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SEARCHING FOR IRENE by Marlene Bateman ~ A Reader's Opinion


An enjoyable novel of mystery set in the 1920s, SEARCHING FOR IRENE introduces us to Anna Coughlin, a college-educated woman who takes a job at a Virginia mansion. Anna moves into the mansion of the wealthy Richardson family to help get their finances in order, except, there's a secret hidden within the walls of the estate. The last financial advisor, Irene, went missing without explanation or warning. The family and the servants all come under Anna's suspicion and she can't help but wonder if she'll be next.

This is one of those stories where if too much is talked about it could ruin the uncovering of events. Ms. Bateman did a nice job of building suspense and keeping the reader guessing. The romance is very clean and builds naturally. A lot of the situations between the characters felt real, like they could happen to anyone. Ms. Bateman puts the reader in the setting with the grand estate, and the mansion took on a life of its own. Good for all audiences, SEARCHING FOR IRENE is worth reading.

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars | Content Rating: 1 Heart | Reviewed by: Kathy Scott



Anna Coughlin is a modern 1920s woman armed with a college education and a partiality for numbers. Now, within the walls of a fantastic castle-like mansion in the hills of Virginia, her skill will be tested as never before. Hired to serve as financial advisor to wealthy Lawrence Richardson, Anna finds the welcome she receives anything but warm. Lawrence’s handsome but antagonistic son Tyler wants nothing more than to send her packing. The household staff isn’t much better, but who can blame them, considering the way Lawrence’s last advisor, Irene, disappeared . . . Convinced that one of the enigmatic members of the household had something to do with Irene’s disappearance, Anna doesn’t dare trust anyone—not even temperamental Tyler Richardson, who, despite her best intentions, is beginning to steal her heart. A series of frightening incidents ensnare Anna in a maze of intrigue, putting her life in peril. But even as Anna begins uncovering the secrets hidden within the mansion’s stone walls, she harbors a secret of her own. Now, the only question that remains is whether she will disappear as mysteriously as Irene. . . .

Genre: Mystery/Inspirational | Pub Date: July 1, 2017 | Page count: 272pp | Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.

Format Read: Paperback | Source: Provided by the author or publisher


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