Ring Go Round
by Patda Jim



Warren, 2007. ISBN 978-1-427-63611-9.
Reviewed by Judith Helburn
Posted on 12/23/2011

Fiction: Historical

I was surprised when I realized Ring Go Round is a romance, and, I was surprised that I enjoyed reading it. There is a fairy tale component in that the subjects are wealthy, good looking and nice people—for the most part. There are the requisite villains and a few difficult situations, but if one sits back and just enjoys the tale, it is a good read.

It features modern Washington career woman, Marieke, and early twentieth century Marlene. Marieke follows her intuition, which might contribute to her successful career in finance. And she follows her hunches, which first bring her to Amsterdam after a conference in Belgium, and then lead her to purchase an expensive antique ring.

Much of the action takes place in Holland where a very young Marlene had come to live from England with her new husband. Marieke, too, finds herself living in Holland with her new spouse and commuting to Brussels and beyond for her work.

The writing is smooth. The reader is given hints of the connection between the two women before the characters find out. The plot is predictable, for the most part, but there are a few surprises. Follow the trail and enjoy.


Patda Jim has spent her life traveling and living abroad. Writing travel-related works and short stories has been a part of her life. She now lives in the Sarasota FL area. Visit her website.

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