The Crimson Rooms

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The Crimson Rooms

The Crimson Rooms is one of those books that I think will leave one of three reactions on a reader: a) enthusiasm for it, b) possible dislike, or c) waffling a bit and maybe wondering what happened.

One of the elements that really drew me to the overall story - and that will certainly make me read Ms. McMahon's books in the future - is that events work out for the best, while not necessarily being a "happily ever after".

Another facet that I liked about the book is how Ms. McMahon shows the reality of the Gifford's situation through Evelyn's eyes as opposed to what her mother may wish it could be.

While I could go on and on about the book, a few other points that stand out for me about it are: Evelyn's pursuit of a legal profession at a time when very few women worked in the field, David Breen taking a chance on hiring Evelyn and - at times - still straying towards the accepted norm, and the uglier side of war that is glimpsed through Meredith Duffy's and Stephen Wheeler's experiences during the war.

A highly recommended read!

Book Blurb for The Crimson Rooms

From the author of the #1 international bestseller, The Rose of Sebastopol--an unforgettable historical novel.

Still haunted by the death of her brother James seven years ago in World War I, Evelyn Gifford is shocked when a young nurse named Meredith and her six-year-old son appear on her London doorstep. Meredith claims the child is James's son, and the grief-stricken Evelyn welcomes them into her home.

At the same time Evelyn, a struggling attorney, is defending a veteran charged with murdering his wife. She believes her client is innocent, just as she suspects there is more to the story of her "nephew" than meets the eye.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 5.00