Beyond the Silence

Beyond the Silence

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Powerhouse Team Pairs Up for Second Novel

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. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know--and Mrs. Goodman, Woody's long-time housekeeper, is decisively on Woody's side--but many in town stay far away from Lillian because of her association with the Colton family.

Lillian's six-year-old charge, Jimmy, was there when his mother died, and he hasn't spoken a word since. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to tell her the truth about what happened. 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. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Bethany House,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780764214103
Characteristics: 348 pages
Additional Contributors: Woodhouse, Kimberley 1973-


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lt_bibliosara Jan 21, 2018

Tracie Peterson is one of my go-to authors. In Beyond the Silence, her partnership with Kimberley Woodhouse raised my standards of her books. Beyond the Silence is a wonderful story about Lillian Porter, a young woman who fights to break through the ignorance and net of privilege and safety her grandfather has imposed on her. Lillian is a great character, although I think she handled things a little too well, a little too smoothly, all things considered. She gets angry, but she never really exhibits fear or lack of self-confidence, which I would imagine might be the case for someone so protected as a child. Also, we never really understand why she is so qualified to be the young boy's nanny....
Be that as it may, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are genuine and endearing, the action keeps the pace going nicely, and I enjoyed seeing things from the various perspectives. Although having more than 3 perspectives can be burdensome in some novels, Peterson and Woodhouse made it work in this one.
I enjoyed the characters growth in faith, and how some difficult subjects were dealt with. I hope Peterson and Woodhouse team up again!

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