Monday, September 25, 2023

THE SECRETS BENEATH by Kim Woodhouse, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

What a wonderful start to a new series. I always wanted to be an archeologist and now I get to live it vicariously through this book. It was informative but so much more than an old pile of bones. The suspenseful tension was woven throughout the whole book.

After a flash flood in 1878 Wyoming, fossils are discovered on a neighboring property by Anna Lakeman and her father, Peter. Anna wants credit for being a paleontologist and an artist chronicling the bones. When a health incident keeps her father bedridden, she becomes the supervisor at the dig.

Joshua Ziegler returns from Chicago where he is in training to be a doctor. Helping out on the dig site, Joshua re-connects with Anna after a painful parting three years ago.

The story was mystifying at times and problems surfaced making it interesting and exciting. Anna and Joshua were both Christians and sought to please God but had some maturing to do. A clear Gospel message was presented naturally and realistically. Forgiveness and showing kindness were themes.

I was kept on my toes wondering which protagonist posed the greatest threat.

Ms. Woodhouse has set the stage for what promises to be a delightful series.
*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

BackCover Blurb:
Some secrets can only stay buried for so long. . . .

Anna Lakeman has spent her life working alongside her paleontologist father, drawing intricate sketches at every dig. When they find dinosaur bones near their home in Wyoming Territory, they're given the opportunity of a lifetime and are swiftly caught up in the competitive era of the Bone Wars. But after her father becomes sick and Joshua Ziegler, an old beau, returns for the summer, Anna's world is upended, and the practical, orderly life she has made for herself shatters.

Medical student Joshua Ziegler left his hometown to forget Anna, the one woman he truly loved and deeply hurt. But when he returns, time hasn't erased the feelings they've always had for each other. After Joshua's nephew goes missing--just like his sister did years ago--and Anna's job is threatened, tensions mount and dangerous secrets are unearthed. 

Bethany House Publishing, September, 2023
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