The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

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In modern-day Gossamer Grove, Wisconsin, an inheritance forces Annalise Forsythe to face the town's dark secrets, while a century earlier amid the arrival of revivalists in Gossamer Grove, newspaperwoman Libby Sheffield works with a deacon's son to investigate his father's death.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780764230295
0764230298
Characteristics: 347 pages ;,22 cm

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cannotbeheard
Sep 13, 2018

The stories in this were well written but separated in strange spots. I think the two stories would have been better as short novels. I think it would have made a good series with a novel from a few more people's point of view. I would have enjoyed a lot more character development and splitting this into several novels would allow for that. I can see the value of telling two stories at the same time but it was unnecessary in this case. I would get invested and interested at the end of each chapter only to have the story cut off. I think the creativity of the story suffered because of this. The way it was done in this book made it difficult to follow.

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cularien
Jul 09, 2018

Having devoured The House on Foster Hill (my favorite fiction read of 2017), I was beyond excited to read The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond.

Reckoning absolutely satisfies as a gripping read. I found it a worthy second novel from Jaime Jo Wright (who, by the way, shares my love of coffee). Wright’s prose is eloquent and poetic (not Poe-tic … sorry, bad joke for those who have read it already)! I couldn’t decide whether I wanted the book to end (so I could find out the resolution) or keep going so it wouldn’t be over yet.

{Possible spoiler alert!} Readers of The House on Foster Hill will find similarities in plot style between the two. This story also unfolds from two alternating character perspectives ~100-ish years apart. Genealogy plays a role, as well, in tying the past and present stories together. {/spoiler}

Reckoning definitely lands in my top reads of 2018 to date. I fully expect its contending to last the remainder of the year (and indeed until Wright’s next release).

I received a free eARC from the author. All opinions are my own.

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