The book opens with a young American man, Tristan, receiving a mysterious letter from a London law firm. Tristan travels to London to meet with a lawyer who tells him he may (or may not) be the heir to a huge fortune willed to one of his ancestors 80 years ago; the catch (there’s always a catch) is that he has to find evidence that he is the direct descendant of the will’s original beneficiary. The search leads Tristan all over Europe, and soon, you find, he’s not so much searching for evidence to get the money but searching for the story of his great-grandmother and the man who left her everything he had. In between chapters about Tristan’s search, you also learn the backstory of the great-grandmother (Imogen, what a great name) and her lover Ashley, with rich historical detail of Ashley’s experience in World War I and later as one of the first climbers to attempt Mount Everest. Overall a very worthwhile read; I give it a highly recommend rather than a “must read” only because the ending is more of a cliffhanger than I prefer.
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Review Submitted by: Kelly Smolinsky
Rating: Highly Recommended