My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 This book was a solid 4.5 stars. Jillian Garrett, a Yale graduate, forgoes the glitz and glamour of a probable lucrative career in Manhattan, N.Y.C., preferring instead to work as Director of Marketing and Special Promotions for the struggling Wetherton Historical Society. You see, Jillian is passionate about preserving the history of the small town of Wetherton, CT., and the legacy of their most beloved heroine Catherine Wentworth Brownley, who, along with her husband John, is responsible for the famous Brownley Punch and the Tavern that serves it. There is a problem though. While the Wetherton Historical Society’s financial resources run low, Arnold Murton’s ambitions to tear down the centuries old Beckwith House, which he now owns, run high. And if that weren’t concern enough, revisionists thinkers threaten to tarnish the reputation of the town’s much beloved heroine Catherine Wentworth Brownley. What’s a girl to do?
A sure-fire way to preserve the Beckwith House and protect the reputation of Catherine Wentworth Brownley is for Jillian to elicit help from her newfound British friend, Lady Jane Rochester, 86, who she has been corresponding with online. But time is running out. Will she get the information she needs before all hope is lost? Will she be forced to turn to the “Money Mack” yet again, the Wetherton Historical Society’s greatest benefactor? Or will she surrender to her friend Taylor’s prodding her about her pathetic life and take that job in N.Y.C. instead?
I love books that stimulate, educate and enlighten me, and that’s precisely my experience with Wetherton. This was an engaging, well-written book that history enthusiasts will very likely enjoy. In fact, I can’t see how even non-history lovers wouldn’t be entertained by it. I found myself chuckling many times, and I could see the characters and places so distinctly in my mind. They became real to me. When that occurs I know I’m on to something good.
In summation this was a very good read and I recommend it highly.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed henceforth are my own.