Please welcome Timothy L. O’Brien, author of The Lincoln Conspiracy, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

Reviewed by Heather Bryant

I have a confession to make – besides loving to read, I am a HUGE history buff and especially love finding connections between Lincoln and Kennedy! No, I am not morbid, I am just really amazed by the many parallels of the presidencies, but more on that at a later time.

When I was offered The Lincoln Conspiracy for review, I jumped at the chance. Timothy L. O’Brien is also a Lincoln buff with a Masters in History from Columbia University; he knows his stuff! He takes the reader back to 1865 when America is mourning the death of Lincoln, Booth is dead and Americans are still looking for answers.

The main character, Temple, is on a great quest to bring conspirators in and ask questions in the name of justice. With his many journeys to apprehend them, he inadvertently puts his wife Fiona and his black friend Augustus in harm’s way over and over.

Few know about the diaries of Mary Todd Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, but those who do understand their value. O’Brien makes the reader feel that he is right beside one of the main characters and brings to life many who may or may not be real. The reader learns more about how Robert Lincoln deals with his grief stricken mother, about the Pinkertons, Dorothy Dix, Lizzy Kackley and about the never-give-up attitude of Irish immigrants. There are other characters that will be introduced and that are sure to surprise the reader; I will not give names and you will just have to read the book to find out more!

I highly recommend The Lincoln Conspiracy; it will make you think about the lessons that history has to offer us and make you scratch your head saying, “What if…”

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Heather’s favorite way to pass time involves curling up with a good book! As a blogger, mom and so much more, she enjoys sharing her honest opinions and being creative too. Visit her site to learn more.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Ballantine Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.