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In 1885, Adria Fontaine has been sent away from her home to recover goods her malevolent father pirated on the Great Lakes during the Civil War. Hoping to find freedom away from her father, Adria arrives at Foxglove Manor--a stone house on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior--but senses only 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.
Centuries later, Kailey Gibson takes on a position as a nurse's aide at a senior home in a renovated old stone manor. Abducted as a child, she has nothing but locked-up memories of secrets and death, overshadowed by the chilling threat from her kidnappers that they may 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.
As the sinister mysteries of Foxglove Manor haunt two women separated by time, they will have to risk it all to banish the past's demons--including their own.
"Wright captivates with this eerie story of lost Civil War gold and a haunted manor. . . . While spiritual elements are subtle, Wright's fans will be thrilled with this haunting tale."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0764233904
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764233906
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.92 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #191,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a story of two women separated by centuries in time, whispers of hidden treasure and lake pirates, a whole lot of speculation, all shrouded in mystery & family secrets. Wright has a way of taking two seemingly different stories and weaving them ever closer together with each turn of the page. I was on pins and needles the whole time, peeping through my fingers at others, and gasping out loud over it all. Her writing is evocative, and her wording is an exquisite poetic absorbing of the soul & spirit. A delight to all five of your senses! I've read every single one of Wright's books, and she never fails to surprise me with the deeper spiritual meaning behind the story. It punches me in the gut every single time & makes me ponder it long after the end. Because at the very core, this is a story about knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt what our worth is in Christ. Learning how to not listen to those who tell us we are insignificant, drowning out the voices that haunt our thoughts that tell us we don't make a difference or have no value. Because to our Creator God, we have more value than any stash of hidden gold. In His eyes, we are a treasure worth more than all of the most expensive things in the world.
If you read but one book in your life, make it THIS one!
“We complicate our purpose in life too much. We try to define it, then build on it, until our ideals become man-made instead of God-directed.”
Jaime Jo Wright takes readers to the lonely shores of Lake Superior to tell the story of the forbidding Foxglove Manor and the secrets it’s kept for more than 130 years.
Anyone who has read a story written by Ms. Wright knows that when you pick one up, it’s not a book you’ll set aside easily. Such is true of her latest story which I finished in two sittings and am still contemplating three days later. She begins in 1885 with a young woman named Adria Fontaine who has been sent to the secluded Foxgove Manor, presumably to rest her mind and be companion to the owner. Having attempted suicide but failed, the depressed Adria has been packed off in the hope she will be out of society’s sight and perhaps discover the hiding place of a treasure her father is convinced was hidden by his betraying partner. But there are many secrets at the Manor, not the least of which is the ghost of a little girl named Lucy who died tragically years before. Adria must find the answers her father seeks or he will never let her alone. But no one at the Manor seems willing to help Adria in her search nor set her mind at ease about the mysterious night sounds. What is really hidden in the Manor and what does it have to do with the deceased child and Confederate treasure? Fast forward to the present and Kailey Gibson has come to Foxglove Manor to serve as a nurse’s aide and care for her autistic brother, Jude. Her connection to the Manor began as a child but her memories are cloudy and seemingly filled with pain – something she would like to change by coming back. But she also carries the secrets of her kidnapping as a child that have created a mind block for that time in her life. Kailey has to find answers if she’s going to move beyond her past and make a future for herself and Jude. But what begins as a journey into the past leads to more than Kailey ever dreamed and the answers she seeks will come at an incredible cost. If she keeps digging, someone might put an end to her search permanently. Clearly, there is a complex and secret ridden story going on here and readers need to be prepared for it. But Ms. Wright has a way of taking the huge web of information and weaving it into a story that is tied together perfectly. Each chapter reveals just a little more of the picture and uncovers a new piece of the puzzle that just need to be fitted into place. I loved how nothing was given away unless necessary to move the story forward and that all the questions were answered at the end of the story. The chapters moving between time periods were very well done so they flowed together in perfect harmony. I never felt jolted by a change in time and felt it kept the tension of the stories at just the right level of anxiety. This story needs no help in convincing readers to finish it – honestly, if you can put it down before you finish, I would be very surprised. I will certainly be recommending it to others very highly so that they can jump into this incredible story too. I’m also looking forward to reading it again soon so I can see it I missed anything the first time around.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher in order to provide a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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In 1885, Adria Fontaine has been sent to get goods back that her father, a pirate on the Great Lakes, stole during the US Civil War. She arrives at Foxglove Manor in rural Wisconsin, overlooking Lake Superior, and she does not have a good feeling about the property. She sees figures in windows and no one seems to give her straight answers. She is taken in by a cranky and mean older woman, seemingly owing something to her father. The house is full of secrets and they surround Adria with danger.
In the present, Kailey Gibson has just signed on as a nurse's aide at a senior's home in the very same Foxglove Manor and brought her brother Jude along with her. She was kidnapped as a child, but no one believed her and she doesn't remember much of it anyway. The residents of the home start to tell stories of ghosts, of whispers, of treasure hidden at the manor. She'll have to decide how far she wants to pursue the stories as she drags up old memories and forges new connections.
I loved the writing. I loved the suspense, the intrigue, and the story. I love how Wright can weave a story that seems to be a ghost story but all has plausible explanations at the end. And another thing I love about Wright's writing is that she brings in characters with struggles that we can relate to. In this case, Kailey's brother Jude has autism. In other books, she's brought in anxiety, medical conditions, and other traits that I don't find are often tackled, or at least not well. Jaime Jo Wright does it well.
If you are looking for a suspenseful story with twists and turns, the history of old Great Lakes piracy (which I didn't know existed! I live an hour from Lake Erie... I wonder how much pirating went on around me....), and romance in places no one was looking for it, this is the book for you.
Please give it a shot, even if you're not normally into ghost stories. They always resolve themselves when Jaime Jo Wright writes them, and they are never what you think they're going to be. A great writer has delivered yet another wonderful book!
Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.