Whitby, Adele. Kate’s Story, 1914 (Secrets of the Manor), illustrations by Jaime Zollars. Simon Spotlight, 2014. $16.99. 148 pages.
Kate Vandermeer is Lady Beth’s cousin (Beth’s Story, 1914) and she lives in big house in America called Vandermeer Manor. She is excited for her Cousin Beth’s visit and her birthday where she will receive the Katherine necklace, just like Beth’s Elizabeth necklace. Unlike Beth, Kate’s great-grandmother Katherine (original owner of necklace) is still alive. Kate is excited to show Beth around America and introduce her to places and foods, and the fourth of July. There fun is put on hold, when Beth’s parents ask for her to be sent home because of the start of World War I. But before she can go, Kate and Beth must solve a mystery as old as their necklaces.
This is the second book in the Secrets of the Manor, and it needs to be read in order. Beautiful necklaces, secrets, and assisting in a romantic affair (lady’s maid finds a man), what more could a young girl ask for? A simple, charming historical story with a gentle mystery that will be sure to find readers.
EL-ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.