Monday, October 31, 2022

THE PREMONITION AT WITHERS FARM by Jaime Jo Wright, Reviewed by Paula and Rebecca

Wow, Jaime Jo Wright has done it again. She has taken a controversial creepy subject and managed to give a solid Christian slant to it.

Perliett in 1910 and Molly in the present are connected through murders and an old farm. “The past always seems to collide with the present.” Molly is struggling with grief after multiple miscarriages but is suddenly thrown into an old mystery when she and her husband Trent buy an old farmhouse with secrets. “Grief is a shadow man that follows us into our futures and swallows it up if we let him.” Perliett has lost her devout father. Her mother falls into spiritualism in order to connect with him in the afterlife. Peeliett is torn, trying to reconcile that with what she knows about the Bible. “Why. The unanswerable question of the ages.” Only God can show them the answers and He uses Dr. George Wasziak as a stable force in Perliett’s life.

See how Ms. Wright weaves together the past and the present in a creepily intriguing way. Always pointing us to the real Truth and the real God and His redemptions.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 5 stars and. A solid faith thread

"When death came to visit, no one ever prepared tea and cookies."
Perliett Van Hilton's mother, a spiritualist in the rural farming community of Kilbourn, Michigan was frequently in demand following the "death", "departing" . . . "murder" of a loved one, but after Eunice Withers' body was found bludgeoned to death in the family's cornfield, interest in communicating with the spirits of those who had stepped over to the other side took a decided uptick. Perliett on the other hand wasn't quite sure of her mother's abilities to communicate with the dead and deemed herself to be a healer of the living, incessantly butting heads with the local physician, George Wasziak, who sternly warned Perliett that just because she carried around an old apothecary box didn't mean that she could save anyone . . . apparently even herself, for it soon became apparent that the killer had turned his attention on Perliett.

Decades later Molly Wasziak and her husband Trent purchase a beautiful, but aging farm property, hoping to fulfill their dreams, or possibly to restore the ones that had already been destroyed. Sadly, Molly's depression following multiple miscarriages had become nearly debilitating. It wasn't long before the dilapidated old farm seemed to come alive, even in its state of disrepair. From the basement made of broken tomb stones to the strange sounds and visions that Molly was hearing and seeing, Molly sensed that her new surroundings were trying to communicate with her in some way. And then the unthinkable happens; a young woman is found murdered along the edge of their road. What kind of history was trying to repeat itself in this place?

If I didn't have complete and utter trust in this author's ability to weave a hair raising tale with a faith filled conclusion, I might have lifted not one, but two eyebrows as this story began to unfold. All the questions. So many questions. Ones that most of us have asked ourselves at one point or another but never voiced. Indeed, what a fragile barrier exists between what is seen and what is not seen, yet only God resides in both life and death, the author of truth, the finisher of our faith . . . we grieve, yet not without hope, even though there will always be things that we cannot explain or fully understand. What a fabulous, fascinating story!

"Truth was valuable and not to be trifled with."
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 

BackCover Blurb:

The voices of the past cannot stay silent forever.

In 1910 Michigan, Perliett Van Hilton is a self-proclaimed rural healer, leaving the local doctor convinced she practices quackery. It doesn't help that her mother is a spiritualist who regularly offers her services to connect the living with their dearly departed. But when Perliett is targeted by a superstitious killer, she must rely on both the local doctor and an intriguing newcomer for assistance.

In the present day, Molly Wasziak's life has not gone the way she dreamed. Facing depression after several miscarriages, Molly is adapting to her husband's purchase of a peculiar old farm. A search for a family tree pulls Molly deep into a century-old murder case and a web of deception, all made more mysterious by the disturbing shadows and sounds inside the farmhouse.

Perliett fights for her life, and Molly seeks renewed purpose for hers as she uncovers the records of the dead. Will their voices be heard, or will time forever silence their truths? 

Bethany House Publishing, October, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and hardcover



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