Two years after her husband dies, Kaine Prescott decides to move across the country, impulsively buying an old abandoned home in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. Convinced that her husband was murdered and his murderer is stalking her, but unable to prove it, she attempts to move on and start over. Only the strange events that were taking place in California to her begin to occur in Wisconsin, increasing Kaine’s suspicions. Meanwhile, a century earlier, Ivy Thorpe helps her father identify a dead woman found in a tree near the old house on Foster Hill. As she untangles the mystery, odd discoveries cause her to question the strange happenings at the old house. Danger mounts for both Ivy and Kaine as their investigations lead to more similarities that crosses decades and ties together at an old house.
This story is a perfect blend of mystery and suspense! I liked how the two story lines were separated by time but connected in a very unique way and I did not find them to be confusing at all. This author may be fairly new, but her writing style, creative plot, and suspenseful story craft a novel that speaks of an experienced writer. I had a hard time putting the book down! I really enjoyed the tasteful romance and sprinkles of history as well. There is definitely enough spooky suspense enough to keep you up at night. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to more from this author!
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Lucy Drake loves her job as a decoder of Morse code at the Associated Press news agency, where she uses her skills to be the first to discover news around the world. But since the Associated Press has not yet finished its sub-Pacific cable line, she has to interact with the insufferable Sir Colin Beckwith, a rival at the British news agency Reuters and her source for Eastern news. As she and Colin spar during work hours, she realizes that he could be helpful to her long-standing family feud and lawsuit. But when Lucy decodes a secret message that has larger implications than herself, she turns to Colin to help her, endangering them both and entangling them in a precarious game.
This particular book grabbed me from the first page and did not let go until the last. One of my favorite parts of Elizabeth Camden’s books is her ability to craft such deep characters with realistic and engaging struggles; this novel is no exception! I absolutely loved Lucy. She has made mistakes, like any one of us, but she has a loyalty to her family and develops a deeper sense of morality and peace as the story develops. The historical setting is really fascinating, tackling a lot of interesting topics at the turn of the century, and the author’s dedication to thoroughly researching the history is admirable. I also was impressed with the amount of suspense and mystery in this book and surprised by all the twists and turns. I most highly recommend this book!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Bear McKinley sacrificed everything for his family ten years ago before leaving for Brazil to perform noble work. But when he finds himself back home again in Maple Valley, he is once again charged with caring for his family, this time for his missing brother’s children. He reconnects with Raegan, his childhood friend. Raegan had been fine with her part-time jobs and home life until Bear comes back to town and disrupts her life while also instilling her love of art once more. But as Bear finally begins to settle in at Maple Valley, his brother’s mystery begins to cause danger and strife once again. Raegan and Bear must work together to save their family and their town.
I have loved all of Melissa Tagg’s books and especially this series set in Maple Valley. The town has worked its way into my heart and makes me feel as if I can picture its storefronts and its residents with its descriptive scenes. This story has its own unique plot that has realistic, applicable spiritual truths. The author captivates me with memorable characters, full of wit and humor but also broken and in the process of healing, with deep spiritual struggles and growth. I really liked Bear and Raegan individually, but together they are wonderful! These are not merely good books, but remarkable novels that stick with you for some time. I am happy to put this book on the shelf to read over and over again and recommend it highly to all readers!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.