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The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

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about the book

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 façade. 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.

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my thoughts

I simply can’t resist Jaime Jo Wright’s books even though eerie suspense-y gothic mystery stories are so not my thing! The high quality of storytelling keeps drawing me back to this author’s work despite the covers that give me the willies and stories that make me squirm just a little more than I’d normally prefer.

Annelise and Libby’s stories combine for an edge of your seat, unputdownable read. The entire cast of characters is rich, complex, and unconventional and the small town setting is perfect for secrets, history, and mystery. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond possesses subtlety, authenticity, tangible emotion, a vivid setting, intricately intertwined storylines, genuine elements of faith, and a touch of romance. I recommend this wonderfully unexpected story!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Jaime Jo WrightProfessional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality.

She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures on her website.

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It’s good to stretch a bit out of your reading comfort zone from time to time in my humble opinion!

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