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!
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.