For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.
A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.
Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book! The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond is another mysterious, suspense filled, split time novel. A good split time novel is the best of both worlds for a lover of Historical Fiction and Modern day stories. I absolutely love the cover of this book. It is definitely a reflection of the story within and the overall atmosphere that the author sets for this novel. Jaime Jo Wright is ridiculously talented at writing a descriptive atmosphere in her novels. I was intrigued by the mysterious elements to this story, and was equally invested in both the modern and historical story lines. Several chapters would end in a bit of a cliffhanger type moment and I couldn’t wait to pick up the story line again.
Both story lines kept me guessing until the end and weaved together to connect these characters in spite of the time gap between their stories. This book was great at delivering two totally different types of suspense. The Libby’s story, the Historical one, offered a ominous type of suspense where I didn’t know who to trust or what direction the story would turn. It was the kind of suspense where you know something is about to happen, but you can’t quite predict what it is. Annalise’s story was a little more direct in its suspenseful moments. Annalise had to deal with several circumstances in which her safety, emotions, and daily routine were shattered. It is the heart pounding kind of suspense that keeps a reader on the edge of their seat, turning the pages.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a novel with mystery and suspense. If you don’t often read historical fiction a split time novel is the perfect way to dive into a Historical fiction story. Jaime Jo Wright has delivered another gripping split time novel that balances the historical and modern day time periods perfectly.
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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.