Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Into a Distant Light by Mary Patterson Thornburg

Into a Distant Light
by Mary Patterson Thornburg

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Uncial Press (April 13, 2018)
Publication Date: April 13, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Print Length: 25 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
“When Lizzie and Robert married, she thought he'd had enough of adventure to last a lifetime. After all, his voyage above the Arctic Circle had been a near-fatal disaster, and he never talked about it at all. He'd never even written about it, except in a long letter to his sister. But someone, somehow, had found out. And now, given another chance, he couldn't resist that call.

“When he came back, of course, she would share in his fame, glory, and wealth. But what would happen to her if he didn't come back?”

Into a Distant Light by Mary Patterson Thornburg

Into a Distant LightWas Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” more than a work of fiction? Were vital pieces missing to enhance the mystery of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation? This is “the rest of the story,” told by its author to shed light on a man who not only was an important player, but was left behind in the shadows of the mystery, unknown.

Robert Walton was an adventurer who left behind a young wife and family to seek his latest glory by traveling to the North Pole. It is his story, sent to his family in the form of a voluminous letter that not only answers unanswered or even unasked questions, it shed light on what really happened to the both the doctor and his creation.

This is the story of Robert’s final journey and the lives that he touched and was touched by. What happened to the creature who went off into the distant darkness? Was he more man than the purported beast?

Mary Patterson Thornburg’s short, yet riveting tale INTO A DISTANT LIGHT continues her version of what really happened, a version as engaging and mysterious in its own right! Told with an atmosphere that feels as if a shroud is being partially lifted, it opens the doors to unlimited possibilities and causes the mind to visualize their own “continuation.” Rather fascinating that it began with a book purchased out of curiosity by a character unnamed who knew the truth...

Far more substance than the number of pages would suggest, I read it twice just in case I could glean more about “the rest of the story.” Time well-spent from an author who likes to color outside the lines!

I received a complimentary ARC copy from Mary Patterson Thornburg!

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