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
Characteristics: 347 pages ;,22 cm


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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.

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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