Saturday, January 30, 2016

Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson & Kimberly Woodhouse, Historical Romance [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN13: 9780764214103
Bethany House $14.99 Paperback
My thoughts: The collaborative writing of prolific authors Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse has brought a moving story to the Christian historical fiction realm. Laced with gossip, fear, suspicions, the world of Angels Camp, California is fertile ground for people to turn their backs on a family that is hurt and needful and living with intense sorrow.

Lillian Porter literally walks into this world and frankly has no recourse but to grit her lady-like teeth and stay put. She can't return to the life she has left and she has not the means to go elsewhere.

As the story unfolds, the tenderest victim is the young boy who is terrified and hasn't spoken a word since witnessing the horror. Lillian quickly wins his confidence, though not yet his voice, and begins to bring him back from the shadows.

This is a tender and yet strong read of a young woman who dares to speak out, who dares to venture forth, and who dares to love a young child and the man her heart speaks to.

A good read and worth the time.

About the book:  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?
Begins January 24
ENDS February 10  @ 12:01 a.m. ET. 
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the authors and Bethany House to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review. Giveaway prize copy is provided by the publicist and will be sent directly to winner by publicist or publisher.


  1. After reading your review I want to know what happened. :)
    Theresa N

  2. No I don't think I would be brave enough to get up and go west in the 1800"s, but I love to read about the pioneering period. It's one of my favorite historical times to read about.

  3. It's highly unlikely as I'm such an introvert. I'd like to think I'd take on an adventure. But I probably wouldn't step outside my comfort zone.

  4. Good question - I'm not sure if I could! Yet I've worked as a senior caregiver on and off for several years, as an introvert, and am always scared to knock on a new door - I guess if I needed to leave where I was, I would do so as a nanny isn't quite the same as a teacher or in another job where I have to teach or care for many new charges. Looking forward to reading this!

  5. I would say I probably would not. I don't think that I'm quite that brave!

  6. Not sure I would be that brave!

  7. I've read too many westerns about traveling west and all of the perils. I am all about comfort and safety. I think I would have to pass.

  8. I don't think that I could travel out West during that time period. I am not very adventurous.
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    Merry S.

  9. I am not sure that I would have gone cross country to become a nanny in the 1800's.

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  10. I think it would depend on how unhappy I was in my circumstances and if I felt God called me to do it.


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