Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse's Beyond the Silence

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Rumors and gossip have destroyed more friendships, more careers, and more lives than I'd like to think. Fear and suspicion have destroyed even more. In the small town of Angels Camp, in the old west mining days in California, rumors, gossip, fear, and suspicion surround Woody Colton. In need of a nanny for his mute son, he advertises then invites Lillian Porter to join his household for little Jimmy. It's all on the up and up. The housekeeper is a motherly figure who helps create the family atmosphere for which Lillian is longing.

Interspersed among the chapters of growing happiness, we find chapters showing the desperation and depravity of the "bad guy" in the book. The sadness, hardness, anger, and even rage he embodies was hard for me to read about. Thankfully, it was short. Sometimes, even now, Christians live a life so filled with church friends and "good guys", we forget that there are truly people around us who have given themselves over to evil to one degree or another.

I liked this book because it pointed the reader to Jesus. Seeking God was a central theme. I really liked that, because it's interwoven in the story in a very natural way. The book had two authors, but it was written seamlessly. I couldn't tell when one or the other was writing.

It was clean. No bad language. No inappropriate behavior, if you know what I mean. I recommend it.

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Beyond the Silence

by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse   

Historical Romance
Bethany House    

The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth. . . .

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?

 Meet the Authors

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family---especially her three grandchildren---Rainy, Fox, and Max.

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Kim Woodhouse is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students throughout the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at more than 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters---you name it---she's written it. It wasn't until a dear friend challenged her to "do something with it," that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly "Extreme" home. 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Anything by Tracie Petersen is bound to be worth reading I think.

  2. This sounds so good. I would probably really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your review.


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