Saturday, January 16, 2016
Innocent by Eric Walters
Eric Walter's has done it again! He has created the idea for a series of books where there are different characters connected by a common event. Just like with the Seven series, the Secret series is written by different authors who each explore a different character.
After a fire at the orphanage where Betty has grown up, she is forced to start her new life outside the only home she has ever known quicker than expected. When Betty ends up in Kingston, she finds herself working for the richest family in Kingston as a maid. As she gets to know the other servants and family members, Betty is given glimpses of her life before the orphanage. The more she learns about her past, the more confused she becomes. When she learns that her father is serving time in jail for murder, it takes all of her strength to discover the truth.
As with all Eric Walter's books, I loved this character. She was strong, determined and very clear in her beliefs. I really liked the fact that this book was set in 1964 and in Kingston. I could see many places Betty visited in my mind as I read through the book. The gentle life style of the 1960's was really interesting and put a different twist on the story. I like reading about kids dealing with situations who aren't quite as jaded or connected to social media as most books I read these days.
I think this series is destined to be another success for Eric Walters and the other authors. I want to go out tomorrow and pick up more of the books. I can really see girls in grade 5 or 6 enjoying these books.