Friday, January 15, 2021

FOREVER HIDDEN and ENDLESS MERCY by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

This is a story of many hidden secrets. Would those secrets be kept or would their revelation cause heartache years later?

The Powell family has known heartache and tragedy and they move with Grandfather Chuck Bundrant to Nome, Alaska and build a substantial dairy farm complete with chickens to serve the people of Nome. Life is busy and hard in such a fierce climate but the three daughters of Melissa Powell have their music and their faith to sustain them. When health problems loom, God sends an old friend to help out. John Roselli arrives at the farm to deliver a package to Chuck from his grandfather who has passed on. Chuck gives John the job of foreman, as God provides for all during this time of adjustment and upheaval. So many secrets, so much to work through.

The characters were all well developed and there is just the right amount of tension to make an great story. It is lightened by the antics of the granddaughters and their farm animals.

Love and trust grow and surprises are in store.

But the story is not quite complete. It continues in the next book: ENDLESS MERCY. (see below)

Two of my favorite authors give us an atmospheric tale of Nome, Alaska and an interesting family.
*I won a copy of this book from the author via AFCW Book Club. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

5 stars and a solid faith thread. 

BackCover Blurb:
For Havyn Powell, growing up on her grandfather Chuck Bondrant's dairy outside the 1904 gold-rush boomtown of Nome, Alaska, offered all she needed. She had the love of her mother, two sisters, and grandfather. But now, at 23, Havyn realizes the stability of her life may soon vanish. Havyn is determined to find a way to keep the family together, but her grandfather's health is declining and everyone seems to be holding secrets from each other, including the handsome, dark-haired stranger who recently arrived.

John Roselli arrives in Nome looking for a steady, consistent job. He has grown tired of the promises of getting rich quick and just wants an honest job with honest pay. His grandfather once knew a Chuck Bondrant, and so when John arrives at the dairy, he's quickly offered a job--and a path to more if he wants it.

Havyn's plan for helping out the family means using her beautiful singing voice and her sisters' musical talent at a local roadhouse. They're an immediate hit, and it looks like her plan will be a success. But the spotlight brings with it dangerous eyes that covet Havyn and are jealous as she and John grow ever closer. But will they realize the peril before it's too late?

Bethany Publishing, January 2020
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Life has dealt a few blows to the Powell sisters and their grandfather Chuck Bundrant. In book one we heard about Hayven and John. Endless Mercy tells of youngest sister Madysen. Red-headed Madysen Powell certainly lives up to the reputation reheads have gained. She is exuberant, headstrong, opinionated and a bit naive having just turned 21.

The girls each have their favorite animals to care for on the farm. Maddy has chosen sheep and a new venture- cheese making. But the family knows little about sheep cheese. Help comes in the form of Daniel Beaufort, son of a local merchant.

Danger lurks in the frozen town as does the lure of fame and fortune for Maddy, one of the musically talented Powell sisters. Complications also arise when a father who was believed dead shows up. Can the sisters find it in their hearts to forgive a man who abandoned them so long ago? Can this family find Mercy and make a fresh start? God can and does lead them in their journey in harsh Nome, Alaska.

I enjoyed this book but not quite as much as Havyn’s story. I am looking forward to book three and Whitney’s story.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
4 stars strong faith thread. 

BackCover Blurb:
Madysen Powell has always been a forgiving person, but when her supposedly dead father shows up in Nome, Alaska, her gift for forgiveness is tested. With the recent loss of her mother, she searches for answers, leaning on Granny Beaufort, a neighbor in town, who listens with a kind heart. Still, Madysen is restless and dreams of performing her music around the world. The arrival of a traveling show could prove just the chance she needs, and the manager promises more than she ever dreamed.

Daniel Beaufort arrives in Nome, searching for his own answers after the gold rush leaves him with only empty pockets. Still angry about the death of his loved ones, he longs to start fresh but doesn't have high hopes until he ends up helping at the Powell dairy making cheese. Drawn to the beautiful redhead with big dreams, will deceptions from the past tear apart any hope for the future?

Bethany House Publishers, January 2021
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