The View from Prince Street (Alexandria #2) by Mary Ellen Taylor
Thoughts Before Reading:
So three years ago I read At the Corner of King Street and loved it. I thought it was amazing. I loved the characters, the plot, the two threads: Sarah Shire-Goodwin, Scottish immigrant settling in the new colony of Virginia; and Addie Morgan, a women trying to distance herself from her family and the disease that destroyed it.
There were family curses, witch’s bottles, recollection, and a spunky sassy historian Margaret who becomes Addie’s partner in salvaging and unraveling the mystery of the witch’s bottles. I really hoped to see more of her in the future; maybe even her own book or series?
Dr. Rae McDonald is known as having a heart of stone, an ice queen-but others believe she is trying to be a matchmaker for her clients.
Rae has a sad background. Her sister and her were in a car crash, her sister dying. After that Rae made some very bad decisions and ended up pregnant, choosing to give the baby up for adoption.
Since then she has become detached and suppresses all feelings.
Meanwhile, Addie Morgan and Margaret McCrae, from the last book, have taken over the salvaging company. Addie is also raising her niece Carrie. One day they are salvaging an area and discover another witch bottle on Rae’s property.
The book follows a second thread from the 18th century and involved the women from the previous novel and a new one.
Rae’s sister’s best friend, Lisa Smyth, also survived the car crash, but never told the whole truth about it. It turns out there is a link between her and Rae’s family.
The past and the present intertwine and all must come out for them to move forward.
Thoughts After Reading:
I didn’t like it. Rae was so boring and an ice queen. No emotion.
This book was very disappointing to me as it was a real snooze.
I enjoyed all the characters in the first book more.
For more Alexandria mysteries, go to At the Corner of King Street
For more witches, go to Rosemary’s Baby
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