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For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she's wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she'll uncover. A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father's newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon's son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town--but it isn't until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they've waded into. Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it's too late and they lose their future--or their very souls.


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For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she's wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she'll uncover. A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father's newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon's son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town--but it isn't until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they've waded into. Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it's too late and they lose their future--or their very souls.

30 review for The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    LOVED JACOBUS to pieces. More to come

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel captivated me and I knew that she was an author to follow. Her sophomore novel only deepened that resolve. Gossamer Grove is a town of Midwestern charm and home town values. However, Annalise Forsythe has painful secrets and knows more and they all hover over the pleasant façade the town displays. She is suddenly bequeathed a run down trailer and discovers it is full of obituaries, and photos of her! There are indeed some dark secrets in this town. Over a century ear Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel captivated me and I knew that she was an author to follow. Her sophomore novel only deepened that resolve. Gossamer Grove is a town of Midwestern charm and home town values. However, Annalise Forsythe has painful secrets and knows more and they all hover over the pleasant façade the town displays. She is suddenly bequeathed a run down trailer and discovers it is full of obituaries, and photos of her! There are indeed some dark secrets in this town. Over a century earlier, Gossamer Grove is stirred to repentance by the arrival of two twin revivalists, come to town to bring God to the midst of these people. They instead create chaos and people begin receiving their obituaries before they're even dead. Libby Sheffield, the newspaper owner's daughter, receives those obituaries at the paper. She begins to try to solve these crimes, then realizes she herself is in great danger. Wright once again writes in a dual timeline, switching effortlessly between the two, captivating her readers with this mystery that has been going on for over a century. One mystery is wrapped up in another and the two blend in a completely spellbinding way. Both women, a century apart, work to solve this mystery before more lives are taken and maybe even souls ruined. I was completely caught up in this and could not wait to find out what the end result would be. I was totally surprised, too. Highly recommended. I find myself longing for Wright's next novel. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. My opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond except for suspense and faith. I admit, I figured it would be a little on the creepy side because of Ms. Wright’s first novel, The House on Foster Hill. While Ms. Wright does give the reader suspense and faith, the mystery aspect is so much more. “Libby Sheffield had never stopped to wonder what she would take specific note of if she ever stumbled upon a dead body.” From the opening line, I was pulled in. Where the deaths in 1907 Gos I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond except for suspense and faith. I admit, I figured it would be a little on the creepy side because of Ms. Wright’s first novel, The House on Foster Hill. While Ms. Wright does give the reader suspense and faith, the mystery aspect is so much more. “Libby Sheffield had never stopped to wonder what she would take specific note of if she ever stumbled upon a dead body.” From the opening line, I was pulled in. Where the deaths in 1907 Gossamer Grove, Wisconsin merely accidental? Was there something sinister in happen? And when it becomes obvious that the deaths have some link, who is to be blamed? I loved the mystery in the 1907 thread and present day Gossamer Grove. I wanted to know how the two stories connected and I hoped that there would be some romance woven in the two. If the romance wasn’t enough to pull me in, the faith message certainly gripped me. My favorite quote: “The consequence of sin is death, but grace of God brings us life. One must fear God for what He can do, while loving Him for what He doesn’t do. A contrite heart results in the withholding of discipline in exchange for mercy–and love.” There is so much spiritual truth in this novel that you’ll want to soak up and enjoy. Ms. Wright did a great job on her second novel and has made me a fan. I eagerly await the publication of The Curse of Misty Wayfair (not to mention the cover is phenomenal). *I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publishers. This review is my own, honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather Gilbert

