WOW! Joy Jordan-Lake, author of “Under A Gilded Moon” has written a captivating, enthralling, intriguing, intense and amazing novel. The genres for this novel are historical fiction, and fiction. The timeline for this novel is around 1895, and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The location for this story is mostly set in North Carolina, I love the way that Joy Jordan-Lake vividly describes the characters, the settings and the events. The author describes her dramatic and colorful characters as complex and complicated. The characters, settings and events show comparisons and contrasts of rich vs.poor classes, good vs. evil, educated vs. ignorant, loyalty vs. betrayal, people that abide by the law, and criminals, and hate vs. love. There are some characters that have tremendous hatred and feel they have the perfect solution.
Kerry MacGregor has had the wonderful opportunity to attend an exclusive college in New York, when she is called back to North Carolina, when her father is ailing. Kerry has had the taste of a higher society than the cabin she grew up in North Carolina. Kerry also has ambivalent feelings about her father. Kerry is headed back home and has no idea what troubles await her.
On the train, Kerry meets some unusual characters, as she connects with her aunt and her twin brother and sister. It seems the properties where Kerry and her family and other families have lived for years are threatened by the Biltmore House, or Mansion that is being built in North Carolina by the Vanderbilts. Kerry also is aware she will have to find some type of work to be able to survive, take care of her father and siblings.
This is such a suspenseful and page-turning novel. There are twists and turns, danger and murder. I highly recommend this thought-provoking and memorable novel and would love to see this made into a screen play and movie.