Wednesday, April 27, 2022

SHADOWS IN THE MIND'S EYE by Janyre Tromp, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #BlogTour #NewRelease

Fantastic debut novel about Sam who, upon returning home after WWII, struggles with nightmares. While away during the war, Sam tried to hang on to the shadows of home to get him through the awful things that he experienced. Now the shadows of the war haunt him at the most unlikely times. But what others assume are figments of his war-torn imagination, turn out to be real threats. Sam wants to protect his family but no one believes him. His wife, Annie, thinks she is weak, but proved her strength in the years Sam was away. Previously, she stood up to her mobster father but could circumstances prove him to be a help to her or a hindrance?

A favorite character was Dovie May. Even though she has suffered a stroke and seizures, she is feisty and the voice of reason and Godly wisdom. “You’d think holding joy right up against sadness would shatter a body. But it don’t. Joy... it sneaks in all around where things is broke, sticks it all together, and finds a way to make you whole. It’s where things is broke that the joy shows through.” “ The same God who made rainbows and sunshine also made thunder and lightning. I have to believe He knows what He is doing.”
The author tells such a vivid story with danger and hidden turmoil that I believe it would make a memorable movie!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel through I Read With Audra. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 5 stars and. Strong faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:

Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on—responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who’s come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam’s experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand—but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn’t the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she’s terrified he’s going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam’s mental wounds—or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

Debut novelist Janyre Tromp delivers a deliciously eerie, Hitchcockian story filled with love and suspense. Readers of psychological thrillers and historical fiction by Jaime Jo Wright and Sarah Sundin will add Tromp to their favorite authors list.

To read an excerpt of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye, click here. 

To buy SHADOWS IN THE MIND'S EYE visit Amazon, Baker Book House, or Christianbook .com  


About the author:

Janyre Tromp (pronounced Jan-ear) is a historical suspense novelist who loves spinning tales that, at their core, hunt for beauty, even when it isn’t pretty. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and coauthor of It’s a Wonderful Christmas

A firm believer in the power of an entertaining story, Tromp is also a book editor and published children’s book author. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, two kids, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. 

You can find her on Facebook (@JanyreTromp), Instagram (@JaynreTromp), Twitter (@JanyreTromp), and her website, where you can download a free copy of her novella, Wide Open.


“Tromp weaves a complex historical tale incorporating love, suspense, hurt, and healing—all the elements that keep the pages turning.”

~ Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials

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- A copy of Shadows in the Mind's Eye,

A custom made silver peach tree necklace inspired by the book,

- A "Light speaks through the broken places" t-shirt also inspired by the book.


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