Everyman’s dream – to suddenly inherit money from an obscure distant relative – drives the plot of Justin Go’s The Steady Running of the Hour. To prove his legitimate claim to the millions left by his great-grandmother, Tristan must follow a quest that leads through the trenches of World War I, an expedition up Mt. Everest, and the icy volcanic slopes of Iceland. The romance between star-crossed lovers is the focus of Tristan’s quest, as he searches for that one piece of evidence that would help him claim his fortune. His intuition leads him into compelling adventures across Europe. I skipped over some of the details of the war, and hoped the flashbacks to the expedition would reveal clues. The promise of a resolution kept me reading, but unfortunately the ending is vague and unsatisfying.
With some authors, what they write doesn’t matter so much as that they meet the expectations of their faithful readers. The author of seventeen novels, Anita Shreve delivers her latest – Stella Bain – using memory loss, an abusive husband, World War I, shell shock, psychoanalysis, and lost loves in a romantic tale of an early twentieth century woman who has the strength and courage to recover and create a new life.
If you are a fan and have been waiting, you will enjoy the story and wonder when the next book is coming.
Have you read Anita Shreve’s Rescue? Check out the review – here