Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright Book Review


1907 - A newspaper, Libby, Elijah, Calvin, Reverend Mueller, the Corbin twins (Jedidiah and Jacobus), the Greenwood family, Paul Darrow.

Present day - Annalise, Garrett, Christen, Brent, Nicole, Brian, Tyler, Gia, the Greenwood family of present day.

The Hayes family of 1907 and present day.

The same newspaper existed in 1907 as it does in the present day.

There is such an overlap in all of these characters with similarities in their stories that my head kept spinning. They all have secrets that are slowly revealed through these pages with some surprises thrown in. Libby was harboring a secret that she finally had to let go of. Annalise and Garrett were harboring a secret that they finally had to come to grips with and accept.

The underlying theme through these pages is forgiveness and giving just a little bit of grace to others even in their darkest hours. Also, as is traditional for this author, a building is involved, this one being the newspaper building, with Gossamer Grove’s history hidden in the basement in a dark corner. Secrets that were only uncovered because of the curiosity of Annalise and her bravery in seeking the answers as to why the Mr. Hayes of her day left his trailer to her. He was a bit of a mystery himself in that he was a recluse, but why was he searching for answers that Annalise didn’t even know questions existed for? And, just how close was he to tying everything together?

If you have never read one of this author’s works, I highly recommend you do, especially if you like dual timelines with intersecting stories connecting the past to the present. I’ve said it before, for me, historical fiction has to be interesting, there has to be a deeper story, this author nails it … every … single … time.

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