When an author has an award winning book the first time out you wonder if it is possible for their second book to be as good. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is definitely proof that Jaime Jo Wright is no one-trick pony! She has written another fantastic split timeline novel and this one features both present day events and others that happened over a century ago in the small town of Gossamer Grove, Wisconsin. The two heroines, separated by 100 years, are both affected by a mystery that began in 1907 with Libby Sheffield and is still creating havoc in the present day life of Annalise Forsythe. As we go back and forth between then and now, we are given two different stories of good and evil, sin and judgement and eventually grace and forgiveness. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is filled with suspense and mystery and there are moments when you doubt that there can be any happy or peaceful resolution and then, magically, readers are treated to profound truths and moments of clarity as the author ties the past and present together. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond has many references to Edgar Allen Poe and the master himself couldn't have done better because the endings of both of these stories are both surprising and satisfying!
Jaime Jo Wright isn't afraid to share her own personal beliefs and readers are reminded that even as we struggle to just keep moving forward we can be assured that there is ultimate victory for those who believe and trust in God's love and His grace. I cannot say too many good things about this book and I highly recommmend it to all who enjoy mystery and Christian fiction!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.