    Wright has truly hit her stride in this second standalone novel filled with edge-of-the-seat suspense. She expertly weaves two timelines together and brings to life a small town filled with secrets. I enjoy the unique writing style and look forward to Wright's next book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is a fabulous book! I enjoyed getting to know the people of Gossamer Grove, especially Annalise and Libby. I am a huge fan of time slip novels and this one did not disappoint. It is full of secrets, mystery and suspense. Which kept me intrigued and fascinated until the end. I just could not put it down. I highly recommend The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond and give it a well deserved 5 plus stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a re The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is a fabulous book! I enjoyed getting to know the people of Gossamer Grove, especially Annalise and Libby. I am a huge fan of time slip novels and this one did not disappoint. It is full of secrets, mystery and suspense. Which kept me intrigued and fascinated until the end. I just could not put it down. I highly recommend The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond and give it a well deserved 5 plus stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    Author, Jaime Jo Wright, delivers another haunting split time mystery that'll have you cautiously but irresistibly turning pages late into night. I was drawn in from the very first page. Ms. Wright seduces the senses with her haunting imagery of Gossamer Pond and its residents. Separated by a century the strong cast of characters add dimension to an already twisting plot and will leave you as anxious to solve the mystery as Libby and Annalise are. Ms. Wright magnifies the historic element by wea Author, Jaime Jo Wright, delivers another haunting split time mystery that'll have you cautiously but irresistibly turning pages late into night. I was drawn in from the very first page. Ms. Wright seduces the senses with her haunting imagery of Gossamer Pond and its residents. Separated by a century the strong cast of characters add dimension to an already twisting plot and will leave you as anxious to solve the mystery as Libby and Annalise are. Ms. Wright magnifies the historic element by weaving together the intricate threads of faith, forgiveness, and grace. The highlight of this story are the eerie obituaries penned in the gothic style reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe that'll send a shiver of chills down your spine. I highly recommend for those who enjoy a good mystery, peculiar characters, and don't mind sleeping with the light on at night.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Didn't you know? Didn't you read? Tonight is your time to die." Deep, dank, dark secrets. The town of Gossamer Grove has been drowning in them for well over a century; curious notes bearing sad tidings for their recipients, confirming that "the boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague". It all began when Libby Sheffield found Deacon Greenwood hanging from the rafters of his carriage house at the break of dawn. Traumatized and confused when two totally different obitu "Didn't you know? Didn't you read? Tonight is your time to die." Deep, dank, dark secrets. The town of Gossamer Grove has been drowning in them for well over a century; curious notes bearing sad tidings for their recipients, confirming that "the boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague". It all began when Libby Sheffield found Deacon Greenwood hanging from the rafters of his carriage house at the break of dawn. Traumatized and confused when two totally different obituaries are submitted, Libby and her friend Elijah decide that the truth isn't worth pursuing, but a second death follows the first. It seems that someone in Gossamer Grove has taken the words "vengeance is mine" completely out of context; while twin revivalists stir revolt among the souls of many. Some would say that the two are related, while Libby finds herself caught in the middle. Years later Annalise Forsythe is forced to remove the scabs of her own wounds when the untimely death of the local town hermit brings her painful past back to life. His entire trailer is not only filled with historical memorabilia; Annalise's life is shockingly pasted all over the walls. What possible connection could she have to Eugene Hayes? And why is someone upset enough about it to threaten her safety? Two women, separated by decades, sharing common regrets, desperately seeking freedom, learning that "life is hard and it take guts, faith, and a massive amount of out-of-this-world grace" to move forward. "For the wages of sin is death, . . . . . but the gift of God . . . . is eternal life . . . . " And that's no secret. Who wouldn't love a story like this one? I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Jaime Jo Wright not only transports you to historic Gossamer Grove, but present day Gossamer Grove in a way that you never want to leave. Her ability to pull you into not one time period, but two, is uncanny. The stories might be decades apart, but they flow perfectly together, and collide in a way that surprises you. I thought I had this story pegged after the first few chapters. I knew the "whodunnit", how the characters were all going to come together, and what was going to happen in the end. Jaime Jo Wright not only transports you to historic Gossamer Grove, but present day Gossamer Grove in a way that you never want to leave. Her ability to pull you into not one time period, but two, is uncanny. The stories might be decades apart, but they flow perfectly together, and collide in a way that surprises you. I thought I had this story pegged after the first few chapters. I knew the "whodunnit", how the characters were all going to come together, and what was going to happen in the end. Or so I thought - I was wrong. I may have had a few high points, but that's about it. Wright has a way of leading you down a path of thoughts, only to branch off the road a little bit and jumble your thoughts. She may come back to the same path, or branch off even more. This is the great thing about her story - you are left with surprises, excitement, mystery, and the unknown until the very end. I'm not going to lie, there were parts of this book that were a bit creepy, in a good way. Sure, I looked over my shoulder a time or two. You can't help but do that, especially if reading this at night. This just heightened the suspense and my need to keep reading until my eyelids fell off. Elements like this are what made the book different. I've read a few dual timelines before, but this book is in a class of its own. Libby and Annalise are such strong heroines, and have similar traits that are warm and inviting. You want to be their friend. You want to help them solve their cases. Frankly, you just want to spend time with them. I actually thought the two of them would have had a really cool meeting if one of them decided to time hop - but maybe that's for another story ;) Historic Gossamer Grove really grabbed my attention. The Corbin brothers in particular really struck me. They were very dynamic in how they presented their message. I could only imagine if that was how they presented the message today, what would happen to them. But even so they spoke truths that we all need to hear about our own sinful lives. Reading their scenes really makes you ponder how your own life is being lived. Now, I'm not saying that we all need to get out there and yell our sins to the world, however maybe we just need to stop and look into the mirror and reflect on how we can move past those sins that have us stuck in a rut. There are other moments and characters that brought this to my attention as well, and I have to say it moved me in a way I was not at all expecting. I was equally enamored with present day Gossamer Grove. The storyline of the creepy/stalker guy in the run-down trailer really blew my socks off. I almost felt like I was watching on episode of CSI or Criminal Minds when reading some of these parts. Like any good reader, I made up stories in my mind about his past, and then allowed the novel to change my thoughts on him, chapter after chapter. It was actually fun this way because the way I made him up in my mind was totally wrong and I loved the surprise of his true story. It's kind of like when we instantly judge someone based on their appearance or circumstances. If we take the time to get to know them and their story, we just might find ourselves surprised and with a new friend. (for the record, I'm not saying he would ever be my friend) It blows my mind that this is only Wright's second novel. She has such an artistic writing style that makes me feel as if I have been reading her books for years. It's like grabbing that comforting blanket that you'll never get rid of, or talking with your best friend since kindergarten. You love it, always want it/her around you, and never want to let it go. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. This is an author to keep an eye on, and if you haven't read her novels, I highly suggest you do so now. She easily has made her way to my favorites list, and I can see her remaining there for years to come. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    "Life is hard and it takes guts, faith, and a massive amount of out-of-this-world grace." (p 307) Wow...this is another how-do-I-find-the-words-to-explain-how-I-feel kind of books. Definitely masterfully written. The way Wright weaves together past and present...the pacing of information revealed, the mystery build up -- it's incredibly well done. Kept me hanging every time we flipped from 1907 to present day. And the author is infuriatingly (and delightfully) slow at revealing all the pieces of "Life is hard and it takes guts, faith, and a massive amount of out-of-this-world grace." (p 307) Wow...this is another how-do-I-find-the-words-to-explain-how-I-feel kind of books. Definitely masterfully written. The way Wright weaves together past and present...the pacing of information revealed, the mystery build up -- it's incredibly well done. Kept me hanging every time we flipped from 1907 to present day. And the author is infuriatingly (and delightfully) slow at revealing all the pieces of the puzzle. I went from lost, to grasping at hints of clues to formulating a hypothesis only to have it dashed and scrambling to start all over again. At first, the stories seem so separate and unconnected in any deep way but that gradually changes with every new revelation until they converge on each other in a frantic rush of action and danger in the nail-biting conclusion. Phew! I was riveted. And a little swoony over the Gothic elements that created all that moody ambiance! Jaime Jo Wright is a gifted wordsmith and I kept pen and paper on hand to copy down bits of exquisite perfection that I didn't want to forget. Lots had to do with the exceptional inspirational threads on forgiveness and grace woven into both time periods....mind boggling doesn't begin to cover it. Maybe the most compelling and moving I've ever read in a novel. She doesn't shy away from awkward questions and hard realities. And she writes in a way that urges the reader to dig deep and come to their own reckoning. "Denying God's ability to forgive...is denying oneself the ability to live." (p206) and "One may carry guilt and shame with them for years, only to discover that while they attempted to dodge God's judgement, they instead cheated themselves of His forgiveness." (p 163) What more can I say? Two incredible heroines, a complicated mystery that spans a century and the kind of delicious writing that begs to be read out loud...with frequent pauses so you can sit in the moment and absorb it all. Sublime! Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    Readers who enjoyed Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel, "The House on Foster Hill", will be pleased to learn that her sophomore offering is every bit as good as her first! The novel zings along with well-plotted transitions between past and present, engaging readers thoroughly into the mysterious events tying together the residents of Gossamer Grove from the early 1900s to our modern times. I would be hard pressed to say which character I enjoyed reading about more, whether the historical Libby or th Readers who enjoyed Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel, "The House on Foster Hill", will be pleased to learn that her sophomore offering is every bit as good as her first! The novel zings along with well-plotted transitions between past and present, engaging readers thoroughly into the mysterious events tying together the residents of Gossamer Grove from the early 1900s to our modern times. I would be hard pressed to say which character I enjoyed reading about more, whether the historical Libby or the modern Annalise, as both are unique and special in their own right. The host of secondary characters are equally well-developed, and I appreciated that the romance was handled with a deft hand that fit well into the story. "The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond" will immerse you in its secrets and suspense, drawing you ever deeper into the story as you consider who is behind the past murders and also the danger stalking Annalise. I can attest that there are plenty of unexpected moments that will have you questioning where you thought the story was going! I enjoyed encountering the historical elements that the author explores, such as the tent revival meetings and the fiery evangelists that host them, seeing how such events can have an important long-term impact on a town and its residents. And in the midst of mystery, a theme of undeserved, rich grace threads itself into the happenings of these characters' lives, adding a richness to the story that deeply satisfies. If you are anything like me, you will close the pages of this story feeling both entertained and appreciating anew the amazing God who loves us. Jaime Jo Wright has written another solid novel, and will no doubt leave her readers looking forward to what is next to emerge from her talented pen. I award this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and encourage you to immerse yourself into this intriguing tale. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julia Wilson

