Whispers of the Bayou  -     By: Mindy Starns Clark
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Harvest House Publishers / 2008 / Paperback

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Miranda Miller wasn't looking for the news the day the letter came. But, trying to survive in troubled circumstances, she welcomes the chance to change her location for a period of time. The letter informs her that her grandparents' estate is finally about to become hers. She immediately heads down to Louisiana and the old house by the bayou. There Miranda finds secrets that lead to life-changing revelations.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736918795
ISBN-13: 9780736918794
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Publisher's Description

From the author of the popular Million Dollar Mysteries and Smart Chick Mysteries comes a new stand-alone novel full of hidden staircases, buried secrets, and the promise of hope found in knowing God.

Miranda Miller wasn't looking for the news the day the letter came. But, trying to survive in troubled circumstances, she welcomes the chance to change her location for a period of time. The letter informs her that her grandparents' estate is finally about to become hers. She immediately heads down to Louisiana and the old house by the bayou. There Miranda finds secrets that lead to life-changing revelations.

This suspenseful story reminiscent of old Gothic tales has a complex mystery and a vivid sense of the Deep South. It shows how God can take the darkest circumstances and use them to light a bright path leading to the future.

Author Bio

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 800,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. www.mindystarnsclark.com

Editorial Reviews

"Whispers of the Bayou is a gripping read. I devoured this book because it was so difficult to put it down. I don't read a great deal of what is considered ‘Christian Fiction' but Whispers of the Bayou isn't heavy-handed as some books in that genre. The characters are so well done that I cared what happened to them. Miranda is a great heroine, her journey not just to Louisiana, but to really know herself makes for a wonderful story. The mystery kept me intrigued and the twists and turns to the solution were most interesting. The history and culture of the Cajun people that is used throughout the book is fascinating and I could tell how much effort the author put into her research. If you want a book that will grab you right from the first page and make you loathe any interruption while reading, then Whispers of the Bayou is the book for you. Brava Ms. Clark!"
--Kay Martinez

"Mindy Starns Clark is a master of mystery and suspense and those unexpected twists that make your spine tingle. In Whispers of the Bayou, you'll be flying through the pages as Miranda Miller uncovers the many secrets in her past. And you won't be able to put down this book until you find out who is trying to steal the treasure guarded by Miranda's family for two hundred years."
--Melanie Dobson, author of The Black Cloister and Together for Good

"Delightfully entertaining, emotionally heart-rending, and immensely suspenseful, Mindy Starns Clark's Whispers of the Bayou will transport you to the bayous of Louisiana and leave you breathless...There are so many surprising twists and turns in this story that there should be a warning on the cover that reading this book will cause loss of sleep because you will not be able to put it down. Bravo to Ms. Clark for an excellent read."
--MaryLu Tyndall, author of The Redemption, The Reliance, and The Restitution

"Whispers of the Bayou had me from the first page. Gripping, edgy and full of Louisiana folklore and wonderfully southern gothic suspense. Trust me--this is a good book. Seriously good. Buy it. You won't be able to put it down!"
--Lenora Worth, author of Secret Agent Minister

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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    I finished it but...
    July 5, 2014
    Charlene
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I finished the book but only because I was curious as to when God would make an appearance. The story was so so. It definitely was not what I was expecting.
  2. St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good mystery by Mindy, secrets to the end
    September 2, 2013
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Miranda Miller lost her mother when she was only five years old. Her Aunt Jane (AJ) came down to Louisiana to take her back to Manhattan to raise her, Miranda was in such bad shape that she wouldn't talk to anyone and only stared, it took a lot of counseling and time before she could finally communicate. Miranda is now married to Nathan and has a five year old daughter Tess, she has a job at the Manhattan Musuem restoring artwork. Miranda has a hard time becoming close to anyone in her life because of the events that happened during her first five years of life, it's like she has an invisible wall around her to keep people at a distance but she doesn't know why.

    AJ has been receiving letters from Willy Pedreaux, the old caretaker of the antebellum estate that Miranda inherited from her grandparents, but never let Miranda know. Jimmy Smith brings in a painting that he'd like restored which starts a string of strange events. The problem is it didn't really need restored but just cleaned, as she was checking the painting out she noticed a symbol that jogged her memory but couldn't quite place where she'd seen it before. Jimmy insisted on leaving the painting with her and left the museum, he was a very strange acting man. Since this was a Friday Miranda and AJ always met for lunch but on her way to meet AJ, two men attacked her, ripped her shirt up her back from her waist to her shoulders, gagged her with a rag, grabbed the bottom hem of her pants legs and pulled them up to reveal her ankles and calves, ripped off both shoes and socks then grabbed a fistful of hair while pushing her face onto the cold, slimy cement floor. They kept going back and forth in her hair until they found what they were looking for, finally satisfied, they just left her.

    She left the building and went to the closest business and had them call the police then called AJ to come and get her. After AJ helped her get cleaned up she told Miranda about the letters from Willy. Later at home telling Nathan about the incident and the conversation with AJ, they discover that their home has been bugged. Miranda decides she has to go to the Bayou to see Willy and find out what this is all about. She leaves the next morning and after she's at the estate a few hours Willy, on his deathbed, tries to tell her everything but dies before he gets all of the details out.

    There are many 'secrets' to be discovered in this story and Mindy does a good job of keeping them a secret until the end. If you like mysteries you'll enjoy this book, I have no problem in recommending it to other readers. I am also looking forward to reading some more of Mindy's mysteries.
  3. OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    very disappointed
    May 13, 2012
    touchdown
    OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I have always loaned out my books in the "Million Dollar Mystery Series" by this author. It was one of my favorites. I liked it as well as "The O'Mally series". So when I read this I was really expecting a lot. It wasn't there. Nothing she has written since the million dollar mystery series has come close. The writing is not there. While I did finish it it wasn't enjoyable. Ihated to write this review but felt I should write whatever I feel about any book I read whether others feel the same or not.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Could Not Finish This Book
    March 23, 2012
    Irma
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This book was not what I expected at all. As a previous reviewer stated it was nightmarish,there was too much voodoo and not much reference to God at all. As stated I did not finish the book and actually put it out in the trash. I hope that the author's other books are not the same as this one.

    I have read many other Christian mystery books and none disappointed me as this one did.
  5. Alberta, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Such an enjoyable read!
    August 24, 2011
    Adey
    Alberta, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had recently purchased and read The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny co-written by Mindy Starns Clark and I thought they were quite well done. I decided to try 4 of her stand-alone books including this one and WOW! I found them easy to read, and yet the storylines were unique and mysterious. The books had enough substance that it made me want to keep reading even if it was late at night :)

    Highly recommend all 4 of Mindy's stand-alone books (Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, Under the Cajun Moon and Secrets of Harmony Grove). She starts with a climax in the first few chapters and keeps the intensity there throughout the rest of the book! Next on my list to buy is her Million Dollar Mystery series and I can't wait!
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