This edition of Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters will be released on August 4, 2015. I received a copy through NetGalley.
Roberta Pietrykowski works at the Old and New bookshop. One of her favorite pastimes is finding old cards, letters and pictures in copies of old books and imagining what their lives were like.
When her father drops off a bundle of old books and things from her grandmother in an old suitcase, it raises questions of just who her grandmother was. The label inside the suitcase reads Mrs. D. Sinclair, and a letter inside one of the books from her grandfather accuses her grandmother of doing something to a baby and its mother.
We then go back in time and meet Dorothy Sinclair. Her marriage is failing after the loss of their baby, and her husband has gone off to war. When a plane crashes in her backyard, it brings the pilot’s Polish squad leader, Jan Pietrykowski, to her door.
The book winds along, switching between Roberta and Dorothy’s stories. Roberta is dealing with problems at the bookstore and her father’s illness while trying to work up the courage to ask about the letter she found. Dorothy wants to pursue feelings she has for Jan but is bound by what people will think of her.
I really liked this book, it had compelling twists and turns that kept me interested to the last page. I love when books give you a piece of information in the beginning that you wait to find out more about. If you have nothing to look forward to, you’re less invested in the book.
I would give this a 4/5. It is definitely worth a read.