School Library Journal
August A. Imholtz, Jr. is a longtime member of the Lewis Carroll Society, the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and the Japanese and Canadian Carroll societies. He is the author of numerous articles and works on Lewis Carroll and is a former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. He has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for more than thirty years and formerly worked for the privately owned Congressional Information Service. As of 2004 he is vice president of Readex Digital, an organization specializing in the digitization of large collections of Congressional and other historical collections of Americana.
Alison Tannenbaum is a member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and a contributor to the Society newsletter, "The Knight Letter." She worked as a neuro-biologist for 40 years and is a landscape designer.
An orphan is abandoned, robbed, and kidnapped in a Victorian melodrama from Wallace (The Twin in the Tavern, 1993, etc.), a specialist in the genre.
When motherless Amelia's father is reportedly killed while abroad, she is forced to leave London to sail to America with her forbidding Aunt Charlotte. Upon arriving in New York, Amelia is beset by troubles and seeks help from the only person she knows, Primrose, a child singer she met on the ship. This is good entertainment, with all of melodrama's blandishments: an innocent orphan facing a fate worse than death, dastardly villains, conniving relatives, family fortunesit's all here. So are the weaknesses of the genre: absurd coincidences, too-ample exposition at the climax, terribly tidy conclusions. Those who know what to expect will find this a lightweight but exciting page-turner, a good read for a rainy afternoon, that ultimately satisfies.