    The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright is a gripping contemporary and historical Christian suspense which I loved. The dual timelines of present day and 1907 have parallel stories that link across the years. Both have characters drowning in guilt and unforgiveness as secrets threaten to overwhelm. "It is a horrible place to wallow when you cannot forgive yourself." We punish ourselves and forget all about grace. "Without... grace, it was hard to crawl out of that pit." God's grace cove The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright is a gripping contemporary and historical Christian suspense which I loved. The dual timelines of present day and 1907 have parallel stories that link across the years. Both have characters drowning in guilt and unforgiveness as secrets threaten to overwhelm. "It is a horrible place to wallow when you cannot forgive yourself." We punish ourselves and forget all about grace. "Without... grace, it was hard to crawl out of that pit." God's grace covers all our sins. "Grace is receiving what we do not deserve." God's grace is available for all who truly believe. Faith in God must be genuine and from the heart. Faith is not just for Sundays and giving the appearance of faithful. Faith is to be lived out every day. God sees our hearts. We must not judge others and find them lacking. Any judging and convicting is God's job. Ours is to love as He loves us. Within the novel the revival of 1907 has its roots in fact. Fiery preachers contrast with those who lovingly correct. Love and loyalty are present in the novel. There is a beautiful friendship in 1907. The sins of the parents do not revisit the children. Children are a gift from God, no matter how they are conceived. Another fabulous story from Jaime Jo Wright that has murders and mysteries down the ages to solve. I was totally gripped and guessing throughout. I received this book for free from Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    Ahh, delicious! I love the atmosphere Jaime Jo Wright creates in her stories—the kind of atmosphere that gives you goosebumps and has you constantly looking over the character’s shoulder, or maybe your own! Whilst not falling strictly within the Gothic genre, there’s definitely a Gothic feel to this novel—family secrets, past and present; death and unexplained (though not supernatural) happenings; a run-down trailer with a strange collection of obituaries and photos; and the mysterious Jacobus C Ahh, delicious! I love the atmosphere Jaime Jo Wright creates in her stories—the kind of atmosphere that gives you goosebumps and has you constantly looking over the character’s shoulder, or maybe your own! Whilst not falling strictly within the Gothic genre, there’s definitely a Gothic feel to this novel—family secrets, past and present; death and unexplained (though not supernatural) happenings; a run-down trailer with a strange collection of obituaries and photos; and the mysterious Jacobus Corbin, who inspired a constant internal tug-of-war between wariness and fascination. And then there’s that constant sense of suspicion and anticipation that prickles the back of your neck and dances across your shoulders… The time-slip format worked really well in this novel, allowing the reader to observe the historical events as they played out at the same time as the contemporary characters are trying to discover what really happened. And yet the plot kept me guessing on both counts! The historical story was particularly intriguing thanks to the twin revivalists, Jedediah and Jacobus Corbin—who, I might add, were based on actual historical persons. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t bother with the author’s notes at the end of the book, make an exception for this one. Truth really does make the best fiction at times! But I was equally invested in the contemporary story, thanks in no small part to the presence of Garrett Greenwood and the personal history between him and Annalise. However, one of the things I loved most about this novel was that sin was a character in its own right. Hidden sins, weaknesses, and brokenness—these were the true spectres that haunted Gossamer Grove and needed to be brought into the light of day, even after the human villains were discovered. And a final word on the romance: subtle, but very well suited to the characters and the tone of the story. Can’t wait for the next book from this author! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Jaime Jo Wright is making a name for herself in time-slip mysteries. I really enjoy historical mysteries, but for years, I have had a hard time finding an author who would do it justice. Wright has stepped up the genre game and has impressed me with her stories. I thoroughly enjoyed The House on Foster Hill, so I couldn't wait to get a copy of The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. Gossamer Pond was much more exciting than Foster Hill. Wright did an awesome job writing this time-slip mystery. Her writi Jaime Jo Wright is making a name for herself in time-slip mysteries. I really enjoy historical mysteries, but for years, I have had a hard time finding an author who would do it justice. Wright has stepped up the genre game and has impressed me with her stories. I thoroughly enjoyed The House on Foster Hill, so I couldn't wait to get a copy of The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. Gossamer Pond was much more exciting than Foster Hill. Wright did an awesome job writing this time-slip mystery. Her writing is clear and concise. I had no problem visualizing the small town of Gossamer Pond. From the quirky characters to the historical buildings and town. I loved traveling through the town in present day with Annalise and Garrett and traveling with Libby in the past. The mystery was deeply woven together from the past to the present. I don't know how Wright kept track of who showed what before the other story learned it, but she does a wonderful job at weaving two timelines together. As for the mystery, I really enjoyed it. I had some suspicions on who did the killing, but Wright pulled someone out that I really didn't see doing it. I flipped back through the story to see if I could follow the trail of clues. The past one I found the trail, but the present one, I didn't find any clues to signify that person. Oh, well. Maybe need to study more. Overall, the mystery kept my attention, and I couldn't read the story fast enough. I wanted to spend more time reading, but life gets in the way. As for the romance, I really didn't feel anything toward one set of characters over another. They were both interesting and had past elements they needed to reconcile and move forward with. I didn't see the past relationship coming at all. But I'm glad the present relationship moved forward with the hurts from the past. The spiritual element of redeeming the past rang pretty strong and clear in this novel. Wright doesn't shove it down my throat, instead, she wraps it in a wonderful tale. In conclusion, The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is a captivating tale of mystery filled with a plot of quirky characters who make the story what it is. I spent a lot of time investing in reading this story, and I thoroughly loved it. I really can't wait to read Wright's next book. Fans of Johanna Davidson Politano and Wright's first book would love this book. I received a complimentary copy of The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    Do you have a secret? Something that haunts you and torments you with memories? It may bring much more than guilt, but actual hurt and trauma... Jaime Jo Wright is back with her witty writing dealing with the deep hidden side of our souls, the part weighted down by burdens we can't change. Gossamer