Now this little Novella has been sitting half read since it came out, purely because I went to Australia and totally morphed into a reading slump. I couldn't get into anything. Knowing I had the pleasure of beta reading Kaitlin's first full length novel I was ridiculously excited to see this novella and I got my hands on it as soon as she announced it was a thing. Read on for more of my thoughts;
Mexico, 1875. Twenty-three-year old Esperanza de la Rosa knows more about steam engines and electromagnetics than a proper lady should. Fiercely independent, she’s more interested in science and superstition than finding a suitor.
When Esperanza’s uncle is murdered during a festival celebrating the Day of the Dead, her world is shaken. To catch the killer, she must accept the help of the last person she wants to see—her ex-fiancé Alejandro Valladares, a gentleman turned bounty hunter with a troubled past.
Thrust into a tangled web of secrets and lies that threaten to destroy everything she thought she knew, Esperanza must uncover the truth and bring her uncle’s murderer to justice or her failure will haunt her forever.
Let's take two seconds to talk about this cover, it's freaking gorgeous! In fact it is so good I hired the same cover designer for my cover, learn more about that here. I love the sugar skull lady on the front and the scenic picture in the background. After reading this story I can tell you in depicts it PERFECTLY. Then there is a blurb. Please tell me I'm not the only one who jumped at the chance to read this after reading the blurb? I mean not only did it make me think of a Mask Of Zorro style novella it also used two if my favourite names!
While this story is a novella it's perfectly packed full of everything you need in a novel. I felt so connected to Esperanza throughout the story and I understood what was going on perfectly. The twists and turns added into the pages were ones I did not see coming. It left me wanting more of Kaitlin's writing.
I loved the fast-paced murder mystery of this novel and the way the world-building allowed your mind eyes to picture everything perfectly. It shows you what 19th century Mexico is like without overwhelming or taking anything away from the story.
Murder mystery with a dash of romance that every writer and reader can come to love. Overall this story blew me away with how expertly written it was and a story that marked my heart.