A little romance, a little mystery. The Hostage Heart by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles has little in common with her more accomplished historical novels like The Morland Dynasty or her excellent Bill Slider detective series, but it is an interesting look at the author's earlier efforts.
From the Author's Note that precedes the novel:
"This book is the work of a very young me; but it's the product of an energetic, enthusiastic and optimistic self in what seemed a simpler world, and I'm very pleased to see it back in print. If you know my later books, I hope you will uncouple your expectations, and just enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it."
There is something touching about Harrod-Eagles' attachment to the works that helped shape her into the author she is today. I loved the section of the Author's Note where she says that when she ran out of pony novels at the library, she had no choice but to write her own, and "Between the ages of ten and eighteen I wrote nine pony novels."
Read in August; blog review scheduled for Oct.
Mystery/Romance. Nov. 1, 2017. Print length: 224 pages.