Welcome to a new "Fun Treat Friday!"
Today I'll be reviewing the first novel in the "Davenport House" series.
If you haven't checked it out already, Marie Silk - Author of "Davenport House" was here for a "Trendy Tuesday: Author Interview" ! Be sure to stop be check that out HERE.
Title: Davenport House
Author: Marie Silk
Genre: Historical Mystery
Davenport House is the first book in a family saga that follows the wealthy Davenport family and their servants in 1915 America.
Mary Davenport is a 22-year-old idealist who worries that the world in the Progressive Era is leaving her behind. She lives isolated in the Pennsylvania countryside with her affluent and secretive family. When her father dies suddenly, Mary becomes pained with grief and increasingly suspicious of those around her.
A humble servant girl has the chance of a lifetime to become a lady's companion. Costly dresses, exquisite rooms, and fine dinners are pleasant distractions from what is really happening in the house.
If you'd like more information about Marie and the Davenport Saga - please be sure to check her out here at these links!
I first have to say how impressed I am by the beauty of Marie Silk's cover for "Davenport House." I can just imagine this novel sitting in the front of book stores, alluring to anyone who stops by to take a gander of what it might be about!
It's been a long time since I've read a mystery novel - and one set in a different era. I was sent back to my high school days when in theater club we would act out "Clue" and everyone had to figure out "Who did it."
Davenport House is a the first novel in a series ; a mystery novel that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat, all the way to the last page. There were a few things that felt a bit forced in the novel - a bit of the dialogue and a few of the descriptions (but only because there was so much for the author to share with us - the readers!) But don't let that stop you from giving Davenport House a chance!
Mary, the main character of the novel loses her father - which ultimately caused me to feel a connection to her myself - with my own loss of my father (quite suddenly too.) I felt as though I understood Mary's grief - there is nothing quite like joining the community of "daughters who have lost their fathers." As the story continues, Mary also endures betrayals, and a series of other things that would have only caused me to be emotionally drained if I were in her shoes. But Mary continues on - fights on. (Mary is a strong heroine in this novel - you'll be rooting for her the entire length of the novel!) While, by the end of the novel I felt "I knew this was going to happen!" I still enjoyed reading the novel and going through each page with Mary and the other characters.
I felt more like maybe I could be the next Sherlock Holmes after all that handy work! ;)
Davenport House is full of fantastic settings, memorable and strongly-built characters - all with fantastic ranges of emotional relatability. I felt everything was true to the historical era and I was left wanting to read more. I can't wait to see how the series continues and what else might happen to Mary, her friends and her family.
I highly recommend Davenport House! I mean, really - just look at that beautiful cover!
I promise, it's a decision you'll never regret!
Thanks Marie for the chance to read your novel!
Be sure to check out the series and Marie in the links provided at the beginning of this review!
Until next time... Have a Great Weekend!