Title: Beyond the Silence
Author: Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse
My rating is 5 stars.
The story starts out in the year 1890 in California where a young woman is being attacked and her young son hears her screams and comes upon the scene. Then, readers are taken to another scene a year later but in a different home where a young woman is saying goodbye to her grandfather. The young woman is Lillian Porter who was raised by her grandparents after the death of her parents. However, after the death of her grandmother, her grandfather has become mean and won’t allow Lillian any freedoms. Yet, Lillian knows she is doing the right thing by leaving the home she was raised in to travel to California to become a nanny.
Woody is the father of a young boy Jimmy. Jimmy is the young boy who witnessed the crime against his mother. Since that day, Jimmy hasn’t spoken one word and his father is at a loss as to what to do. Woody is ostracized by the town; the gossip about him is vicious. It is in to this type of animosity that Lillian is surrounded by the moment she steps foot off the stagecoach.
From this point forward, I believe other readers like me are going to enjoy the relationship that develops between Lillian, Jimmy and the housekeeper. I enjoyed reading the wrestling of the heart and soul of the characters while learning how to forgive, move forward and forgiving the wagging tongues. There is also a man who is not treated kindly by the town because he is simple-minded and the sweetest kind of man that befriends Jimmy.
The various problems that Woody and his household endure will either deepen their faith or not. I loved how the adults at night would gather around the table to have a Bible study and how Lillian just loved to have her many questions voiced possibly answered during their time around the table. Lillian lived with a grandfather whose heart appeared to have become so hardened after the loss of his wife. I enjoyed too how Lillian kept reaching out to her grandfather though he stated he wanted nothing more to do with her or read her letters.
Beyond the Silence is a very heart-touching, adventurous story and truly an entertaining novel!
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