Sunday 6 January 2019

Sherlock Holmes and the Glad Game by Matt Ferraz

Sherlock Holmes and the Glad Game
British sleuth Sherlock Holmes can solve any mystery from a small clue. American traveler Pollyanna Whittier can only see the good side of every situation. The only thing they have in common is their friendship with Dr. John Watson. When Pollyanna shows up in London with a mystery for Holmes to solve, she decides to teach the detective the Glad Game: a way of remaining optimistic no matter what. A dangerous - and hilarious - clash of minds, where these two characters of classic literature need to learn how to work together in order to catch a dangerous criminal.  (Summary via Goodreads)

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, you will LOVE this interpretation of them.  Matt Ferraz shows you a delicate side to the detective and doctor in Sherlock Holmes and the Glad will be GLAD you read it !!!

In Sherlock Holmes and the Glad Game Doctor Watson is dealing with the apparent death of Sherlock Holmes.  Holmes went to confront an enemy and the two were last seem falling over a cliff.  Even though the bodies were never found, it is presumed they both died.  While Watson is trying to come to terms with the death of his friend, Holmes landlady, Mrs. Hudson meets and introduces Watson to Pollyanna.  Pollyanna is an American who is in London for medical attention.  

Pollyanna had an accident that landed her in a wheelchair.  The American doctors said she would never walk again however, a doctor in London said that he could heal her.  So her family and town raised money so that she could travel to London for treatment.

When Watson meets Pollyanna he is drawn to her and when he finds out the doctors name, he feels he must step in because he feels she is being taken advantage of.  Watson cannot understand how Pollyanna can be so happy all the time and see bad things as being Pollyanna teaches him the Glad Game.  You find something to be glad about in every situation and then things look better .....  Even though Watson stepped in and the doctor, Tate, tells Pollyanna she is "healed" and sends her money back to her and she is returning to America, she tells Watson she is glad for she was able to meet him, his wife and Mrs. Hudson.

Years later after Holmes does in fact return.....he did survive the fall and lost his way for a few years but does Pollyanna !!  As a married woman !!  Unfortunately the man that she married is anything but what he says he is.....  He meets with Holmes and Watson to hire them....  this leads them on a case that even Pollyanna's Glad Game will be hard to follow......

Sherlock Holmes and the Glad Game takes you back in time to when Pollyanna was young and in love, brings you back to the present when she is married but it isn't what it looks like......and with Holmes and Watson on the case and both having developed a strong relationship with Pollyanna will do whatever it takes to ensure that she continues playing the Glad Game for many years......

You will have a hard time putting this story down until you finish it.  You will also fall in love with Pollyanna and her contagiously happy personality.  You will find yourself well invested in finding out the truth behind Pollyanna's marriage and will also want to see her happy and in love again !!!

Ferraz will draw you in and keep you captivated from the first word until you've read the final word and close the book.....but don't worry it is a good journey to go on and you are in very good hands.......and you may even catch yourself playing the Glad Game as well.

Review by Missi S.

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