Wednesday, December 1, 2021

BEHIND LOVE'S WALL by Carrie Fancett Pagels, reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

I once visited Mackinac Island and was mesmerized by the beauty and history there. I long to go back. I am so glad I get to visit anew when I read a book by Carrie Fancett Pagels. This dual time book made it doubly amazing because I saw it through two sets of eyes, in 1895 and 2020.

“God could set aside the past and heal their hearts. And there were new beginnings.”

Not only did Ms. Pagels do an incredible job weaving the two storylines together through an old journal, she also tied this book to others she has written. Both historical and modern settings capture the unique flavor of the island. The characters were well drafted and highly interesting. Willa and Lily are both looking for clues to their parentage and are hiding secrets about their pasts. “The wall that she had built around her heart was beginning to feel less like cement and more like an evergreen hedgerow. And those could be trimmed and even cut down.” They learn that building walls rarely helps things and to uncover the truth can set them free.

Using her expertise, Ms Pagels also sheds light on psychological problems, as well as medical ailments that can masquerade as mental issues.

This story was deftly layered and the plot was extremely intriguing. I loved the whole thing!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
The Grand Hotel Slowly Reveals Her Secrets

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Two successful women, a hundred-and-twenty-years apart, build walls to protect their hearts. Modern-day Willa, a successful interior decorator, is chosen to go to Mackinac Island and consult for the Grand Hotel’s possible redesign. During work on a room, she discovers a journal detailing the struggles of a young woman, Lily—which reveals dark secrets. The renowned singer wasn’t who she pretended to be.

As Willa reaches out to Lily’s descendant, a charismatic and prominent landscape artist, she lets down her guard. Should she share the journal with him—revealing hidden history—or once again erect a wall as she struggles to redesign both the Grand and her life?

Barbour Publishing, November 2021
Available in digital ebook and paperback

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