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Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright | Book Review by Loraine Nunley #bookreview

What is this book about?

After Aggie Dunkirk’s career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn’t plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene–even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse.

Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery’s puzzling, yet attractive archeologist, she exhumes the past’s secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet–even if it means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Grayson works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister’s body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister’s case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.

My review:

The feeling I had by the time I closed this book was not unlike the feeling one gets from stepping off a roller coaster after the ride. My legs were shaking and my heart tripped along inside my chest. Wow. What a ride!

Every time I pick up a story from this author, I am fascinated by how she manages to intertwine the lives of the heroines from two different time frames with the same threads of mystery and intrigue. The tapestry made is wonderfully thrilling.

I’m gushing, perhaps from lack of sleep as I gave that up once I reached the last few chapters. I knew what was going to happen and yet there were still surprises in store for me.

While I enjoyed Aggie and Imogene’s stories, particularly their similarities in personality, I found that my heart was captured by Collin in Aggie’s timeline. He is now one of my favorite heroes. From his accent and pet names, to his Scottish physique, I so enjoyed the times when he showed up on the pages.

This story dug deep into the theme of grief. I liked how the need for God to heal was highlighted in all the journeys of grief. Great inspirational thread and yet completely realistic.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The excellent weaving of two suspenseful story lines from different time frames.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Loss of sleep. 😉

Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? You bet. I’ve loved all of this author’s stories. Great suspense and outstanding story telling.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Jaime Jo Wright, Author website

-Loraine Nunley

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