The Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
The Book Blurb:
Having grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth-century London, Mary Fletcher is used to fighting to survive. So when her beloved mother—abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family—suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong. With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother’s suffering: Christopher Bloodworth.
To seek revenge, Mary infiltrates her grandfather’s privileged world, hoping to sabotage his business from the inside. But as she sets her plot in motion, she meets Matthew Harrington, a virtuous man who is struggling to recover from a family scandal of his own. As their friendship grows, and Mary begins to piece together the motives that led her family to turn its back, she is forced to make a decision: Should she risk everything in the name of justice? Or can she look toward the future and let love and forgiveness guide her instead?
Even with it being a cliffhanger, there was a good storyline and a lot of potential for future action and adventure. The language was a bit more mainstream that I expected as this was categorized as a clean a wholesome book. I liked the characters, there is enough anger in Mary, to keep it interesting.
I can see the growth in Taylor’s writing from some of her earlier books. She has potential, I just believe she needs to stay clear on what she is producing. Having many, what I would call, really strong curse words in what is being called a clean and wholesome book could be a mistake. Maybe she needs to not be so prolific and get more in-depth with the characters, taking them to a higher level so that we connect with them more as a reader. The bones were there, they just needed more flesh on them.
As stated, it does end in a very obvious and stark cliffhanger, lucky for me, I have also been given book two to read. I was provided this book in exchange for an honest review. I am curious to see the growth of this writer.
Where to Find The Journey’s Crossroad Book 1:
The Journey’s Crossroad is available on Kindle, Nook, and in Paperback by clicking the following links.