Check out these two new Christian suspense books that will keep you racing through the pages late into the night!
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not really a ghost story, because the only ghost the author believes in is the Holy Ghost. Only ghosts of memories, buried secrets, and the consequences of man’s inhumanity to man populate the story.
Likewise, the curse has nothing to do with witches, voodoo, or magic. But the author does reveal the curse of consequence—the consequence of not truthfully dealing with our mental hygiene and family history.
Once again, Wright weaves together two stories—each spanning a hundred years. When Thea Reed arrives in Pleasant Valley, WI in 1908, she hopes to find information about her mother. Pleasant Valley seems rife with mystery and conflict relating to a feud between the Kramers and the Coyles. Local gossips tell weird tales of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman whose spirit haunts the woods.
As she settles into the life of the town, Thea finds herself drawn to Simeon Coyle and the Amos family. They provide bulwarks of reason in a town that seems mad. When she stumbles upon a hospital for mentally ill deep in the woods near town, Thea’s life changes forever.
Heidi Lane, modern mess-up, single, and thirty-something, arrives in Pleasant Valley eager to figure out the meaning of a mysterious letter her mother sent her. Because her family has written her off as the ‘screw up’ that can’t do anything right, Heidi hasn’t seen her family for ten years, nor visited them in their new town.
When she spots her older sister walking down the street, Heidi ducks into an antique shop to avoid her. A photo she finds inside has a dead woman in it who looks just like her. The trajectory of her life will change as she tries to discover more about her doppelganger—and unravel the mystery of Misty Wayfair.
If you’re still not sure about the whole curse and ghost elements, let me show you what I mean. One of the most profound scenes takes place between Simeon and Thea as they discuss loneliness.
“When you see death face-to-face, you wish to know what lies after. I know one ghost exists. It is the ghost of my soul, suspended, with a choice to make. To acknowledge a Creator, or to acknowledge only myself and assume I am all I have.”Jaime Jo Wright
Readers who love suspense, mystery, history, and a good story will love this book. Readers who feel like they’re stuck in the present trying to understand their past, those who feel lonely, and those who feel as if they never get things right will adore this book. Readers will find themselves relating to both the prodigal and the older sister in profound ways. This one is going on the shelf to share and reread.I can't say enough good things about this new fiction release from @jaimejowright. #suspense #amreading #mentalillness Click To Tweet
Colleen Coble sweeps readers back to Washington in this third installment of the Lavender Tides series. This time, Bailey Fleming, Shauna and Grayson’s the long-lost youngest sister, disappears from Rock Harbor, MI just as Grayson arrives in search of her. He and Shauna wonder if they’ll ever track her down.
Bailey and her faithful cat Sheba escape Rock Harbor as mysterious men threaten her life. She no family to turn to and nowhere to go. And then she remembers the deed to a cabin in Washington that her ‘ex-husband’ gave her during their last encounter.
She makes her way to Lavender Tides and finds the cabin in disrepair, but a friendly neighbor at hand to help her fix it. When the friendly neighbor turns out to work for the FBI, Bailey feels betrayed by a handsome man—again.
When FBI agent Lance Phoenix sees smoke rising from a cabin known for sex trafficking activity, he stops by to offer his help to the new occupant. After all, he’ll do anything to find his younger sister, even help out a beautiful young woman who appears innocent but has mysterious ties to a trafficking ring.
After spending time repairing her cabin, Lance trusts his gut that she’s innocent—but then he makes a shocking discovery on her property.
Coble’s fast-paced writing keeps readers on the edge of their seats. She skillfully weaves in elements of other Lavender Tide stories without making the reader feel the need to stop and read the first two books (but don’t miss them, they’re excellent reads, too). Suspense fans of Dee Henderson and Cara Putman will love Coble’s books.Another great suspense book from @colleencoble! Don't miss it! #LavenderTides #amreading Click To Tweet
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