A RECKONING ON GOSSAMER POND by Jaime Jo Wright, Review by Paula Shreckhise
Jaime is a wordsmith indeed. She has deftly woven a tale through two time periods. Her insight into the human condition is a wonder to behold. Her descriptions are pure poetry. From page ten: “ The shaft of sunlight seemed to lead a path straight to the carriage house doors where it collided with a darkness that could only be described as evil.” And from page 168: “The breeze rustled the new leaves on the oak and maple trees. Glowing almost emerald green with vegetation, the forest was beautiful. Like life should be if one could only look ahead and forget the ruins they’d left in the past.”
Jaime uses a bit of history to build her suspenseful, dual-time tale. The twin revivalists were based on real people as were some of the accounts of them. Jaime weaves a fascinating story around this history.
The story connects two heroines who lived a century apart. Libby is recounted in the spring of 1907 and Annalise’s tale is told in present day. Each of them is looking for real faith and forgiveness. But each also encounter evil. Where do these two lives converge? Annalise is striving to uncover old mysteries. Will her search endanger her own life? A myriad of old secrets is revealed about the inhabitants of their home town- but will the answers to the questions they raise be worth it? Annalise ponders: “The well-mapped world she lived in had exploded into shrapnel that spanned centuries. It had created a puzzle that was missing many, many pieces.” Jaime peels back the layers of the secrets masterfully.
The Gospel message of Grace, Hope and Forgiveness rings true in the words of Jacobus, one of the twin revivalists, as he is quietly leading Libby along in her faith.
Romance comes from an unlikely direction. And an almost kiss is as good as the real thing!
If you enjoy riveting mystery with a gothic twist, grab this book! But beware! It will hook you and not let go.
BACK COVER BLURB:
For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she's wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she'll uncover.
A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father's newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon's son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town--but it isn't until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they've waded into.
Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it's too late and they lose their future--or their very souls.
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