ON THE CLIFFS OF FOXGLOVE MANOR
GENRE: Inspirational Dual Timeline Suspense
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2021
Adria Fontaine has been sent to recover goods her father pirated on the Great Lakes during the war. But when she arrives at Foxglove Manor–a stone house on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior–Adria senses wickedness hovering over the property. The mistress of Foxglove is an eccentric and seemingly cruel old woman who has filled her house with dangerous secrets, ones that may cost Adria her life.
Kailey Gibson is a new nurse’s aide at a senior home in a renovated old stone manor. Kidnapped as a child, she has nothing but locked-up memories of secrets and death, overshadowed by the chilling promise from her abductors that they would return. When the residents of Foxglove start sharing stories of whispers in the night, hidden treasure, and a love willing to kill, it becomes clear this home is far from a haven. She’ll have to risk it all to banish the past’s demons, including her own.
“He had ruined death for her, and the hope of it.”
Wow! Wow! Wow! Make sure you have allotted some uninterrupted reading time before you start On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor because, once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. Sleep? Who needs it? Food? You can survive for a while without eating. Bathroom break? Take the book with you. I was so incredibly caught up in this latest offering from Jaime Jo Wright – the world could have ended and I might not have noticed.
Picture this: a remote stone manor house, perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior, harboring long-buried secrets and heartbreak, a legacy of broken lives in its wake. Two women, a century apart, both deeply affected by this house and its secrets, both determined to solve the mystery that swirls through its halls – and each putting her life in danger to do so. Rumors of Civil War treasures. Whispers about a little girl ghost. Murmurings of pirates and smugglers on the lake. And through all of this, the author weaves an intricate story with fascinating characters, building the suspense with just the right amount of secrets & foreboding at just the right time.
(side note: I could not help but think of Joey in Friends when he says, “You know I’m scared of little girl ghosts!” LOL)
Let’s talk about the romance for a minute, too. Because this is me… and while I would read this author’s books without any hint of romance, the sparks & tension & chemistry – and KISSES (hooray!) – in On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor are icing on the cake for me. My favorite romantical pairings from this author are in this book, and I could easily read more stories surrounding these characters. And while we’re speaking of characters, I must mention the supporting cast. Nobody we meet on these pages is there by accident, and each adds their own layers to this deliciously spooky story. I especially loved Jude, Kailey’s autistic older brother, and Raymond & Maddie.
Bottom Line: Jaime Jo Wright is both a pioneer & a master of Inspirational dual timeline suspense, and it’s perhaps never more evident than in On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor. I’m always a fan of a good ghost story, and Wright gives us one, while also (brilliantly) staying true to a Biblical worldview. The perfectly-done gothic elements add to the atmospheric appeal of the book, and the breathless romantic chemistry ramps up the already-high tension even more. Stunning twists, intriguing characters, and breathless suspense had me glued to the pages, and the way the author ties the two timelines together is nothing short of perfection.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / in a class by itself
KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion
Jaime Jo Wright is the author of six novels, including Christy Award winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She’s also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo; her husband, Cap’n Hook; and their littles, Peter Pan and CoCo. To learn more, visit www.jaimewrightbooks.com.
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