Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (September 20, 2016)
Publication Date: September 20, 2016 Sold by: Macmillan
ASIN: B01CCWKXEG Rating 4*
Petra Stevenson absolutely adored her grandfather, Jim. They were as close could be and Petra believed that she knew everything about him. Attending a class Petra was enraged when a guest speaker at the college named Hall, begins a campaign to besmirch her grandfather’s memory. Then to top off a pretty rotten day, Petra found an old photograph among her grandfather’s things that showed a much younger Jim and a man and woman she could not recognize. Written on the back of the photo in Jim’s handwriting were the words, “Forgive me.”
Petra is determined to access the rest of her grandfather’s journals and personal papers, but gets stonewalled by the biographer Hall, and by her estranged father. Hall claims to have scandalous information about Jim that will make the biography he is writing a bestseller; he just needs a little bit more of the back history. Furious with her father who will not budge when it comes to preventing Hall from accessing anything he wants Petra needs the information Hall has to discover what Jim’s secret shame and pain is all about and steals back the information Hall stole from HER. Thus begins Petra’s journey to uncover her grandfather’s shame.
I will say up front that this was a good read but with author Laura Madaleine going back and forth, and between present day with Petra and back in 1800s France where “Jim’s shame” is uncovered through the two star-crossed lovers story of Gui and Jeanne. I got very confused, well not so much confused but for me the back and forth was not a comforting way to read. The end did leave me somewhat choked up but the style of writing was simply not my cuppa.