The Steady Running of the Hour [NOOK Book]

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A QUEST NOVEL and a historical tour de force, The Steady Running of the Hour unravels a tale of passion, legacy, and courage reaching across the twentieth century.

In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson—whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley’s ...
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Overview

A QUEST NOVEL and a historical tour de force, The Steady Running of the Hour unravels a tale of passion, legacy, and courage reaching across the twentieth century.

In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson—whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley’s solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed.

Nearly eighty years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate’s rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen’s descendant, the inheritance will be his. But with only weeks before Ashley’s trust expires, Tristan must hurry to find the evidence he needs.

From London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan races to piece together the story behind the unclaimed riches: a reckless love affair pursued only days before Ashley’s deployment to the Western Front; a desperate trench battle fought by soldiers whose hope is survival rather than victory; an expedition to the uncharted heights of the world’s tallest mountain. Following a trail of evidence that stretches to the far edge of Europe, Tristan becomes consumed by Ashley and Imogen’s story. But as he draws close to the truth, Tristan realizes he may be seeking something more than an unclaimed fortune.

The Steady Running of the Hour announces the arrival of a stunningly talented author. Justin Go’s novel is heartrending, transporting, and utterly compelling.
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Sometimes one letter can change a life. In the case of recent college graduate Tristan Campbell, it was a formal note from a London solicitor who informed him that he might be the heir to an affluent mountain-climber's fortune, the operative words of course being "might be." To prove his claim, the young American travels widely, searching for evidence, but also piecing together the romantic life of this man who died before he was born. As the thread goes deeper, he finds him entangled in a new history of his own. Part adventure story; part World War I epic; part love story: The Steady Running of the Hour shows how parallel lines sometimes cross.

Library Journal
01/01/2014
The year is 2004, and 23-year-old Tristan Campbell stands to inherit a multimillion-dollar fortune if he can discreetly prove in seven weeks' time his grandmother's maternal relationship to his alleged greatgrandmother, the sister of his known great-grandmother, Eleanor Soames-Andersson, an artist. With less than $2,000 to his name, Tristan begins his pursuit to unlock the mysteries behind his genealogy in San Francisco, then moves on to London and later to France, Germany, and Iceland. Captivatingly told, the stories of past and present alternate with each chapter, as Tristan discovers the brief but intense love affair between Ashley Walsingham and Imogen Soames-Andersson, begun in 1916. VERDICT Gifted storyteller Go captures a period feel in the backstory through his narratives and uses dialog to reveal his characters' place among the affluent, while Tristan's contemporary story line profiles a young man making do with what he has and driven to unravel the truth behind his family's past. This story is a page-turner and an impressive first work, sure to be appreciated by fans of historical and travel fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/22/13.]—Shirley Quan, Orange Cty. P.L., Santa Ana, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476704609
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 65,503
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Justin Go attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a BA in history and art history. He also holds an MA in English from University College London. He has lived in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York City, and Berlin. He is currently at work on his second novel.
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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    Great Read With Major Flaws.

    Great Read With Major Flaws. This novel is frustrating experience but one I will probably advise readers to take. I admit this hooked me in almost immediately as it is, at its base, beautifully written with a very engrossing plot. Two stories run parallel to each other; the first takes place during and after WWI where Imogen and Ashley engage in a passionate love affair in one week. The other is a present day (well 2004) story of Tristan, the young man who might be the great-grandson of that affair and might be the heir of Ashley's multi-million dollar fortune. What results is the back/forth telling of both stories, moving in and out time periods, with Tristan running around the world trying to prove he is the rightful heir. Now, for a good chunk of the novel, this is incredibly engaging; although, I found the WWI story FAR more interesting. While the lovers behave very stupidly thru most of this affair and Ashley ends up torturing himself on a Mt. Everest attempt, readers can become invested in what happens to them. Less so with 21st century's Tristan looking for treasure. He is never given enough a personality to really engage me and his own love affair with a Parisian girl is just flat. I could never see why we should be invested in it, other than to keep the parallel stories running. But for me--the biggest problem is the ending. I have reread whole sections and the last chapters multiple times and I am still not sure what I'm supposed to know or what, exactly, has happened in EITHER story. I nearly threw the book across the room--but multiple reviews on Amazon express the same frustration so I guess it's not just me. I wanted to LOVE this book and I was ready to--but the loose ends and questionable ending killed that. And while many other readers found the chapters about Ashley's assault on Everest to be riveting--I didn't. I thought it went on way too long. But despite all that, readers who love a WWI backdrop and suspense with their romance, should look at this. Just be prepared to not have all your questions addressed--or if you do--post it somewhere so the rest of us can find out!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

