Starns Clark in the Amish fiction genre and other books.  For me, this was the first time reading one of her books.  What a way to start!  There is a mystery written in this novel of seeking to find the true identity of a woman who has been gone for some years.  Her fortune and legacy still live on, but there is an undercurrent coming from an unknown source that seeks to cause it all to come to an abrupt halt.  Kelsey is the name of the character who is a descendant of Adele Tate, one of the survivors of the Titanic who comes to America and helps others build their dreams.  Kelsey is said to have the same ability and touch as her great-grandmother Adele.  Involved in the family business of finance, Kelsey soon becomes embroiled in more than finance.
                Before launching on the Titanic, Adele wants to make an investment with money she has saved.  Her choice, though called into question by a man sent to escort her to America by her father, is made by her uncle for her by investing in wireless technology.  While on board the Titanic, Adele and her uncle are shown what other passengers never saw----the wireless being used on the Titanic!  It is an immense piece of equipment that takes up more room and uses more than one person to operate; Adele though believes it is the future.  She purchases 10 bonds in the stock of the Wireless Company, and 100 years later they are due to expire.  Where they are kept no one knows!
                On top of this, the Tate Company is going through an outside hostile takeover while trying to figure out who is working on the inside to bring the takeover to reality.  Not only that, many of the characters in this work of fiction seem to know more than Kelsey herself.  Unbeknownst to her, she is being used as pawn by those whom she believes have her best interests at heart.  With time running out there is much speculation as to the location of the missing bonds. 
                The novel takes many twists and turns to keep the reader not just reading, but on edge until the conclusion of the mystery.  There is more than one mystery here, and doubts about who really is Adele Tate.  Mystery, intrigue, relationships, murder, suspicions, and more abound in this novel that is breathtaking.  The novel is written with flashbacks used to help the reader not only understand the story, but also to perhaps figure out the truth.  The reader reads a journal entry written from long ago, and then is brought to the present day.  This is done throughout the novel.
                Sometimes novels have a way of igniting the reader’s imagination, and this one is tops for accomplishing just that.  You might find that after reading this novel you too will become a Titanic buff just like one of the authors.  Echoes of the Titanic gets a 5-star rating from me.  May you become as enthralled in the story as I was and am in the real Titanic stories that abound today.