The Writing Masterby Kitty Burns Florey
The Writing Master, a work of historical fiction set in 1856 in New Haven, Connecticut, is about Charles Cooper, a penman-teacher of handwriting-who is attempting to come to terms with his tragic past, and Lily Prescott, an unconventional woman with her own troubled story. When a brutal murder takes place just outside the city, Charles becomes involved in its solution.
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This book was a very enjoyable read for several reasons. The characters were developed with a keen awareness and appreciation for the influence of an early nineteenth century New England lifestyle and environment. The characters were fashioned superbly with much care given to details that made life in New Hartford in that period come alive for for me. The ending was not one of the few that I had predicted, making it a great read from beginning to end.
I enjoyed the story and felt I got to know the characters, but some 'facts' seemed anachronistic. I'm not sure women in the mid-1800's would have been quite as bold as the leading character. Also the ending was a bit disappointing, especially considering how compelling the rest of the book had been.
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