    Oh thank goodness I'm not the only one!  I was so prepared to gi

    Oh thank goodness I'm not the only one!  I was so prepared to give this a 5 star review until I got to the end.  Like Irishclairekg, I thought there were a few spots that dragged here and there including the Everest chapters and I thought Mirielle to be a bit needy and that whole relationship, like she said, a bit difficult to get invested in.  But it was the ending that left me scratching my head truly perplexed.  I went back and reread several time to try to figure out where I weni astray, only to come to the same conclusion each time, that I had no idea what indeed the author was trying to say at the end - was it a lie, was he trying to spare her the truth!?  I just hope the author clues us in eventually because this is going to drive me mad from wondering! 

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

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    When Tristan Campbell is summoned to London to visit the off





    When Tristan Campbell is summoned to London to visit the offices of Twyning & Hooper, he has no idea what to expect. He learns he is the main heir to a lost fortune, but in order to gain it, he must prove beyond doubt that he is the great-grandchild of a woman named Imogen Soames-Anderson and a World War I soldier named Ashley Walsingham. And he has only 8 weeks to prove it. That is when the terms of the will expire and the fortune will be distributed among numerous other lesser heirs. This sets him off on a journey through Europe chasing the tracks of Ashley and Imogen, discovering their story, and piecing together the seams of his past. Along the way, he finds love and learns much about life and himself and what really matters.




    Beautifully written, this novel has a very compelling plot that leaves you guessing. The story moves between Tristan’s contemporary travels and into the past more than 100 years prior. The book was absorbing and entertaining, with strong characterization and beautiful descriptions of people and places. The love stories that enfold are emotional and intriguing. The ending left me hanging and a bit frustrated, but that is what still haunts me today. It keeps me thinking about the story and the lessons behind it. A wonderful debut novel. Keep an eye out for this author – there are great promises to come. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Enjoyable read

    It kept me reading though the attitudes of the certain characters were not always clear. Enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Not Worth My Time

    This book was not worth the time I spent reading it. I found it to be slightly boring and I hated the ending. I would not recommend this book or ever read another book by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Would not recommend

    I really was not a fan of this book it was very slow but more than anything it never really grabbed me. I kept waiting to get realy interested in the story because the idea is such an interesting one but it neverhappened. There wasnt much mystery to the story and parts dragged on. The characters were boring to me and underdeveloped. The endjng was the worst though andbecause of it I would not recommend this book. Thr author is a beautiful writer but he left a lot to.be desired.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

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    An American citizen, Tristan Campbell, receives a summons to the

    An American citizen, Tristan Campbell, receives a summons to the law office of an attorney in London, England.  It involves a mysterious inheritance that must remain a secret.  The entire inheritance will be Tristan’s if he can find paper proof of his grandmother, Imogen Soames-Andersson, in only seven weeks.  It sounds like an easy job except that no one has heard of Imogen for years; indeed there is some sort of mystery about the marriage of Imogen to the once famous mountain climber, Ashley Walsingham.  So the quest begins!
    The novel moves back and forth between Tristan’s search (eighty years after the life of Ashley and Imogen) and Ashley’s experiences as a mountain climber, soldier in WWI, the lover and husband of Imogen, and then as a mountain climber again.  Tristan and Ashley could not be more different if they tried.  Tristan remains very quiet and unbelievably, solidly methodical, considering what the outcome could be.    He travels from London to Europe researching paper trails for Imogen and her sister Eleanor. The trail is fascinating as Eleanor was an artist of some talent and assumed more of a motherly role to her sister.  Imogen is mentioned here and there by name only so it is Eleanor who is the link to provide the full story of the turbulent love story of Imogen and Ashley. Tristan then goes to the places where these sisters and Ashley Walsingham actually lived.
    Ashley is truly the most powerful figure in this novel.  He is a talented, intelligent man who has a chiefly unruly and daring spark to his personality that endears him to both Imogen and his fellow mountain-climbing and military peers.  Imogen will try to make him choose between her and the war, but Ashley’s sense of patriotic duty exceeds even his deep, deep feelings for her.  One wonders what lies ahead for these star-crossed lovers who cannot live without each other.
    Justin Go’s writing talents clearly excel in the way he provides descriptions of the stark brutality of the war as well as the incessant tension present in the mountain climbing experiences of these characters, undaunted by innumerable, formidable obstacles to success.  Add to that a heightened sensitivity and perception that every character in this novel possesses and one has the perfect combination for a phenomenal read. This is historical fiction depicting a side of cultural history rarely exposed to the public.  There’s something for everyone herein, adventure to romance to mystery to warfare, et al.  Fascinating, literate fiction crafted by a talented writer!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    Quest's are full of adventure, romance, and hopefully at the end

