Beyond the Silence
The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth. . . .
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. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know.
Still, something dark did happen in the family’s past. Lillian’s seven-year-old charge hasn’t spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. 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. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love—or will it endanger her even more?
Lillian strikes out for the west coast and a nanny position. By so doing, she became estranged from her grandfather. She can’t listen to the gossip about her new employer, because she no longer has anywhere else to go.
The longer she works for Woodward Colton, the more false the rumors seem. But why doesn’t Jimmy speak? He’s been mute for nearly a year no and Lillian is trying so hard to help him.
It seems that his problem is tied to his mother’s death, but no one but Jimmy knows why he no longer speaks. Will it take another tragedy before he speaks again?
Thank you so much Ms Peterson and Ms Woodhouse. You two ladies work well together. I hope you plan to team up again for future books.
***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***
Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.
Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers.
Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family—especially her three grandchildren—Rainy, Fox, and Max.
Kim Woodhouse is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students throughout the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at more than 700 venues.
Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.
The Woodhouse family’s story has been on the front page of newspapers, in magazines, articles, medical journals, and most recently featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They were also asked to share their story on The Montel Williams Show and Discovery Health Channel’s Mystery ER.
Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters—you name it—she’s written it. It wasn’t until a dear friend challenged her to “do something with it,” that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.
Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly “Extreme” home.