Wednesday, April 19, 2023

AFTER THE SHADOWS by Amanda Cabot, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

A new historical series has the setting in a small town in Texas. Emily is returning to Sweetwater Crossing after the death of her husband. She is not sorry to come back until she discovers her pastor father has died and her sister does not believe that her husband kept letters from reaching her family. So much happens in one day! The new, widowed school teacher arrives to find his boarding house has burned. Emily offers her family home to Craig, son Noah and Mrs. Carmichael, the landlady without a home. The relationship between Craig and Noah was sweet and showcased a caring involved father.

Ms. Cabot continues her story with mystery, blooming romance and prejudices common to the times and small communities. She brings the characters to life and shows that Christian principles were lived out, as well as illustrates evil to overcome.

I look forward to the next in the series as Louisa, a younger sister, takes center stage.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Revell Reads Review program. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid faith thread. 

BackCover Blurb:
A brighter future awaits--if she can escape the shadows of the past

Emily Leland sheds no tears when her abusive husband is killed in a bar fight, but what awaits her back home in Sweetwater Crossing is far from the welcome and comfort she expected. First she discovers her father has died under mysterious circumstances. Then the house where the new schoolteacher and his son are supposed to board burns, leaving them homeless. When Emily proposes turning the family home into a boardinghouse, her sister is so incensed that she leaves town.

Alone and broke, her family name sullied by controversy, Emily is determined to solve the mystery of her father's death--and to aid Craig Ferguson, despite her fears of men. The widowed schoolmaster proves to be a devoted father, an innovative teacher, and an unexpected ally. Together they must work to unmask a killer and escape the shadows of their own pasts in order to forge a brighter future.

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot transports you to 1880s Texas Hill Country for a brand-new series that will have you flipping pages to solve the mystery and get to the happily-ever-after you long for.

Revell Publishing, March 2023
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