In "Whatever Happened to Alex Manning?", Kim Scott transports the reader back to another era. Alex Manning is the only son and heir of a wealthy Maine shipbuilder. Over the years, as he grows and gains his maturity, he is witness to many of his family's dark secrets and senseless tragedies. His journey from the lap of luxury to endless toil in the textile mills and back again, kept this reader enthralled. In addition, Ms. Scott's painstaking attention to detail paints a vivid portrait for a time long gone by. Having hailed recently from Maine, I also enjoyed her descriptions of the seasons and the frequent storms that plague the region. If you enjoy historical sagas, I think this first book in the Manning Family Saga may be right up your alley!