The Scarlet Pen (True Colors #12) by Jennifer Uhlarik
Published: July 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction, True Crime
Length: 256 pages
About the book:
Step into True Colors — a series of Historical Stories of Romance and True American Crime
Enjoy a tale of true but forgotten history of an 19th Century serial killer whose silver-tongued ways almost trap a young woman into a nightmarish marriage.
In 1876, Emma Draycott is charmed into a quick engagement with Stephen Dee Richardson after meeting him at a church event in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. But within the week, Stephen leaves to “make his fame and fortune.” The heartbroken Emma gives him a special fountain pen to write to her, and he does with tales of grand adventures. Secret Service agent Clay Timmons arrives in Mount Pleasant to track purchases made with fake currency. Every trail leads back to Stephen—and therefore, Emma. Can he convince the naïve woman she is engaged to a charlatan who is being linked a string of deaths in Nebraska?
Jennifer Uhlarik did such a great job with this one! I’m sure it’s hard to write a Christian fiction story that has a serial killer in it, but she did a great job with it. Some parts were a little bit dark, but that’s part of the story. I was hooked in this story and couldn’t put it down! I really enjoyed it!