I have really started to love a good mystery. I don't know maybe it is the fact that my brain likes putting things together or that I don't know exactly how it will end (mysteries often have plot twist.) I have really enjoyed Beyond The Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse.
This book has an interesting character in Lillian. She is brave and independent but still very God-fearing. I like how she is balanced in obedience to God, herself and then elders/employers. I think today we lose a lot of that balance and women are just plowing along. Often times books with strong female leads take liberties of making them without good character (morals). This isn't the case with Beyond The Silence.
Another thing is this book has a great story. It opens with a murder and then just flies on from there. The love story is very subtle, I think it could have been expanded on a little bit but I just love how Lillian falls in love with the whole family. The ending was really good with everything sorted out (I hate when books leave loose ends!)
The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth. . . .
Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know.Still, something dark did happen in the family's past. Lillian's seven-year-old charge hasn't spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love---or will it endanger her even more?
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