“We can’t in good conscience allow you to be misled. You simply cannot work for that murderer!” Lillian is warned in Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse’s novel, Beyond the Silence.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-fifty-two pages, this historical fiction targets those that enjoy books involving the late nineteenth century in California. Using the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the story has no profanity, but topics of physical abuse and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes a note to the reader, acknowledgments, and advertisements.
In this tale set in 1890 near Angeles Camp, California, unmarried Lillian Porter has left her grandfather in Indiana to hopefully follow her deceased parents’ dream to live out West. Securing a position as a nanny of mute seven-year-old Jimmy, she wonders how his father, Woodward Colton, could have been involved in the death of his mother years ago. Instantly loving the little boy who will not speak out of fear, the woman tries to get beyond the boy’s silence. Meanwhile, Woodward’s walls of insecurities and hurt start to crack as he falls in love with the newcomer. When the housekeeper is attacked, everyone questions if the murderer is back for a specific reason.
This is a quick read that shows how gossip can not only ruin one’s reputation but become a thorn in the flesh for an entire town that refuses to listen to the truth. I like how the writers blended the characters’ personalities when it came to trusting in God for support and forgiveness.
~ Why Not ~
Some readers may notice the story is predictable from the beginning, but they will like how it will keep their attention.
~ Who ~
Award winning author of over one hundred novels, Peterson focuses on both historical and contemporary genre. Woodhouse is a multi-published author, speaker, teacher, and homeschooling parent.
~ Wish ~
With the story being predictable, it would have been nice to include more twists regarding Lillian and Woodward’s relationship.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a novel that has romance blended with olive groves and gossip while solving a murder and attempted murder, this may be a good selection.
Thanks to Bethany House for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on my unbiased, honest opinion.
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