brothers crownMy Brother’s Crown by Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark; 2015; $14.99; 358 pages; Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon; 978-0-7369-6288-9; sent from the publisher asking for review; 9/14/15-9/16/15

Much like one of my favorite authors, James Rollins, this story takes place in too different time periods.  One story line takes place in the time of kings and their courts, the other is now.  Connecting the two is a pamphlet that helped persecuted Huguenots flee France, only one copy of the pamphlet has survived to the present day.  It has stayed in the family over the centuries and is about to be presented to the Smithsonian.  In the current day one of the descendants has determined that there is a secret message within the pamphlet.  She only has forty eight hours to find the message within the pamphlet before it leaves the family custody.  Also there is a romance in each time period and a murder mystery lurking in the background of the the current time.  Lots of interesting relationships throughout the story, cousins, brothers, sisters, mothers and romantic entanglements.

Grade-A-

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, I enjoyed both stories and the connection between the two time periods.  Each character was fully developed and each story was interesting in itself.

What is with the title of the review?  The only impediment to complete enjoyment of the story was how easily two of the characters were able to decipher the message hidden within the pamphlet.