Time to review my first book of the new year *fanfare* which is a book I’ve been looking forward to reading ever since I read Hither, Page.
Thanks so much to the author for the review copy!
When James learns that an uncle he hasn’t heard from in ages has left him something in his will, he figures that the least he can do is head down to Cornwall for a weekend to honor the old man’s parting wishes. He finds the family home filled with half-remembered guests and unwanted memories, but more troubling is that his uncle has tasked his heirs with uncovering the truth behind a woman’s disappearance twenty years earlier.
Leo doesn’t like any of it. He’s just returned from one of his less pleasant missions and maybe he’s slightly paranoid about James’s safety, but he’s of the opinion that rich people aren’t to be trusted where wills are concerned. So he does what any sensible spy would do and infiltrates the house party.
Together they unravel a mystery that exposes long-standing family secrets and threatens to involve James more than either of them would like.
This is the continuing story of James Sommers and Leo Page, who were introduced in Hither, Page. It’s 1948, and although the war is over, Leo is still working as a spy while his lover James is a country doctor in a small town. When James gets notice that his uncle has died and left him something in his will, he travels to Cornwall to his ancestral home. There he finds relatives he barely remembers and a mystery. Per his will, James’ uncle left the house to whomever could solve the mystery of what happened to his daughter, Rose in the summer of 1927, when she disappeared. Leo returns home from a mission to find James gone and follows him to Cornwall just in time to help solve the mystery.
I really liked this story. It was a quick, easy read, and I really like Leo and James as characters. James is easy to cheer for as he’s such an easygoing person. Leo is more complicated, but I always get the feels for him because he wants to protect James from himself, and it’s cute, even if James is having exactly none of it.
The mystery that played out in this one was really well done, and stayed mysterious to me right up to the end. I had a really good ‘AHA!’ moment when the mystery was revealed in the end, so I really liked that about it as well. I love a mystery that is hard enough to solve that I don’t guess it in chapter two.
All told, The Missing Page was a lovely continuation of Leo and James’ story, and I do hope that there will be more in the future. If you like historical romances, or romances in post-war settings, or m/m romances in general, you should definitely pick up the Page & Sommers series. 4.5/5 stars!~