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Josephine Is Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
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In Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.
What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?
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In My Opinion
In an effort to save her father, Josephine Clayton (Josie Clay) takes a position at a factory. Braham Taylor, the factory foreman, prides himself in gauging the characters of the people he hires. Yet, his newest employee is a mixture of challenge and mystery as well as strength and vulnerability.
As Josie (unsuccessfully) tries to blend in and play her part in a conspiracy, mysterious accidents are occurring within the factory walls.
I thoroughly enjoyed the romance in The Yellow Lantern. The slow build between Josie and Braham from distrust to admiration and the swinging pendulum between the two created some intense moments as well as some sweet ones. And the peek into the life of mill workers was interesting.
There were also a few challenges with this book. The number of characters is overwhelming at times and keeping track of who is who requires some brainpower. The sabotage of the factory equipment could have been fleshed out more, and the grave digging aspect was fairly disjointed throughout the book (at least until the end).
All that said, I know this is the first suspense Angie Dicken has written, so it’s a decent first attempt at the genre. Plus, I’m a fan of romantic suspense that’s heavy on the romance and definitely appreciated that aspect of this book.
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