Grove is not your quaint charming small-town. A fault-finding newspaper, a quintessential founding family, and cryptic obituaries. Add to that two seemingly censorious brothers speaking promises of revi Do you have a secret? Something that haunts you and torments you with memories? It may bring much more than guilt, but actual hurt and trauma... Jaime Jo Wright is back with her witty writing dealing with the deep hidden side of our souls, the part weighted down by burdens we can't change. Gossamer Grove is not your quaint charming small-town. A fault-finding newspaper, a quintessential founding family, and cryptic obituaries. Add to that two seemingly censorious brothers speaking promises of revival and there's enough to start an uproar or keep people fearfully quiet to their own preoccupation. Still, there might be a few who might question if light can shine, and dare they say actually hope for it. Grace and forgiveness are not unknown concepts, but when do they go beyond an idea to a conviction? Two women centuries apart but connected by the same weight of sin, will they be able to be who the town and their close ones, not to mention their own safety, needs them to be - shrewd characters able to see the river of life within not just the superficial carefully crafted story. Once again, well done Jaime Jo Wright for writing a thrilling, powerful and thoughtful story. Very much looking forward to her next book <3 *many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy; this is my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Wow! This mystery filled with long hidden secrets and unexplained deaths will captivate its readers from the beginning. Ms. Wright has proven that she is not just a one-and-done writer. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond has placed her on the top of my list. She writes time-slip novels with the skill of an expert, connecting a modern-day mystery to one in the past. She has a knack to keep me equally involved in both Annalise and Libby's stories. The two stories were deftly woven together, leaving t Wow! This mystery filled with long hidden secrets and unexplained deaths will captivate its readers from the beginning. Ms. Wright has proven that she is not just a one-and-done writer. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond has placed her on the top of my list. She writes time-slip novels with the skill of an expert, connecting a modern-day mystery to one in the past. She has a knack to keep me equally involved in both Annalise and Libby's stories. The two stories were deftly woven together, leaving the reader guessing at the common link until the very end. The suspense builds equally as each story unfolds. I found the mystery surrounding the murders during a small-town revival to be unique, filled with an original, quirky and broken cast of characters. There is an underlying theme of grace and forgiveness for the broken that spoke to me. It is not preachy, but flows seamlessly throughout the story. Fans of historical fiction and mysteries will not be disappointed. Wright has raised the bar for all who follow her in this genre. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com... This story exceeded my expectations. The depth of the characters, the exceptional descriptions of location and word imagery that go beyond your typical fiction novel. The very atmosphere of the story is vivid and realistic. I didn’t just read this story, I lived the story! I walked the streets of Gossamer Grove, I took a seat on a stale staw bale of hay that stuck the back of my legs. I felt hurt and sadness at the painful secret that See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com... This story exceeded my expectations. The depth of the characters, the exceptional descriptions of location and word imagery that go beyond your typical fiction novel. The very atmosphere of the story is vivid and realistic. I didn’t just read this story, I lived the story! I walked the streets of Gossamer Grove, I took a seat on a stale staw bale of hay that stuck the back of my legs. I felt hurt and sadness at the painful secret that Annalise has had to live with. I turned on lights and nearly reached for my pepper spray at one point. I found myself looking over my shoulder and gasping in shock as the truth was revealed. Jaime Jo Write has expertly woven together two time periods, each filled with dynamic characters and circumstances. The author doesn’t shy away from the difficult topics. Within the pages, you’ll be challenged to take a hard look at sin, judgment, forgiveness and extending grace. I didn’t want to put this book down for a moment, I was captivated! I’m typically not a huge fan of suspense, I’ll occasionally pick up one to read. However, I’m coming to the conclusion that if it’s by this author, I’ll want to pick it up every time! Trust me when I say that you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to read this outstanding new book! I give it 5++ stars and encourage you to snag a copy for yourself! (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    I wonder what the inside of Jaime Jo Wright's mind looks like. I'm sure I would get lost in it--and I mean that in the very best way. For her to be able to come up with two different stories with their own sets of characters, but in ways that connect and yet remain distinct...that is a talent I do not posssess, and it blows me away. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is bursting with character and characters. Any darkness you might encounter in a book like this is tempered by heaps and loads of grac I wonder what the inside of Jaime Jo Wright's mind looks like. I'm sure I would get lost in it--and I mean that in the very best way. For her to be able to come up with two different stories with their own sets of characters, but in ways that connect and yet remain distinct...that is a talent I do not posssess, and it blows me away. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is bursting with character and characters. Any darkness you might encounter in a book like this is tempered by heaps and loads of grace. What I loved most about this novel was the way honest discussions about sin and judgment, forgiveness and grace were naturally woven into conversations. In fact, it would have been inauthentic for the characters NOT to talk about these things. In the process, some tremendous, life-giving truths are underscored. There's plenty of hope and grace for the reader to take away.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is an amazing standalone novel edge-of the-seat suspense novel that will have you up at night. Jamie Jo Wright has found her expertise in writing dual stories. She beautifully weaves two storylines and brings together a small town of secrets from the past into the present, while bringing the reader on a high pace read to uncover secrets. This book is unique and I couldn't wait to solve the mystery. This book had me wrapped up in it until I had finished it. I read t The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is an amazing standalone novel edge-of the-seat suspense novel that will have you up at night. Jamie Jo Wright has found her expertise in writing dual stories. She beautifully weaves two storylines and brings together a small town of secrets from the past into the present, while bringing the reader on a high pace read to uncover secrets. This book is unique and I couldn't wait to solve the mystery. This book had me wrapped up in it until I had finished it. I read this book in one sitting at the beach because I needed to solved the mystery and the secrets. I give this book 5/5 stars. This book is a great book to read and figure out the town secrets.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Kay Defreese

