Reviewed by Charity Lyman
Normally a book that is co-authored ends up somewhat choppy. Thankfully, this was definitely not the case with this new novel from Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. In Beyond The Silence, I found a story written by two famous authors that came together seamlessly. It is an excellent historical novel that had me turning pages – or flipping them the best I could on my Kindle – as fast as I could to find out the ending. And not only does it have an intriguing plot but both authors truly bring their own expertise to the table in a big way.
Lillian, or Lily to her friends, travels west to take the position of nanny to a little boy who won’t talk. She leaves an elaborate home with her grandfather, wanting to make her own way in the world and not be kept cooped up. Unfortunately, her departure has her grandfather disowning her. When she arrives in Angels Camp, California, Lily learns with some dismay that the man she will be working for was accused of murdering his wife. Even though he was cleared, many people in the community still believe he killed her. But Lillian sticks to her plans after meeting Mr. Woody Colton, determined to become a friend and teacher to little Jimmy. What comes after is an entertaining story, fraught with suspense, humor, a little bit of romance and even some Bible lessons.
I really had a fun time with this book. The characters were very realistic, down to Darwin, the evil dude. Harry, Darwin’s brother, was such a delight and I loved reading the parts that included him. Most authors shy away from characters with mental issues but these authors handled it head on and created a character who was easy to love. His innocence and delight in the little things just made me want to hug him. The cook and housekeeper, Mrs. Goodson, was also a favorite. And last, but not least, there were Woody and Lily. Seeing the devotion Woody had for his olives, the love that Lily had for little Jimmy, and the friendship that brought them both together was beautiful. My only complaint? The ending seemed a bit rushed but I loved every minute of this book nonetheless. Excellent read!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.
Tracie and Kimberley are celebrating the launch of Beyond the Silence with a Loaded Fire Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on February 11!
One grand prize winner will receive:
One copy of Beyond the Silence
A Kindle Fire 7
A $50 Amazon gift card to load your Fire with books
Enter today by clicking the icon above. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/11. The winner will be announced at the Beyond the Silence Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie, Kimberley, and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!