Not Yet Drown’d by Peg Kingman; page count 428
This book follows the life of a newly widowed step mother, Catherine MacDonald. She lost her twin brother, Alexander a year ago and her husband more recently. She has been entrusted with the care of her step-daughter, Grace, whom Catherine has raised. She receives a mysterious package from her lost brother containing silk, tea and a manuscript of bagpipe music. The enigmatic package begins her thinking that her brother did not die in a flood in India after all. When Grace’s American aunt comes to take Grace back to America, both Grace and Catherine set out on a journey to ensure Grace will remain with Catherine. Their journey takes them first from Edinburgh to Antwerp and then beyond.
Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of this particular title. Granted, if a book is truly terrible, I just won’t finish it, and I made it all the way through this book. However, about half of the way through I only persisted because I wanted to see how it ended and less because it was actually holding my attention. (Some people would say that means the book was good. I disagree.) The problem was I never became invested in the characters. Coming from someone who gets too emotionally invested in a webcomic (which is fantastic by the way,) that’s not a good sign.