The Vanishing Point


The Vanishing Point by Mary Sharratt - 369 pages
Book Blurb:
Bright and inquisitive, Hannah Powers was raised by a father who treated her as if she were his son. While her beautiful and reckless sister, May, pushes the limits of propriety in their small English town, Hannah harbors her own secret: their father has given her an education forbidden to women. But Hannah’s secret serves her well when she journeys to colonial Maryland to reunite with May, who has been married off to a distant cousin after her sexual misadventures ruined her marriage prospects in England.
As Hannah searches for May, who has disappeared, she finds herself falling in love with her brother-in-law. Alone in a wild, uncultivated land where the old rules no longer apply, Hannah is freed froe constraints of the society that judged both her and May as dangerous — too smart, too fearless, and too hungry for life. But Hannah is also plagued by doubt, as her quest for answers to May’s fate grows ever more disturbing and tangled.
My Review: 3.5 stars
An easy romantic read about two radically different sisters that takes place in historical Maryland in the late 17th century. With passion, secrets, the inherent loneliness in the wilderness and unlikely friendships, this book carries a perfect amount of page-turning qualities. An an incredibly well titled novel as the definition of the vanishing point is the place where parallel lines meet on the horizon and are often indistinguishable to separate. This phenomena is displayed several times throughout the novel as we learn the difference between how things appear and how they really are. This author’s books are always well told and very descriptive. Glad this one ended up on my shelf!
Quotes I liked:
-“A mere optical illusion, Hannah,” her father told her, referring to the vanishing point on the horizon. “In truth, the ship does not disappear. The vessel is still there, even if we on the shore cannot see it.”

-“Grief was a terrible trickster, Joan always said. “Just when you thought you could live with your pain, grief found a new way to twist its blade into your flesh.
- Tags: 2013, Historical Fiction, Sisters, Romance,

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