Madeline, with a little assistance, discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! Can she expose him for the fraud she's sure he is?
In book two of the Meddlin’ Madeline series, Madeline Brown has a new endeavor to occupy her time. But is it to keep her out of the way or a reward for her work in Sweet on You? With the help of her young friends, Madeline discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! What’s a girl to do?
However, her new position also gives her opportunities to observe, and what she sees sets more than one new investigation in motion. What does her old suitor, Delbert Jackson, know? Why is Mr. Merton giving important papers to that scoundrel, Vernon Smythe, and whatever happened to poor Abigail Cooper?
Add to these intriguing questions Henry Hardwick’s continued attentions, Edith’s newfound devotion to the temperance movement and Madeline’s determination to find her a more reliable suitor, and strange behavior from her Aunt Louisa and things heat up as summer fades from Rockland.
Unfortunately, her dear friend, Russell, busy with an important project at work, finds himself unable to help keep her out of trouble and away from danger. Is Madeline going too far? Will her meddling get her in serious trouble this time, will it destroy her reputation irreparably, or will she rid Rockland of a scoundrel once and for all?
Yes, I'm still a fan of this series. Madeline had adventures in the last book and this one is no different. Favorite characters are back and back at it. Since Madeline isn't a typical female of her time period, in fact, she is quite modern thinking, her actions reflect this. She investigates and is an amateur detective. This also means she gets into some extremely interesting situations. I like how Madeline grows as a character from the first book through this one. Trust is a key factor in this story and the overall theme of needing God was done quite well. I thought the author did a great job staying in 'her time period' and keeping your attention throughout. I cannot wait to see what she does next with these characters as I've now become quite a fan.
It was a 4/5 for me. The slight issues I had with it are much outweighed by love of characters.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via Celebrate Lit). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.