    The first book I read by Jaime Jo Wright was The House on Foster Hill and I became hooked on this author. Her first book was so good and I didn't think it could be possible that she could write a better book but she did. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is a stand-alone novel. It is a dual time-line mystery/suspense novel. There are mysteries happening in both timeline, the one that was 100 years ago and the present age. Both are set in the town of Gossamer Grove. There was many surprises and twis The first book I read by Jaime Jo Wright was The House on Foster Hill and I became hooked on this author. Her first book was so good and I didn't think it could be possible that she could write a better book but she did. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is a stand-alone novel. It is a dual time-line mystery/suspense novel. There are mysteries happening in both timeline, the one that was 100 years ago and the present age. Both are set in the town of Gossamer Grove. There was many surprises and twists and turns in this novel. I started reading one evening and then got up the next morning early and could not put this book down until I read the last page. Both storylines kept me involved. I had to see how the two storylines were connected. In the modern time a man is found dead in his trailor with pictures of Annalise plastered all over the walls. This is enough to creep anybody out. Someone does not want Annalise to investigate and mysterious things keep happening. In the story from 100 years ago a couple of people died under unusual circumstances. Both people were connected to the Greenwood family. I loved both Libby's story and Annalise's story but I think it was the story of Annalise that interested me the most. This novel was not heavy on romance so if you are looking for a romance story this is not the book for you. There is a little but it does not play a huge part in the story. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is due to be released on July 3, 2018. Thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me a digital copy of this book to read and review. The opinions are entirely my own and I was not compensated to read this book.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Kailey

