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Today's Shadows

Title:  Today’s Shadows
Author:  Becky Melby
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Barbour
                There are many colors the author puts on the canvas to paint for her readers an intriguing story.  One color is the mystery of an heiress who doesn’t know she is one and of her father having come to Christ and wanting to be a father to her.  Second, something happens to cause Stephanie to wake up to reality after just wanting to be daddy’s only princess.  Third, someone within the hotel industry wants to become top dog and what lengths will he go to in order to make his place secure?  Then, add a mother dumping her child into the lap of her former personal assistant who is trying to build a new future for herself.
Just in case those intriguing tidbits aren’t enough to interest you to read the book, then add the following:  There are flashbacks to the year 1911 with a sole house servant who longs to be on her own and doing what she wants.  The timing of this type of thought comes on the heels of a break through the class system that only gave the privileged class opportunities.  During this time, child labor laws weren’t in effect, so just how many young children were foregoing an education because they had to work?  All this and more takes place one year before the Titanic sinks, but exactly how does that tie the past and present characters in the story together?
When I first began reading this novel, I found it kind of hard to get into, but that could be because I was trying to figure out where the author was heading with the story.  Once I began to understand the flashback and then the current moment sequence of scenes, it became a mystery.  As I progressed it was evident that there was a story within the main storyline of the book.  From that point on, I became even more intrigued, especially as the author continued to add layers to the characters lives as the tale progressed.
Another particular element was a story written by a woman that was being read by other women decades later.  It was really fascinating for the characters to be drawn into a story written by a character from the early 1900s.  I know that I came away thinking about the changes that women have gone through as time has moved forward.  It isn’t about political or social standing, but about one’s standing with Christ.  If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
           My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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