Just as Jacks starts to come to grips with James' death, another plot twist had me reading to the end. There was
a HUGE clue that I totally missed earlier (and clearly so did Jacks, so I don't feel so bad). All in all, a satisfying beach read!
Treasure in a Cornfield: The Discovery and Excavation of the Steamboat Arabia : an Adventure by Greg Hawley
When we visited the Arabia, we were lucky enough to have David Hawley at the museum that day, so he was able to answer questions directly after we viewed the introductory movie. His brother Greg does yeoman's service in turning days of wading through mud into a fascinating read, and we can't wait to discover the treasure to be found in the next barrel or cask. I highly recommend the book and THEN a trip to the museum in Kansas City!
While the most of the story unfolds from Trudy's point of view, the narrative is framed by Jane, the youngest of the Crawley children, returning to the lighthouse in her 80s. That's when we learn that this is really Jane's story, the story of an old woman coming back to her roots and finding her origins--at the edge of the earth.
I found the book a fast read, and Trudy is an independent, compelling character for the most part. Oskar's ability to constantly get his way and never take anyone else's feelings into consideration begins to rankle as the book goes on, and the big reveal at the end of the book is really not much of a mystery if you've been paying attention. Still, I admire Trudy's ability to soldier on in the face of adversity, especially with the help of stoic Euphemia Crawley. Truly a novel where the setting stays with you.
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