Author: Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth.Review:
Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know.
Still, something dark did happen in the family’s past. Lillian’s seven-year-old charge hasn’t spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love–or will it endanger her even more?
This story opened with a bang. From the first paragraph, it was hard to put down. I have found out, that when these two authors write a story together, that is how their books will be. The story takes you through so many places and lets you see it from several different eyes, it keeps you turning the pages.
Right off the bat, I felt so bad for Jimmy Colton, the little boy in the story. You can't blame him for not talking after enduring what he has. His family is strong, I will say. Lillian I thought was a good character. She had a good life growing up, but later dealt with abuse. Instead of living with it, she drew up her strength and left it, despite the emotions she felt. I liked her fortitude. Woody Colton, goodness, if there was ever a man with the patients of Job, he had it. An innocent man haunted with past that he didn't do. It would be enough to make a person run, but he doesn't.
I enjoyed this story a lot. I love how they were able to capture the mystery into a historical fiction story. It gave the genre a fresh feel. I love when authors can do that, and Tracie and Kimberly did that superbly with this book! The characters were well structured and the background setting made the elements pop and enhanced the story.
4 out of 5
About the Author:
Kimberley Woodhouse is a multi-published author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she's shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado.
Lillian Porter takes a chance on a new job and a new future . . . but rumors surrounding her job make Lillian begin to wonder if she made the right choice in Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse's Beyond the Silence. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know . . . but soon the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?
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Thank you to Bethany House Publisher and Litfuse Publicity, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.