Romantic Suspense Book Review: The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

Publisher's Description

"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 faade. 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."

My Review

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond, by Jamie Jo Wright, is truly an impressive novel! When the mysteriously strange events hidden in the past are dangerously linked to dramatic and suspenseful events of the present, this intensely gripping time-slip novel becomes utterly compelling and engrossing. With excellent pacing, important details are carefully revealed, unraveling the secretive and puzzling circumstances in which the characters find themselves. The journey to make sense of the unsettling and bizarre events makes for an extremely captivating reading experience. 
Despite being separated by more than a century and told from two different viewpoints, the two interrelated storylines mingle and meld together with incredible skill and careful attention to detail as though they were painted with a delicate watercolor brush. The intricate plot is absolutely riveting as it gradually reveals its surprising truths. In the face of daunting circumstances and painful secrets, the characters possess an inner strength and determination that is intriguing and inspiring. As they struggle with fear, loss, and insecurities, the authentic characters manage to cling to hope, renewal, and redemption.

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is an incredibly fascinating novel from start to finish. The absorbing mystery and thrilling suspense are intensely satisfying. It is a well-written, engaging, and relevant novel, and I highly recommend it.

My Reflection

Throughout this novel, Jaime Jo Wright skillfully illuminates the importance of God’s grace and forgiveness to heal wounded hearts and the promise that God’s salvation and redemption are available to all. Even in moments of regret, even in situations that seem desperate and bleak, and even in the midst of significant fear there can be found an unshakable hope when we trust in the promises of an eternal God. There are certainly ominous and unsettling moments in this book, but the light of God’s compassion is always present as it shines with mercy and restoration.     

About the Author

" Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher's Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at!" --Biography from Jaime Jo Wright's author page on

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*I received a copy if this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.


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