    If I could give this book more stars, I would! I was hooked on this book from page one! I couldn’t put it down. I actually read the whole thing in one sitting. I just had to find out all the secrets of Gossamer Grove! Jaime Jo Wright kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole book. I loved the duel timelines. The whole story flowed perfectly. It kept me guessing. I really loved Libby and Annalise. Her writing just keeps getting better with each book! I can’t wait for her next book! I highly re If I could give this book more stars, I would! I was hooked on this book from page one! I couldn’t put it down. I actually read the whole thing in one sitting. I just had to find out all the secrets of Gossamer Grove! Jaime Jo Wright kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole book. I loved the duel timelines. The whole story flowed perfectly. It kept me guessing. I really loved Libby and Annalise. Her writing just keeps getting better with each book! I can’t wait for her next book! I highly recommend this one!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    Ms. Wright's sophomore novel is both spooky, and creepy. Not scary at all. I enjoyed the time slip essence of the story. I am a huge fan of time slip and I think she did this superbly. Libby and Annalise's story wove together beautifully. The mystery was an edge of your seat page turner. I recommend it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancee

    Only this author's second novel, I'm impressed once again at the creativity and talent she exhibits through her writing. Connected stories a century apart are told brilliantly as the two stories are woven together across time. Characters are deeply developed, and the storytelling is descriptive. I could feel the murkiness of Gossamer Grove as dark secrets unfolded throughout both time frames. Relationships are well depicted, and questions of character rise to the surface as developments emerge. Only this author's second novel, I'm impressed once again at the creativity and talent she exhibits through her writing. Connected stories a century apart are told brilliantly as the two stories are woven together across time. Characters are deeply developed, and the storytelling is descriptive. I could feel the murkiness of Gossamer Grove as dark secrets unfolded throughout both time frames. Relationships are well depicted, and questions of character rise to the surface as developments emerge. Rich with the history of the locale, Gossamer Grove was as real as any small town in America, with its secrets and intrigue. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to future novels by this talented author!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kara Peck

    I positively adored this book. I loved the suspense and creepy vibe. The cliffhangers between the POV time jumps. Everything was perfect. Wright’s previous book was amazing and yet somehow this was even better. Character development, suspense timing, and moral were all perfectly on point. Dying for more. Don’t pardon that pun! *I was gifted a copy of this book*

  24. 3 out of 5

    Tracy108

    Reading this book was like watching paint dry. It was slow and rehashed the same topics and dialogue again and again. Weak female characters, one dimensional characters, stilted language, and a thin mystery were all frustrating. The frosting on the cake was the prosthelytizing the author does - in heavy doses.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Amy

