by Elizabeth Camden
I've read and reviewed four other of Camden's books and really enjoyed them but this one didn't quite fill me with the same level of enjoyment. I still loved the historical value of the book and the unique setting of Sophie running her own weather station but the interpersonal relationships lacked in my opinion.
I love how Camden always gives her female characters unique and forward-thinking "jobs" in a time when men had the upper hand in any profession. So Sophie running - even as a volunteer - her own weather station was very interesting. I especially love how her love of science was passed on to little Pieter as she taught him to read the devices on the roof. She may not have had a college education but she was a teacher/scientist in a sense anyway.
This story had a hint of supernatural elements in it that I never care for in a story. The idea that the house was cursed and that the family was cursed was a little too much for me. I wouldn't have minded if it had been mentioned once but it was the overarching premise of the whole story and got to be a little too much.
I realize this wasn't marketed as a romance but I would have enjoyed a little more romance between Sophie and Quentin to make their growing friendship seem a little more realistic. It seemed to me that they went from practically enemies to kissing with no progression in feelings.
Overall it was a good story line and I enjoyed quite a few of the characters but was just hoping for a little more to keep me truly engaged throughout the book.
Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.