In A Pretty Age by Barbara Mueller Sophiny Mumm, a sixteen year old student at a Catholic convent and her best friend Antoinette Dominguez find themselves entrapped in the schemes of evil man. Antoinette elopes and then subsequently disappears. Sophiny must solve the mystery of her friend's disappearance while subsequently avoiding getting captured herself.
This was an interesting read. It's set at the turn of the 20th century and is an interesting look at the era through the eyes of a somewhat sheltered girl who is very excited for the development of progress. The story starts out slow, but eventually picked up enough steam to keep me reading. I have to say that I figured the end would be very predictable. Some parts of it were and others were not. I was impressed with the way that Sophiny grew as a character through the course of the book. She started out rather meek and mild and ended up as a strong fighter. This was all due to her relationship with Antoinette.
I would recommend this book if you are interested in historical fiction. It was a fun read, once it got going and was interesting enough to keep me up a few nights. I normally would not have picked out this book, but I was glad that I did. It reminded me of the true value of friendship and the value of having others in this life. We are not, afterall, meant to do go through this life alone.
I would not recommend this book if you like tight writing. I was really distracted by some passages that could have been written much more plainly. I am by no means a perfect writer, but I was surprised by how many slips there were. This was frustrating and I am hoping that this was an early copy since it was being reviewed.
Have you been reading anything interesting lately?
This book was provided to me by the publisher for an honest and thorough review. All opinions are solely mine.