It was supposed to be the start of a happy, new life …
1862 – a group of young Australian women set sail for matrimony in Canada.
Their presence is withheld from the male passengers and all but a select few
members of the crew. But their worlds collide when one of the gentlemen
stumbles over the women.
When one of the intended brides goes missing, only Alyssa Chalmers, the
one educated, wealthy woman in the group, is convinced the disappearance
is no accident. She sets out to find out what happened.
Has there been a murder?
Alyssa is willing to move heaven and earth to find out the truth. She is about
to discover that there is more to her voyage into the unknown than she bargained for …
I have a little confession to make. I actually had this book (‘The Case Of The Missing Bride’) on my ‘to be read’ pile but I just haven’t had the time to read it. When I was invited to take part in the blog tour for the re-release of ‘The Case Of The Missing Bride’, I thought that it was the perfect opportunity for me to read the book and share my review. Now I have finished reading ‘The Case Of The Missing Bride’, I am actually ticked off with myself that I have left it this long to read this brilliant book and to discover just how great an author Carmen is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Case Of The Missing Bride’ but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but take to Alyssa Chalmers from the first moment I met her. She is one of a group of young Australian women, who are being transported to Canada to become brides. Alyssa is slightly older than the other young ladies but her personal circumstances are just as sad as those of the other ladies. She has lost both of her parents and has nobody. What marks Alyssa out from the others, is the fact that she is well educated and she has a relatively wealthy background. Alyssa is also a sort of kick ass young woman and she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Alyssa is kind, compassionate, determined, stubborn, tenacious and she works hard. Will Alyssa solve the case? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
I made the mistake of starting to read the book without having refreshed my memory of the synopsis so it took me a little while to get into this story- mainly because I was busy trying to figure out who was who, where the ladies were going from and to and why. Once I got over that little hurdle that was it, I was away and I couldn’t read the book quick enough. I was intrigued by the character of Alyssa and I was just hoping that she would manage to solve the mystery. The more of the book I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages were turning. At one point the pages were turning that fast that it was almost as if they were turning themselves and I subsequently finished the book far quicker than I had expected or wanted to. I had been enjoying the story and the characters so much that I just wanted the book to continue.
‘The Case Of The Missing Bride’ is well written. Carmen has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. I found it easy to get used to the more old fashioned language that Carmen has used to make the story seem that bit more authentic and it worked too. Reading this book really did make me feel as though I had borrowed the Tardis from Doctor Who and I had travelled back in time to 1862, which is when the story is set. Carmen uses such vivid and detailed descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself and that I was helping Alyssa with investigating the case.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Case Of The Missing Bride’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I will definitely be reading more of Carmen’s work in the future and I can’t wait to be reunited with Alyssa Chalmers. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.