By Heather Vogel Frederick
Truly Lovejoy is a typical 13-year-old girl – except for the fact that she’s 6 feet tall. She lives with her 4 siblings and her parents in her grandparents’ house in Pumpkin Falls, a place that takes maple syrup very seriously.
It’s spring, and Maple Madness is upon them. Busloads and busloads of tourists arrive in Pumpkin Falls to tour local farms, try the maple cookies, cakes and treats, and of course, to buy syrup. Truly and her cousin Mackenzie are a little stunned by how much this little town loves its maple syrup. But when sap lines are found to be cut on the Freeman farm, and later on the Maynard farm, Truly and Mackenzie have a mystery on their hands.
They turn to their friends, the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes for help. As neighbour begins to turn against neighbour, each blaming the other for sabotaging their farm, the Private Eyes know they must get to the bottom of this mystery for the sake of their town.
Meanwhile, Truly and Mackenzie make a shocking discovery. Hidden under a floorboard in Truly’s closet is a diary dating back to the 1860s and written by the original Truly Lovejoy, young Truly’s ancestor. The Civil War has broken out in the United States and 1860s Truly is keeping an incredible secret – one that has great historical significance.
Mystery fans will love Yours Truly. The secret in the diary evolves into a historical mystery which compliments the sap mystery – two mysteries make the book doubly intriguing!
History buffs will love this story too – the American Civil War and the Underground Railroad come alive in Truly’s diary. Yours Truly also has a dose of boy/girl friendships and romance.
Yours Truly is the second Pumpkin Falls Mystery, but it is ok to read this one first. A great read!