I like Newport s writing style There is just something about how she tells a story that captures me Much of the narrative consists of the day to day activities of the people involved There are no live and death suspense moments involved in the plot Nonetheless, I enjoyed the novel.I did not feel the plot was very strong A man comes to town to ski and befriends people We find he is struggling over something Through flashbacks, we find the history behind his turmoil Genealogy researcher Jillian and her dad help the fellow to understand his situation and come to grips with what must be done There is sort of a love triangle included but not really Newport does address several issues in the character interaction such as shame and guilt.This is a novel for people who like a gentle story without any heart stopping suspense The characters come across as good people wanting to do the right thing and that is refreshing.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher My comments are an independent and honest review. Welcome back to the snowy Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines Jillian the genealogist and her lawyer dad Nolan, find themselves with another mystery to solve They have to work quickly to stop a young man from making a fatal mistake.This story grew interesting as it went and Tucker s family history was pieced together The power of shame and how it can influence a person s decisions, plus the need for forgiveness, played an important part of the story Jillian and her dad have a fun and unique relationship I enjoyed their interactions I appreciated the plotline even after reading the author s notes at the end Hard to think some of it was based on real events Readers looking for a story based partially in truth, with a bit of mystery and just a hint of romance, may enjoy this one An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley All opinions expressed are my own. A Father Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present To Past On Family Trees On A Solo Ski Vacation In Canyon Mines, Colorado, Tucker Has A Love Hate Relationship With His Wealth, Spending Indiscriminately While Skiing Fearlessly And Preparing To Conquer The Overgrown Slope Of Hidden Run, A Dangerous Run Not Attempted In Decades As Genealogist Jillian Tries To Uncover Enough Of Tucker S Family Tree To Understand His Charming Nature But Reckless Resolve, Jillian S Equally Charming Father, Nolan, Cajoles Tucker Into Giving Him Ski Lessons To Get Him Talking About The Suspicious Circumstances Surrounding His Grandfather S Life In St Louis In The S On The Surface, Tucker S Family S History Seems Too Perfect The Secret May Lie In The Sealed Envelope Tucker Carries With Him At All Times Even On The Ski Slope When No One Can Find Tucker To Tell Him The Fianc E He Never Mentioned Turned Up In Canyon Mines, They Realize He Must Be Off Attempting To Ski Hidden Run Alone In A Snowstorm And They May Be Too Late In The Cradle Lies Is The Second Book In The Tree Of Life Series By Olivia Newport You Ll Want To Return To The Lovely Colorado Mountain Town Of Canyon Mines Again And Again To Explore And Celebrate Unforgettable Family Stories That Will Inspire You To Connect With Your Own Family Histories And Unique Faith Journeys 4.5 stars for this second installment in the Tree of Life series While this is book 2, it can be read as a stand alone, but you ll have a bit insight into Jillian and Nolan if you ve read The Inn at Hidden Run prior This book follows the father daughter duo once again as they help another visitor to Canyon Mines, CO untangle some elements of their past For comparison sake, I will say I enjoyed the first book better as the character of Meri was a bit mysterious and the historical aspect didn t tie in until the very end, which made for a fascinating journey In this book, you knew right away how the historical piece tied in, though there were still a few surprises at the end Also, Tucker was a bit of a frustrating character to me as he would hint around that he wanted to talk about what was happening, but then wouuld just clam up However, once Jillian was able to get to work on his case, the story really came out and the plot line was fantastic I really enjoyed the use of actual history to form the fictional characters back stories I enjoyed the interaction between the characters in this and the characters are both likable and relatable The plot line was fantastic, and the faith thread was quite present There was also the message of how guilt and shame can carry into everything we say and do, so we should deal with it before it does just that All in all, this was a great book and I would recommend to fans of general fiction, as it had a lot of great elements of many genres a mystery, a twinge of romance, a contemporary story line, a historical story line, and family drama Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced e copy of this book I was under no obligation to write a review and the opinions contained herein are my own. I love Olivia Newport s work She has a way of writing that will draw you into this book I m not crazy about the split time line because it tends to confuse me but I did enjoy seeing how it all tied up at the end There were other things that I enjoyed and it kept my interest until the end.I loved the setting in this book I think that I wouldn t mind living in a small mountain town like that I think it would be nice.I am going to say please don t do an excerpt from the future book because to me it ruins it If you want a nice relaxing read then this is for you IMy thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own. 4 stars This is the second book in the Tree of Life series This series steps into the lives of a father daughter team that use their expertise in mediation and genealogy to help others find their way in life In this second installment a mysterious young man arrives in Canyon Mines that seems to be trying to throw away his fortune one generous gift at a time and take his life into his own hands to ski a dangerous, forgotten ski run But no one can figure out why Jillian and her dad Nolan are on the job to help figure things out for poor Tucker I enjoyed this book than the first one I felt as though the quirky cast of characters were quite a bit less overbearing in this story than the first I like Jillian