Sunday, November 28, 2021

THE LOST DUTCHMAN'S SECRET by Rebekah Jones, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Rumplestiltskin told 1920s style.

“To continue to dwell over and over on what you should or should not have done will change nothing. To continue to wallow in guilt seems to suggest that Christ’s blood is not enough.” “It is enough.” “Then let it be enough.”

What I liked about this retelling was the strong faith thread and how Dorothy was sheltered but had a living faith. Artie was also a Christian and tried his best to be a good son, brother and friend, being resourceful and caring for others. Dorothy trusted God but reluctantly trusted people. We see her grow spiritually and make friends through an unusual request. Her father was not likable, passing on his debt for Dorothy to repay, essentially abdicating his responsibility as a protecting father. It got bogged down a bit when Dorothy walked back and forth to Apache Junction and the Superstition Mountains.

A take away from this story was that searching for gold and the Lost Dutchman mine was all consuming for some and led to destruction. But those who had pure motives succeeded and did not crave wealth.

I am enjoying these fairytale retellings set in the 1920s.
*I received a complimentary ebook from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid faith thread 

BackCover Blurb:
There’s a deadly secret in them thar hills—and gold, or so they say.

Deeply in debt to a wealthy local, Charles Sinclair, Dorothy Hodges’ father finally promises she’ll pay and in gold, no less. If only Dorothy could take to take the promises he spins out of thin air and turn them into that gold, all would be well.

With the help of a strange, rumpled man, Dorothy does manage to bring payment to one of Sinclair’s sons only to discover it won’t pay off the debt. Will the next payment be enough? The next?

When Charles Sinclair ends up dead, Dorothy is the obvious prime suspect, but Sinclair’s son isn’t so certain. Together they work to clear her name and find the real murderer of the Superstitions, but will they find the answers buried in those hills?Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. The Lost Dutchman’s Secret offers a retelling of “Rumplestilskin” that requires more digging than a miner searching for The Lost Dutchman Mine.

Celebrate Lit Publishing, November, 2021

1 comment:

  1. Lovely review, Paula! The cover reminds me of "All That is Secret" by Patricia Raybon.


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