Lillian Porter takes a chance on a new job and a new future . . . but rumors surrounding her job make Lillian begin to wonder if she made the right choice in Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse’s Beyond the Silence.
There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife.
This accusation doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know . . . but soon the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm.
Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Suspense, Christian Fiction
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
PUBLICATION DATE: January 5, 2016
PAGES: 352 pages
The strength of this novel lies in its characters. Sometimes it takes me at least a couple of chapters to warm up even to the main characters in a novel. Not so in Beyond The Silence. I was immediately drawn to Jimmy, to Lillian, to Woody (more on him in a moment), to Mrs. Goodman, to Harry from the moment each appeared on the page. Peterson and Woodhouse brought them vividly to life, and these characters only grew more dear as the book progressed.
Woody. Oh my goodness. Tender. Raw. Godly. Trying to find hope in a world that has turned upside down for him. He had me at his first prayer – honest and vulnerable but still all man.
I also really liked the juxtaposition between Jimmy’s silence and the townsfolk’s … um.. NOT silence. While I did think the emphasis on the evils of gossip strayed into overkill on occasion, the comparison – between a character who knew everything and said nothing vs. a town who knew nothing and said everything – was sobering.
Bottom Line: Fans of historical fiction – particularly in a frontier setting – will enjoy this latest collaboration between Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. The characters alone make this well worth the read, and the thread of suspense just adds to the overall appeal. An enjoyable way to pass an evening or two 🙂
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review)
My Rating: 4 stars / Enjoyed it!
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1PtlZWv
About the Authors:
Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado.
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 below. 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!