and her dad and the host of other characters in Canyon Mines It seems like it would be a fun place to live in the summer LOL I liked the split time line and trying to fit all the pieces together of Tucker s family story along with Jillian and her dad This is a great cozy read if you re looking for something somewhat light but with some deeper truths mixed in At the end I enjoyed the peek into the next book and am excited to read Jillian and Nolan s next adventure I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the Tree of Life series by this author I can t tell you how much I love this author writing style Everything just flows and connects I love how the story connects history with the genealogy aspect I love these characters and I even looked the town up because I would love to visit It is fictional I cant wait to see what the next story holds While this book is part of a series it could be read as a stand alone with no problems Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book All opinions were my own. In the Cradle Lies is an excellent novel Part two of the Tree of Life series, this book is the perfect addition and a great holiday read Life in Canyon Mines has returned to normal however, nothing stays quiet for long, and soon a new mystery plows into town Plagued with anger after hearing his Grandpa Matt s last words, Tucker Kintzler has come to Canyon Mines to escape his life in Missouri Refocusing his thoughts, Tucker becomes obsessed with the legend of Hidden Run, a ski slope that has not been found or used for decades The slope is treacherous and unpredictable, but will his new friends, Nolan, Jillian, and Kris, be able to stop him before he takes the plunge Families will be questioned, friendships will be tried, and loyalty will be the thing that holds them altogether Flashback to the 1930s, in the town of Maple Turn, Missouri, where a boy named Matthew Ryder is growing up in a home is full of secrets Struggling to feel like he belongs, Matthew won t stop until he uncovers the truth that has been hidden for so long however, when the day of truth comes, Matthew will have to make a decision will either set him free or lock him in chains.I thoroughly enjoyed this book It was well written and contained so much emotion and care than The Inn at Hidden Run, book one of this series My only complaint was that the synopsis spoils Tucker s fiance s arrival Her entrance into the narrative would ve been so unexpected had it not been written in the description That said, I thought that the characters were relatable, the story not rushed, and the revelations shocking I also loved the background story of Matthew s life because it brought all of the pieces together beautifully This book is a must read Thanks to NetGalley, and the publisher, for providing me with the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is my first read by Olivia Newport, but definitely will not be my last As with many people these days, my family has jumped aboard the genealogy bandwagon, so I was intrigued by the premise of a series with a genealogist as a main character Dual timeline stories are my favorite However, not everyone does it well I thoroughly enjoyed this story and Olivia Newport s writing style Jillian and her father, Nolan, befriend a mysterious stranger to Canyon Mines Tucker has taken a solo ski trip, as he comes to terms with the difficult task he was given by his deceased grandfather Ms Newport crafted a beautiful story full of the hidden secrets and shame that can affect a family for years if not generations While I felt like this can definitely be read as a standalone, I intend to read the first book in the series I love the relationship between the father and daughter team of Nolan and Jillian I look forward to visiting Canyon Mines and its engaging characters again in future books in this series I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author publisher and was not required to write a positive review All opinions expressed are mine. Tucker is on the run from some family secrets and to a ski destination to think about skiing and finding a historic ski slope called Hidden Run that hasn t been a working ski run in many years Can Tucker find the long ago used ski slope and ski it while he is staying Canyon Mines Can he forget his family history for a few days so he doesn t have to think about the last words of his grandfather who recently passed away In The Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport tells both Tucker s story and his grandfather s history through a dual timeline.I did enjoy The Inn at Hidden Run, the first book in the Tree of Life series However, I think In the Cradle Lies was even better than the first one This story kept me turning pages to find out of Tucker s background and to find out what happened to Tucker to cause him to be such a reckless spender and skier Not only that but there was one surprise that I wouldn t have seen coming except it was alluded to on the back of the book I didn t really like the Tucker that was struggling with some issues but I did like the guy who faced his struggles and wasn t normally reckless I didn t like his great grandfather Judd or Judd s choices throughout the book, but I liked that his grandfather stood up to him even though he felt bound to do things a certain way I could understand why he made the choices he did I also liked that there were secondary struggles faced in Jillian and Nolan s family I think this series is so good in that it reminds us that every family has some challenges and sins from the past that likely affect future generations I also thought it was realistic in that it showed that the reactions we have to those sins can affect others today and we need to be responsible for what we do with what we know to make good choices I am already looking forward to the next book in the series When I Meet You releases in May of 2020 but there is a brief preview at the end of In the Cradle Lies I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Hello I m imagining you You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store You sit in front of me in church I m at my table in the coffee shop and you re at yours.We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.Here
- 256 pages
- In the Cradle Lies (Tree of Life #2)
- Olivia Newport
- 02 May 2018 Olivia Newport