A Desperate Fortune
By Suzanna Kearsley
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2015. 495. Fiction
Sara Thomas doesn't feel qualified to go to Paris to crack the cipher of a three hundred year old cryptic journal. She is a computer programmer with the ability to solve number games, cyphers and codes in part because of having Asperger's. She is told that the journal belonged to Mary Dundus, a Jacobite exile and that the journal should contain accounts of her everday life. Once Sara breaks the cypher she soon discovers that Mary took part in an unexpected adventure.
Suzanna Kearsley is a master at writing novels with duel timelines. The past is brought to life through the journal entries and I enjoyed learning more about the Jacobite rebellion. I also liked that the present day heroin struggled with Asperger's. It brought a different perspective to the story. This novel does not have a very fast moving plot but the characters are great and make it well worth reading.