Totally spellbinding. The way Melby intertwines various story threads is sheer brilliance. And I love the dual timeline! I was on tenterhooks the whole read waiting to see how the past would collide with the present. And I enjoyed the unpredictability of the plot. Just when I thought it was going to go one way...it didn't. Mysteries abound and my armchair sleuthing muscles got a real workout.
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.
Today's Shadow's by Becky Melby was a unique book that went back and forth in time to tell the story. I was somewhat confused at the beginning, but as the story unfolded I was able to see that as
an important part of the overall story and how the past helped change the future. I loved all the discoveries Heather, Ryan and Izzy made in the mansion. Ryan and Heather were very likable characters. My favorite character was Izzy, because she was such an adventurous little girl who had me smiling throughout the book. I was pleasantly surprised at the ending as I did not see it coming. I enjoyed Today's Shadow's and plan to go back and read the other two books in the series. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
The other two book in the Lost Sanctuary Series are: Tomorrow's Sun and Yesterday's Sun
I received this book from Net Galley and Barbour Publishing Group for my honest review. I was not
I enjoyed the story and thought the suspense was well written. I liked the conversations between the characters as they flowed well from one thought to the next. My favorite part of the book was how the female characters had life to them! They were not just these sweet women that sit quietly while the hero rescues them but had great thoughts on their own. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I liked the setting, time period and mystery. I think anyone who enjoys a clean romance with a touch of suspense and intrigue will enjoy this story.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
In 1911 in Racine, Wisconsin, Maggie Parker is the sole servant in the Hamilton household, a home that is rife with discord. Mrs Evangeline Hamilton secretly attends meetings about women's suffrage, Mr Maxwell Hamilton is having none of these modern ideas, and Richard Hamilton, the adult son, seeks to court Maggie despite the fact that they are not of the same social class and her father is in prison.. In her spare time, Maggie writes stories about her life in serviceâ€”and essays about women and Christianity.
In the present day, Heather Conrad has escaped to Racine after "her boyfriend decided he'd rather be her brother-in-law" (that is such a great line I has to quote it). But what she thought would be month alone house-sitting for her ex-boss turns into a month baby-sitting the boss's seven-year-old daughter, Isabel, and it seems that everywhere she goes in Racine, there is that man with the camera. There is also Ryan Tobin, a handsome security man who she meets in a coffee shop, who helps after Isabel gets lost in the old house.
Stephanie Lansing has spent the last ten years partying, but the sudden illness of her father has brought her home with a feeling of regret for the wasted years, and with a mystery. There is a mystery message that his other daughter has been found--yet Stephanie is an only child, so she begins to search, wondering what she might find.
This is the third book in the Lost Sanctuary series, but each book is a stand-alone story about unrelated characters. What ties the series together is that each story is about the past and present in a single house, and involves the present inhabitants gradually finding out more about the previous occupants, just as the reader finds out more in the flashback chapters. The danger with this approach is that readers might find one story far superior to the other, but in this case I found them both equally interesting.
Each story had an element of mystery (with an unexpected twist), an element of romance, and an unexpected but fascinating discussion on Christianity and the rights of women. Most importantly, the end left me with a smile on my face. Very enjoyable.
Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
The third book of the Lost Sanctuary Series by Becky Melby is Today's Shadows in which two women-a century apart-are connected by a house and much more.
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.
Disclosure in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : This book was presented to me free of charge by Barbour Books without expectation of a positive review. The sentiments expressed here are my own.