I picked this book up because I had just finished reading “Revolution” by the same author and found out about this book. I had high hopes that this one would be as good. “A Northern Light” is Jennifer Donnelly’s first book. It is a fictionalized book based on a true story. This is the goodreads.com description:
Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown asks her to burn a bundle of secret letters. But when Grace’s drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers the letters reveal the grim truth behind a murder.
Set in 1906 against a backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser‘s An American Tragedy, this astonishing novel weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, real, and wholly original.
I was not disappointed! This book sucked me in just as much as “Revolution” did. I really liked the characters and the storyline. It made me want to be on that lake during that time period. The ending was also a little surprising in a good way. I really enjoyed it and I can not wait to read the other two books by Jennifer.