Blurb from back of the book: Kadence Reynold’s favorite pastime is exploring old ghost towns, but when she and her sister, Maysha, stumble across an old journal and cheap pendant hidden in the depths of a crumbling foundation near Eureka, Utah, their world is suddenly turned upside down. Immediately, strange dreams and premonitions begin to haunt “Kadie” as she learns more about the author of the journal, Charlotte Clark. Kadie sets out on a journey to learn more about Charlotte and her family, and she and Maysha travel to Bremerton, Washington, where they discover Charlotte's still living twin sister, Adelaide and her family.
Kadie and Maysha, upon arriving in Washington, are immediately immersed in Adelaide and Charlotte’s story. Kadie soon learns that Charlotte disappeared the night of a tragic fire that took the lives of Adelaide’s entire family. With the help of Logan Mathews, Adelaide’s handsome grandson, and Charlotte’s ever disconcerting presence, Kadie delves into the past. Hoping to solve the mystery of Charlotte’s disappearance, Kadie immediately discovers the secrets contained in the journal will toss her and Adelaide’s family into a world filled with mystery, past regrets, and dark unknowns.
My Review: Kadie is having a blast on her summer break from teaching school. She's studying Utah ghost towns for her class she teaches on Utah history. For her this means she gets to spend lots of time in ghost towns, but for her sister, Maysha, this means getting dragged around to yet another boring old place. Maysha would far rather spend her time at the mall. While exploring an old house in Eureka, Kadie stumbles, literally, upon an old coffee can with a diary in it. The diary was written by a girl named Charlotte who had a twin named Adelaide. The book was perfectly preserved, and Kadie is amazed when she comes across an old picture of the twin girls that was taken about the same time the diary was written. Kadie wonders if either of the girls is still alive and discovers on the internet that Charlotte died right after the diary ended, but Adelaide is still alive and living in Washington. When she's unable to find a phone number, Kadie and Maysha decide to make an impromptu trip to see her and give her what they know will be a priceless heirloom to her. And the fact that Kadie gets to dodge a lunch with her future mother-in-law that she just knows hates her is also a big plus! But this impromptu trip will bring danger and maybe even death to the two sisters and Charlotte's remaining family.
This book was amazing! I was hooked from the very beginning, in fact I didn't want to put it down and read it really quickly. There is plenty of action, and adventure and of course a little romance thrown in. I loved Kadie's character. She is girl after my own heart. I love to find out things in history about people and why the lived the way they did just like her. I loved the bit of romance that was thrown in, I thought it was a perfect amount to balance out the danger and tension of the rest of the story.
About the author: Mandi Tucker Slack grew up in Orangeville, UT, where her father worked as a coal miner for eighteen years. In 1987 the coal mines shut down for a time and her father joined the U.S. Army. They were stationed in Hanau, Germany, and she had the opportunity to explore Europe. Mandi’s family returned to Utah in 1992, and they settled in Orangeville once again, where she attended and completed High School. She then attended the College of Eastern Utah, where she studied Geology. Eventually Mandi changed her major and moved on to Utah State University while she completed a degree in Special Education. She then married her best friend, Charles Slack. They have three children, with one on the way, 6 chickens, and a lizard (sometimes several lizards).Their family loves to spend time together. They enjoy 4-wheeling, camping, and especially rock hounding. Her house is littered with rocks and fossils. As a child Mandi spent many weekends with her parents and sister exploring abandoned mining towns and searching for relics among the brick ruins. Her adventures with her family are often the inspiration for her stories. Mandi is also the author of romantic/ suspense title, The Alias, available at a bookstore near you.
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