    Quest's are full of adventure, romance, and hopefully at the end you find what you have been searching for. Tristan's quest does not
    fail to hit on the first two and for me also the third one depending on your view of whether what he did find in the end was worth what
    he had lost, for me it was so that is why I would include the third one as also being present in this novel. 

    Tristan is just a normal "joe" when he gets a letter out of the blue from a law firm in England saying that if he could contact them that
    maybe both him and the law firm could both benefit from it. Tristan is much more trusting than I would have been I would have thrown
    that letter in the trash and curse spam mail forever but luckily Tristan is trusting.

    Searching back through the past by scouring through items that have survived time Tristan is racing against the clock to prove that
    Imogen Soames-Andersson, a woman he has never heard of before is actually his great grandmother. Up until that moment Tristan
    has always assumed that Eleanor, who was Imogen's sister even though Tristan didn't know that his "supposed" great grandmother
    even had a sister, was his great grandmother but Tristan is about to find out that his family has their share of skeletons in the closet.
    So who is Tristan's real great grandfather? And what does this all have to do with him and a bunch of lawyers?

    The novel is the telling of two stories decades apart but connected to each other through blood. Ashley Walsingham dies in 1924
    attempting to climb Mt. Everest leaving behind a large fortune to a woman that he hasn't seen in years, Imogen Soames-Andersson, a
    fortune that Imogen will never claim. A connection is found that Imogen's sister Eleanor may not have given birth to her daughter
    Charlotte after all that Charlotte is actually the result of the union of Imogen and Ashley in the weeks before Ashley was to leave to fight
    in France in World War I. This letter written be Eleanor leaves little doubt that Tristan is Ashley and Imogen's great grandson and that this
    entitles him to the still unclaimed fortune. But like all good things this one comes with a deadline of two months because if Tristan
    cannot find more proof by then the 80th anniversary of his great grandfather's death will pass and the fortune will be distributed
    amongst various charities. This is where Tristan's quest really begins as he follows clues all over Europe searching for lost information
    that will be his definitive proof that Ashley and Imogen are his great grandparents but soon this search proves more important to him
    than a vast fortune. 

    As Tristan's tale unfolds so does Ashley and Imogen's story, they alternate chapters going forward to the present and back through
    time with each new chapter and each chapter is labeled with the place and date so I wasn't confused at all about where the story was,
    which can happen when you don't label the chapters for a story that goes back and forth throughout time like this one does. As Tristan
    visits certain places throughout Europe you get to enjoy the part of Imogen and Ashley's story that occurred in the same place Tristan is
    in. This I thought was one of the neatest parts of the book because it connected the past and the present with something tangible like a
    location and anyone who has visited an old battlefield or a town that long ago was ravaged by war you feel that pull from the history of
    the place that is hard to put into words to describe but that feeling is there none the less and you can imagine Tristan feeling that pull to
    find out the history of his family and the experiences that they had in these places he visits. Tristan follows every clue and in the end he
    finds what he was looking for the whole time and I will give you a clue that the pot at the end of the rainbow is not filled with gold!

    The Steady Running of the Hour has a little bit of every genre in it, you will find romance, suspense, mystery, history, and lots more
    on the pages of this book. There were some parts that I felt dragged on to long which made certain parts of this book a little dull for me
    if not for these parts this book would have been a 5-star but because of them, I gave it 4-stars.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    A brilliant story.  A quest thru the lives of people seperated b

    A brilliant story.  A quest thru the lives of people seperated by the ages.  From a love affair at the start of World War I to the present day, the story unfolds, and captures your spirit.  The young lovers caught up in the act of living and discovering that life sometimes throws curve balls that wreck our dreams.  The contemporary young man in search of clues to their life, and if their relationship is a connection to his lineage, and a possible inheritance.  Through his search he finds direction to his life, and a love that takes spark and may grow.  The complaints about the ending are understandable, but I believe the author took a bit of poeitc licence to leave us into our own search for the proper ending.  For me, the ending was just that, poetic--ending as it should.     

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