4 out of 4 stars
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“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”—James Baldwin
The Secret Forgotten by E.J. Andrews, is a mixture of historical fiction and mystery thriller. It weaves two lines; the first one tackles a young talented woman, Cammie, who falls in love with an attorney, Darwin, and together they try to unravel the mystery behind the murder of her grandfather. The second line takes place in the US, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Where does the story start and does it relate to the current events? What has American baseball got to do with the mystery and scandal that are weaved masterfully in this novel? Answers will be attained as one goes through the book.
I was pulled into the story right from the outset. The writing style is clear and engaging, and the characters are well-developed and relatable. Actually, they are so real I had to google them. The fact that many historic events are based on foundations in truth, as well as the well-researched timeline and history of baseball, added authenticity to the narrative.
Additionally, I liked the smooth transition back and forth between the two timelines, and the way that the well-knitted plot unraveled and the dots were connected to culminate in a satisfactory ending.
There is nothing I disliked about the book. I would only warn readers who are sensitive to racial slurs, as there was some use of racial remarks in the dialogue in an era where segregation and racial discrimination were common. Also, some details were just too painful to read having seen how far we’ve come today.
I fell under the impression that the novel is professionally edited, for I could only spot three trivial typographical errors that did not take away from the enjoyment of reading the book. I would recommend The Secret Forgotten to those who enjoy a blend of historical fiction, thrill, and mystery. Those particularly interested in American history and in the National American game will get immersed into intriguing details that are yet unknown to many. In light of the aforementioned, I am pleased to rate The Secret Forgotten by E.J. Andrews 4 out of 4 stars.
I consider this novel an “insider’s look” at an important part of the history of this nation and a link between the past and the present. Hence, I leave you with these words; “Ruth was a national hero. Some historians think baseball was a cultural phenomenon- a constant, a fabric or bond, when the rest of the country changed: World War 1 and World War 2, The Depression, segregation, and women’s rights. Baseball was a social constant, sort of a historic phenomenon.”
The Secret Forgotten
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