Happy November, friends!!
I hope you’ve had a good start to your week. I’ve got another book review for you. This time I’ll be talking about Terri J. Haynes’ Passages of Hope, which released today! Be sure to add this one to your TBR stack.
About the Book
Discover the Story Behind a Secret Passageway
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.
Gracie Kingston begins renovations on the Philadelphia house inherited from her grandmother and finds a secret room. It is connected to a house nearby, the home of William Still, the man known as the father of the Underground Railroad. As she researches, she discovers a mystery in her house’s ownership. In 1855, Olivia Kingston helps a mother and her young child by hiding them in a secret room in her home. As she helps, she learns that there may be an impostor conductor in their community. As Gracie’s and Olivia’s stories intertwine, they learn the meaning of sacrifice and love.
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Isn’t this cover gorgeous? The moment I saw it, I knew I had to read it. It also had bonus points that I’ve interacted (and read) with the author before.
Did I mention this book is dual timeline?
I love how Ms. Haynes puts us right in the beginning. Gracie has just inherited her grandmother’s house in order to fulfill a dream. She’s facing a lot of opposition but there’s a quiet strength in her she hasn’t yet discovered is there.
But then the moment comes when she finds that secret room and I was hooked (could that be a crochet joke?)!
The history of that room, and of course, the dual timeline we get to experience it in, along with personal touches of what being able to crochet/knit means to Gracie kept me turning the pages. This book will stick with me long after the end.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.
About the Author
Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, Army wife, writer, prolific knitter and freelance graphic artist. She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As she grew, her love for writing grew as she tried her hand at poetry, articles, speeches and fiction. She is storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers in the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.