Monday, January 25, 2016

Beyond the Silence

GIVEAWAY

PETERSON, TRACIE
WOODHOUSE, KIMBERLEY
BEYOND THE SILENCE

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know--and Mrs. Goodman, Woody's long-time housekeeper, is decisively on Woody's side--but many in town stay far away from Lillian because of her association with the Colton family.

Lillian's six-year-old charge, Jimmy, was there when his mother died, and he hasn't spoken a word since. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to tell her the truth about what happened. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?


My Review:

Argh!  Most despicable sheriff in the West. And the townsfolk aren't much better. My stomach roiled every time they were in a scene and I wanted to take them all to task. Luckily Lillian, for all that she's led a sheltered life, stood up to the scoundrels. Took the words right out of my mouth, as a matter of fact. Her willingness to stand up against a crowd of vicious gossip mongers made me a fan. You go girl! The warning against gossip and passing judgements is the clear message in this story but it felt exaggerated in places and the resolution seemed abrupt and unrealistic to me.

Multiple points of view made the read interesting. The villain's viewpoint is menacing, little Jimmy's is heartrending and sweet Harry, a young man with a child-like mind is so sweet and pure. He is by far my favourite character of all. The authors masterfully weave these unique story threads together culminating in an action-packed climax.

A sweet romance, clouded by looming danger kept me turning pages. Woody is raw and vulnerable and so very lost. I love his willingness to take his fears and worries to the Lord; to backtrack and apologize when he lashes out in pain. He's been going through the motions since his wife's murder and only begins to realize that once Lillian appears on the scene.

Lillian is a breath of fresh air. She brings a fresh perspective to this wounded little family and begins to work miracles in short order. A satisfying mix of thwarted romance and sinister treachery make for a very enjoyable read.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Beyond the Silence please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 31 2016 . Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

34 comments:

  1. I am loving the cover of this book. It sounds really good too. Thanks, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  2. I would love to read this one!

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  3. Kav, throw my name in the hat, too, please. Thanks!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  4. This book sounds like it has it all - interesting characters, romance and suspense too! Glad you enjoyed it Kav. Please enter me.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. A great host of secondary characters too, which you can love or hate at will. :-) Good luck, Maryann.

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  5. Ooh, sounds interesting! I would love to be entered, Kav! Thanks :)
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    1. You're entered, Nicole. Good luck.

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  6. Anything Tracie writes is good.
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  7. Tracie I have read. Kim will be a new author for me. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. This is the second book they've written together and Kimberley wrote a suspense book with her daughter. Good luck, Kim.

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  8. I like both of these authors, so I'd like to read this book. Thanks.
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    Susan in NC

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    1. They make a good team. Good luck, Susanlulu.

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  9. Just finished the last book in the Seattle Bride series and I'm looking forward to reading this one. Her books are not to be missed.

    Deanne P.

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  10. What a great sounding book....thank you, Kav!

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  11. This one's on my want-to-read list already! Thanks for the chance :-)

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  12. I always enjoy Tracie's books. I haven't read any by Kim yet.
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    1. I don't think I'll ever catch up on Tracie's books, she's written so many! Good luck!

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  13. Love the storyline!

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  14. I can't wait to read this one!
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  15. Sounds great! Interesting to read a book written by two authors.

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    1. I can't imagine how two authors can work together but there are some great duos out there. Good luck, Patty.

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  16. Looks wonderful truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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  17. I haven't read any books by Tracie Petterson, but this one sure sounds great!

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