    A strong 3.5 stars! This was a page turner! Mysterious, full of awesome creep, and I loved the Edgar Allen Poe vein throughout. I also loved the newspaper setting in Libby's world and coffee shop in Annalise's. I felt very interested and connected to both Libby and Annalise, both in their respective mysteries and time periods. The growing affection between Libby and (well, I won't spoil it) was done well, not too cheesy, but slower and more natural.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I had a little trouble in the beginning of this novel. There were lots of people to keep track of. in both time lines. The dates weren’t listed at the top of the chapters only the lady’s names (Libby and Annalise) which I eventually became familiar with.in associating each lady was a certain time period. I was engaged and quickly emerged in both time line situations, family secrets, deception, murder suspects and ultimately the fact that grace is available to everyone rich or poor! I enjoyed the I had a little trouble in the beginning of this novel. There were lots of people to keep track of. in both time lines. The dates weren’t listed at the top of the chapters only the lady’s names (Libby and Annalise) which I eventually became familiar with.in associating each lady was a certain time period. I was engaged and quickly emerged in both time line situations, family secrets, deception, murder suspects and ultimately the fact that grace is available to everyone rich or poor! I enjoyed the natural flow of the spiritual thread. In the current time line Annalise’s house has been broken into. This stirs up secrets she’s hidden away. Why did someone steal the one thing that would bring to light a secret that still tore at her heart even after 12 years. It didn’t help that Garrett her high school boyfriend has just moved back to town. It was more stirring up than she could bear. She was trying to do good in starting a homeless shelter. The coffee shop she owned was doing well and she wanted to give back to the community. She was trying to deal with the guilt and shame from her past. The time line is 1907 and Libby works at her father’s newspaper. A revival was in town stirring up people and their emotions, along with riots and now a suicide, possible murder. She longed to be an investigative reporter. Now was her chance to get to the bottom of the fact obituaries showed up at the newspaper before the deaths of two people a week apart. If they could prove these obituaries showed up before the deaths that would change things to murder. This situation was unthinkable in her small town during revival meetings no less. I enjoyed the natural spiritual thread running through this story of forgiveness, sin, and loving grace. This story is rich in secrets, intriguing mystery and shows how in hiding the truth especially from yourself, you can and will do to you damage to your soul spiritually and your physical body. God wants to set us free. This story is full of surprises, twists and turns in each time line. If you are a mystery fan you are going to love how this novel unfolds. Great for book clubs there is so much to talk about. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/NetGalley.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://tinyurl.com/y9lwbfrs SVP Promotion

  27. 3 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond Author: Jaime Jo Wright Pages: 352 Year: 2018 Publisher: Bethany House Publishers My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. This story is set in Gossamer Grove, with two stories running simultaneously, one in the present and one in 1907. In the present, Annalise Forsythe owns a coffee shop and is trying to purchase land to open a food pantry facility as well as offer other services for the homeless. Her competition wants to use the land to build a sports complex and resort t Title: The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond Author: Jaime Jo Wright Pages: 352 Year: 2018 Publisher: Bethany House Publishers My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. This story is set in Gossamer Grove, with two stories running simultaneously, one in the present and one in 1907. In the present, Annalise Forsythe owns a coffee shop and is trying to purchase land to open a food pantry facility as well as offer other services for the homeless. Her competition wants to use the land to build a sports complex and resort to bring rock climbing enthusiasts to Gossamer Grove. A big-name draw to help in bringing the rock climbers to the town is Garrett Greenwood, Annalise’s former boyfriend. They haven’t seen each other in twelve years, and there are definitely old wounds and hard feelings between the two. Now, they are on opposing sides of this land purchase issue. An old man in the community dies suddenly, leaving Annalise his property, which amounts to a small amount of land and an old trailer filled with pictures of Annalise at various times in her life, an obituary from 1907, a revival poster from 1907 and pictures of Garrett’s family from the turn of the century. Why was this man obsessed with Annalise? She is creeped out but determines to find out who this man was and what information he had uncovered that could possibly link her to the past. Garrett says he will help her find out what is happening. Can they get past their wounded hearts and solve the mystery? In 1907, Libby Sheffield works for and with her father at the local newspaper in Gossamer Grove. She feels duty-bound to obey her father, even though he sensationalizes the news to sell papers. She receives an anonymous obituary for a local town member before he dies so she thinks. She makes a grisly discovery and tries to tell the police about receiving the obituary, but they think she and her father have made that up to sell more newspapers. She tells Elijah Greenwood, a childhood friend, about her suspicions. Before they can act, another obituary is dropped off at the newspaper. This time, they go immediately to the police. Again, they are rebuffed. Meanwhile, twin revivalists have staked a tent near Gossamer Pond and are preaching about the dangers of eternity in Hell in a fire and brimstone fashion. Libby finds one of the twins scary and the other intense, but strangely attractive. Who is sending these obituaries to her and why? Do they have anything to do with the revival? Each story has a mystery, death, secrets and much more. The characters and the plot will keep readers engaged in the story from beginning to end. I was drawn in to the story from page one and found myself rapidly turning the pages to see the progress of each story as it built to the apex. The author writes in the creepy feeling very well, and the mystery element was interesting and captivating. I couldn’t put it down!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna (More Than a Review)

