Today's Shadows (Lost Sanctuary) Paperback – December 1, 2012
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Becky is one of the best authors ever. You will not be sorry if you will pick up this book soon and read it. I couldn’t’ hardly put it down. Thank you, Becky for giving us all a GREAT story. (Debbie Epperson Deb 4 Reading 2012-10-28)
I LOVED IT! I will definitely be buying this book when it does come out as well as I look forward to reading more books written by this author!!
While house-sitting at a lakeside Victorian mansion, grad student Heather Conrad runs headlong into a forgotten past. A hidden stairway leads in surprising directions, but how will one woman’s story from the turn-of-the-century alter the course of Heather’s own life?
- Publisher : Barbour Publishing, Inc. (December 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616262400
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616262402
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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The characters were well developed and believable. The alter story about the mice was interesting but mostly irritating.
Would I recommend this? Yes because I liked the nail characters send writing. I would read sometime else by this author, but if it has all these flashbacks I will skip her in the future.
Izzy is precociously adorable and I cheered on her matchmaking attempts with great glee. Because while Ryan was more than willing, Heather was way too cautious. Completely understandable when you get to know her story, but oh, she gave me some nail-biting moments!
A stirring inspirational thread about recognizing God's deep and abiding love plays out in the lives of more than one character -- and it changes them for the better. Awesome stuff.
The kind of novel that carries a reader away into blissful enjoyment.
This is one of the best books I've read in a while. The story idea was new and interesting. There was enough action to make it exciting, but not so much that it was over-the-top and unbelievable. My favorite part of this book was the characters. They were perfectly true-to-life and quirky. Their actions and reactions were very real and didn't feel forced. Ryan was my favorite. He was an unusual hero, but he brought the story a little closer to home. After all, who doesn't know a dorky security guard who wishes he was a policeman? I thought he was endearing and charming. Izzy was another of my favorites. I thought seeing things from a child's viewpoint was a refreshing aspect to the story. I also like reading a story that is told from different peoples' point of view. Although Heather and Ryan are the main characters, we get to see it through the eyes of at least three of the supporting characters, which adds another layer of interest and intrigue.
The spiritual aspect of this book cannot be ignored. It was centered around women who feel that they don't measure up, and are always trying to be what the man in their life-whether it be a father, boyfriend or husband, wants them to be. Through Maggie's writings Heather comes to realize it doesn't matter if she measures up to what others expect. She is God's daughter, and He loves her no matter what. So many times in a really good book the spiritual message is pushed to the side, or barely there at all. But Ms. Melby hits it straight on in a way that makes it real, but not preachy. It literally brought tears to my eyes. I think it's an important message for women everywhere.
I can definitely say that Today's Shadows will not be the last of Ms. Melby's books that I will read. I'm even going to add it to my list of favorite books. It reminded me that the "perfect person" isn't always who you thought it would be. Sometimes it's the guy who thinks he's a super hero, and always just "gets you" even if you can't find a way to say what you mean. If you like an unconventional love story (or a book with more than one love story!) this is a book for you! I highly recommend it!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
In the year 1911 Maggie Parker is maid, cook and housekeeper for the Hamilton family, one of Racine, Wisconsin's most affluent families. To keep her sanity in the eccentric household Maggie pens the autobiographical tales of a character named Magdalena Mouse and dreams of traveling the world. Little does Maggie know that her writings will have a profound effect on a future generation.
Fast forward to present day and Heather Conrad is looking forward to turning over a new leaf traveling to Racine to housesit for her former boss, Natalie Brooks, and work on a new business proposal to jolt her career back into gear. The minute Heather arrives, however, those plans take a dramatic turn. In addition to minding a maze of a Victorian-era mansion, Heather finds herself also caring for boss Natalie Brooks' seven-year-old daughter Izzy and contending with some suspicious people who seem to be following them.
Today's Shadows is a work of inspirational fiction with a dash of suspense and the prerequisite happy ending. Ms Melby creates a dynamic cast of characters while cleverly weaving the stories of Heather and Maggie in a truly original narrative. Plot twists and the transitions in time period make Today's Shadows absorbing and difficult to put down. The story also has a beautiful message in viewing God as a loving father, especially in the absence of one's own earthly father. The only critiques one might acknowledge are some off-putting descriptions (i.e. a protruding "black tongue" to refer to the disk tray on a DVD player) and some overly simplistic language. Otherwise, Today's Shadows is definitely worth reading if you are looking for a uniquely good story with a strong message of love and faith.
Note: This book was provided to me free of charge without expectation of a positive review. The opinions stated above are my own.