My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Book Description: France, 1371. The old Queen of France lies on her deathbed with a secret she will take to her grave: there is one true heir to the throne, one who would have the power to ally France and Scotland. But after her death, all that will be left are a few shreds of evidence revealing the stunning identity of her successor.
Flight attendant Skye Armstrong has heard the voice of warning before, and as she’s returning home from London, she recognizes the feeling of dread that accompanies her sixth sense. Walking from the airport terminal to get to her car, she pauses in the middle of the road. Her hesitation gives a Good Samaritan the split second he needs to pull her out of the path of a speeding car, saving her life. But her misfortunes are just beginning. When she arrives home, she discovers that Auntie Marjorie has been kidnapped, and cryptic instructions have been left behind: Skye must retrieve the contents of a safe deposit box and deliver it to the captors . . . No police. Her feelings of dread return.
What Skye discovers in the bank box is baffling: a single page. The ancient document is certainly valuable, and with no time to lose, she goes to the rendezvous to discover the next step. A cell phone rings beneath a park bench. She answers the call, and on the screen is a picture of Auntie, unconscious. Now the kidnapper demands Skye find two more pages or her aunt will die.
What secrets are hidden within the illuminated pages, and who believes they are worth killing for? And what role does the Good Samaritan play in all of it?
My thoughts: This book was very interesting. It is full of history from France and Scotland. The historical characters it centers on is Robert the Bruce and Queen Jeanne D'Evreux. Not only are historical events mentioned but some of the folklore surrounding them.
Skye Armstong is a flight attendant who finds herself in the middle of a mystery when her aunt is kidnapped and she must find three pages of ancient text to free her aunt. It is a daunting task but she has the help of the attractive Scotsman who saved her life more than once in one day.
The setting is from the US to France and then to Scotland. It is a whirlwind journey with the bad guys behind them at every turn. It is hard to know who she can trust and who has her best interest at heart. Kathi Oram Peterson did a great job at hiding the identities of the bad guys. I usually figure things out before the end of the book, but she caught me by surprise with a few of them.
I love history. This book was a great mix of the past and the present coming together. The book contains a little bit of romance. The main focus is on the suspense and finding the clues to get the artifacts together. The book does contain non-graphic violence.
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