    The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright is a time-slip mysteries. We start with a mystery from 100 years ago. A eulogy is sent to the paper the day before the person dies. Everyone things he hung himself but Libby suspects foul play. The victim is the dad of one of her best friends. When it happens to another person also related to her friend they try to figure out what is going on. During this time there are two evangelists that are having tent revivals and getting the community all wo The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright is a time-slip mysteries. We start with a mystery from 100 years ago. A eulogy is sent to the paper the day before the person dies. Everyone things he hung himself but Libby suspects foul play. The victim is the dad of one of her best friends. When it happens to another person also related to her friend they try to figure out what is going on. During this time there are two evangelists that are having tent revivals and getting the community all worked up. To add more complications, Libby’s dad is part owner of the newspaper that is known for sensationalizing anything to help the paper sell. Libby has her own secrets and guilt she is dealing with. One of the evangelists tries to get her to understand secrets are not good for the soul. And that God offers grace and forgiveness and she must also forgive herself. Present day Annalise is dealing with her own secrets and guilt. When her highschool boyfriend moves back to town after 12 years she relives some of her guilt. Annalise owns a coffee shop and is trying to start a homeless shelter. Her ex boyfriend comes back into town to help with the project that is competing for the same land as the homeless shelter. When an old hermit dies and they find pictures of Annalisa and pictures from 1907 they are trying to figure out how it is all tied together. I love it when an author can throw in some surprises. Jamie did a great job of revealing some of the secrets from both storylines. The item that is stolen from Annalise house was well come. There are a few others that I really enjoyed the surprises but I don’t want to ruin them for you. Admittedly I had trouble keeping the people straight from the two time periods for some reason. However the book is good and worth the read. The storylines are well done. Sexual content; not much romance in this. There is mention of sex out of wedlock but no details. kiss on the forehead. violence - several mysteries deaths, drowning, hanging, language - asinine was the only profanity I saw drinking - a mention of drinking but not any of the main characters

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright is a phenomenal book! Jaime is a wordsmith indeed. She has deftly woven a tale through two time periods. Her insight into the human condition is a wonder to behold. Her descriptions are pure poetry. From page ten: “ The shaft of sunlight seemed to lead a path straight to the carriage house doors where it collided with a darkness that could only be described as evil.” And from page 168: “The breeze rustled the new leaves on the oak and maple trees The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright is a phenomenal book! Jaime is a wordsmith indeed. She has deftly woven a tale through two time periods. Her insight into the human condition is a wonder to behold. Her descriptions are pure poetry. From page ten: “ The shaft of sunlight seemed to lead a path straight to the carriage house doors where it collided with a darkness that could only be described as evil.” And from page 168: “The breeze rustled the new leaves on the oak and maple trees. Glowing almost emerald green with vegetation, the forest was beautiful. Like life should be if one could only look ahead and forget the ruins they’d left in the past.” Jaime uses a bit of history to build her suspenseful, dual-time tale. The twin revivalists were based on real people as were some of the accounts of them. Jaime weaves a fascinating story around this history. The story connects two heroines who lived a century apart. Libby is recounted in the spring of 1907 and Annalise’s tale is told in present day. Each of them is looking for real faith and forgiveness. But each also encounter evil. Where do these two lives converge? Annalise is striving to uncover old mysteries. Will her search endanger her own life? A myriad of old secrets is revealed about the inhabitants of their home town- but will the answers to the questions they raise be worth it? Annalise ponders: “The well-mapped world she lived in had exploded into shrapnel that spanned centuries. It had created a puzzle that was missing many, many pieces.” Jaime peels back the layers of the secrets masterfully. The Gospel message of Grace, Hope and Forgiveness rings true in the words of Jacobus, one of the twin revivalists, as he is quietly leading Libby along in her faith. Romance comes from an unlikely direction. And an almost kiss is as good as the real thing! If you enjoy riviting mystery with a gothic twist, grab this book! But beware! It will hook you and not let go. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

  30. 3 out of 5

    Lynda Edwards

    Though mystery/suspense is not my usual choice in reading material, Jamie Jo Wright kept me riveted with her debut novel, so I was eager to read this new release. Sometimes it's hard to live up to a successful first story, but Wright did just that with this book! These characters are complex, all four of the main ones and many of the secondary ones as well. They all have positive and negative traits and backstories that are slowly revealed. There were moments I really didn't like any of them, to Though mystery/suspense is not my usual choice in reading material, Jamie Jo Wright kept me riveted with her debut novel, so I was eager to read this new release. Sometimes it's hard to live up to a successful first story, but Wright did just that with this book! These characters are complex, all four of the main ones and many of the secondary ones as well. They all have positive and negative traits and backstories that are slowly revealed. There were moments I really didn't like any of them, to be honest; at other times I wanted to reach out and hug them through the pages. Historical detail is excellent. I learned several things about the early 1900s as I read; she actually answered several questions that I didn't even know I had, like why mirrors were covered in black crepe after a loved one's passing. The mystery is knotty, and every time I thought I had untangled something, Wright threw in another wrinkle to confuse me again. I am amazed at how each detail fit into the narrative, across two separate but connected timelines. It still surprises me that this is only the author's second full-length novel--the writing is that good! I am at a bit of a loss in how to describe the spiritual content. Messy might be a good word. Or real. The Christians in this novel are in no way perfect, but then, no one really is. We become good at hiding the mess we make with our sin, but it never goes away until we take it to God. The novel does a good job of showing the damage we can do to our lives, and the lives of those around us, when we refuse to do that. While handled appropriately and without graphic details, murder is always disturbing as are some of its motivations and other details related to the story. The topics included are best suited to adults, so I would recommend caution for teens. But for mature readers, this is a read full of suspense and a mystery that is difficult to decipher until the end. The themes of grace and forgiveness, and God's inexhaustible supply of both, make it an incredible read that satisfies on many levels. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.

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