An Incomplete Revenge ~ Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie was never very close to the Comptons’ son, James, though she has always stood a long family friend to the whole crew. When she bumps into James in the city, it is with some trepidation that she takes on a “simple” land case for his company.
It looks to be a fairly straightforward gathering of information, at first, but, then again, this is Maisie, we’re talking about. No sooner has Maisie found herself in the middle of, what should be, picturesque Kent amid hop season than adventure breaks out like literal wild fire.
The fifth book in the series brings us deeper into Maisie’s past, drawing on her connection to the gypsy community on the outskirts of Kent. For me, this proved to be an incredibly emotional and political book, equaling Messenger of Truth in its unabashed commentary on war. It rings of a truth and analysis behind World War One I’ve only attributed to more recent conflicts. I have always held WWI and WWII on the pedestal of “wars that needed to be fought”. Through this series, it has truly hit home that no war is ever worth the loss of life that hate produces.
The book slowed, at moments, which reminded me a bit of the first story in the series, but the commentary largely made up for it. I still can’t believe how edgy these books are for something I thought would be simple fluff.