Boston, 1926— Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.
In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.
Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.
Another great story from Kristy Cambron!!! I have been anxiously anticipating this book! The cover is amazing and and as usual, the descriptions and imagery in this book suck you into another world and time completely. The opening line grabbed me right from the start! I enjoyed this story, however looking back I wish I would have read it as though it were a mystery novel, and not a romance. I think I was waiting and hoping for more of a relationship between Jenny and Elliot. However, the actual story seemed to be about Wren coming to terms with things in her past, while helping to solve a mystery. Still captivating and full of suspense and interest, but more on the mysterious than romance. Which is totally fine! This story will hold your attention and keep you guessing until the end. I think I did have a little trouble connecting with Wren. She kept so many secrets that even the reader wasn’t given many clues to what she was hiding until much further in the story. However, she won me over in the end. I appreciated her boldness, her bravery, and her willingness to sacrifice for those she loved. The last chapters of this book were full of danger, excitement, surprises and secrets revealed! All in all it was a great story with distinct characters and the world of the illusionist was a fun one to experience in this book!
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