Tuesday, March 14, 2023

THE METROPOLITAN AFFAIR by Jocelyn Green, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

This book was fantastic. It brought back memories of visiting the Field Museum in Chicago. One of my favorite exhibits was Egyptian artifacts.

The story was informative and spellbinding from the first glimpse of the Metropolitan Museum to the dramatic conclusion.

Ms. Green made me care about Lauren, her grief surrounding her mother and the complicated relationship with her father.

The details of uncovering forgeries were so interesting. “If you become an expert on the real thing, you will know the counterfeit when you see it.” This goes for antiquities and also for reading people and their motives.

When Detective Joe Caravello enlists the help of longtime friend, Lauren, they quickly renew their friendship. It is significant that they met at the Museum as children and many places there hold fond memories.

The story is filled with unique characters, some based on real people. The author has given Joe a warm, loving family that Lauren found missing in her own life. She tried to please her father but was chasing after a false love. Then she realized the true love God had for her.

A riveting book from a remarkable storyteller.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Reviewers program. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 5 stars and a solid faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
Bestselling author Jocelyn Green sweeps you away in a dazzling novel of secrets, betrayal, and romance within one of New York City's most esteemed museums.

For years her explorer father promised Dr. Lauren Westlake she'd accompany him on one of his Egyptian expeditions. But as the empty promises mounted, Lauren determined to earn her own way. Now the assistant curator of Egyptology for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren receives two unexpected invitations.

The first is her repentant father's offer to finally bring her to Egypt as his colleague on a new expedition. The second is a chance to enter the world of New York's wealthiest patrons who have been victims of art fraud.

With Egyptomania sweeping the city after the discovery of King Tut's tomb, Detective Joe Caravello is on the hunt for a notorious forger preying on the open wallets of New York's high society. Dr. Westlake is just the expert he needs to help him track the criminal. Together they search for the truth, and the closer Lauren and Joe get to discovering the forger's identity, the more entangled they become in a web of deception and crime.

Bethany House Publishers, March 14, 2023 
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