By Xkoqueen on February 18, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
View from the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale by Elizabeth Horton-Newton is an alternate-history, romantic, thriller. I know that sounds like a lot to throw into one book, but Newton did it, and she did it well.
View from the Sixth Floor takes place in 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's death. The story is told in a first-person narrative by recent widow, Oliva Roberts. The tone has a chatty feel like that of a cozy mystery. She becomes obsessed with the idea of traveling to Dallas to learn more about President Kennedy’s assassination. She convinces Bill, her next door neighbor and late husband’s good friend, to accompany her on this road trip (Bill had promised Oliva’s husband he would take care of her after his death, and he is currently her best male friend and confidante.).
Once these two hit the road, the story really takes off! The other thing that takes off is Oliva and Bill’s relationship. They quickly grow from friends to lovers while on the road to Dallas. It was refreshing to read a story about a second- chance-at-love romance between two senior citizens. As their relationship heats up, so does the intrigue when Bill reveals a dark secret about himself. I won’t spoil the read by offering any more details!
I liked how Olivia blossomed from sad, tentative widow into a passionate, plucky, independent woman. What I didn’t like about Olivia was her attitude about spending time with other women. During her weekend away with two girlfriends, it becomes clear that she is one of those women who don’t enjoy the company of other women.
Secondary character, Judy, was a delightful and funny addition to the story. Her role is very small, but I enjoyed this character immensely.
Like a cozy mystery, the plot is slow at the start as the characters are introduced and the story premise is defined, but the pace does pick up. Olivia’s repeated proclamation that she loves Bill regardless of his past made me feel she was desperate for a man in her life.
View from the Sixth Floor is not your typical JKF conspiracy theory story. Newton has tastefully and compassionately written a story that focuses many of the people impacted by the events that took place in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963. More romance than mystery or a thriller, View from the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale is creative and well-written. I would recommend it to those who enjoy conspiracy theories, alternative history, mature romance or suspense.