Series: The Dark Unwinding, Book 1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it.
What a fun story this is. It reads like an old-fashioned historical novel. Then the author threw in mystery, action and romance. I loved Uncle Tully. I liked the way the author portrayed a genius as someone who might be considered better off in a lunatic asylum. Because aren't all geniuses a little crazy in the end? I would have loved a little more romance (or build up in the romance) between Katharine and Lane but maybe that's going to be a slow build in time through the series.