Theodor's Choice

A Novella

Romance - Historical
76 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2016
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Author Biography

Raised in Bremerhaven, Germany, I lived five years in Spain before moving to Montreal, Canada, in 1967. After a two-year residency in Durham, North Carolina, I returned to Canada and settled in Ottawa. Fluent in four languages, I am also an accomplished watercolour artist and was the founder and artistic director for 33 years of the New Edinburgh Players, a fundraising community theatre in Ottawa.

I love fairy tales and have written a fantasy trilogy for children: The Black Pearl of Osis, The Curse of Lake Osis, and The Battle of Osis; also a graphic novel based on book one of the trilogy.

I am the author of two novellas for adults: Theodor's Choice, and Twist of Fate.

I also write romance novels under my pseudonym Rose D. Franklyn. Please visit me at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Theodor's Choice by Ingrid McCarthy is an interesting story that revolves around the lives of three women and takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and redemption. The story spans many countries and the author blends the past and the present as she takes readers through Canada, Germany, Russia, and Poland. After getting her hands on her grandmother's diary, Sylvia Baintz discovers a secret that has been hidden for a long time. She wants to know more about her mother's Alzheimer's and that takes her to Ottawa. There she runs into Alex, someone of her age who also happens to be her relative, and finds herself attracted to him. This emotional story is also about exploring one's identity.

It's a gripping novella that will keep readers glued to the story until the very end. The narration is detailed and descriptive, and readers can feel the characters and the scenes perfectly. Speaking in first person, Sylvia Baintz takes readers on an emotional journey where they are equally curious as Sylvia to know more about her past and the secrecy surrounding it. Alex provides the love interest in the story, giving it a romantic twist. The author seamlessly weaves the past and the present together, and readers get a good picture of the visual details and her powerful storytelling skills. All the characters in the story are well portrayed, strong, and memorable, and they will remain in the minds of readers for a long time.

Ingrid McCarthy

Thank you, Mamta. I am thrilled to hear that you found Theodor's Choice a compelling read and worth 5 stars. You've made my day. I look forward to receiving comments from other readers.