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The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,496 ratings  ·  355 reviews
For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant façade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. A ...more
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Published July 3rd 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published July 2018)
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Jaime Jo Wright did it again! I loved this one just as much as I did her debut, "The House at Foster Hill." Of course it doesn't hurt that the cover is so dreamy and perfect, but the story inside is the real winner. Gripping and mysterious and making me hang on with my fingernails and feel great fear for the characters involved!

I felt like both story arcs were balanced and well done, though I especially loved the action and twists near the end for the historical one. I also liked that the romanc
Rounding up to 4.5 stars. This was another great story with mystery until the very end. Just when I thought I had it figured out, nope got that one wrong too. I obviously would not make a very good detective.

This is a time-slip story of Annalise Forsythe and Libby Sheffield. Both residents of Gossamer Grove, Wisconsin, one in 1907, the other in present day -- but the question is, how are they connected. With Annalise in present day running a coffee shop, wanting to open a food pantry for the und
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This novel pulled me in quickly! While both the current day and early 1900s story lines held my interest, it was the current day story of Annalise that I enjoyed more. The story from the 1900s was incredibly twisted and I was shocked to learn it was partially based upon actual events. The love square from the early 1900s fell flat for me, but other than that I found The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond to be a solid mystery novel.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"The sun broke through the clouds as if to taunt her. It reflected her own life. Her own secrets. The dark basements of her soul she wanted no one to see into compared to the bright sunshine of a pleasant disguise. It masked the truth of what lurked in the shadows...Sometimes the daylight was more frightening than the dark." ~ Ch. 30 The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

I really loved this book. I think JJW did a fantastic job developing a creepy and at times intense atmosphere. We follow two women in
Rachel McMillan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
LOVED JACOBUS to pieces. More to come
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy a good mystery and time-slip novels, check this one out !
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two stories in one...and both packed a big punch! Exciting and gripping, this is how I like my Christian fiction!
Susan Snodgrass
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel captivated me and I knew that she was an author to follow. Her sophomore novel only deepened that resolve.

Gossamer Grove is a town of Midwestern charm and home town values. However, Annalise Forsythe has painful secrets and knows more and they all hover over the pleasant façade the town displays. She is suddenly bequeathed a run down trailer and discovers it is full of obituaries, and photos of her! There are indeed some dark secrets in this town.

Over a century ear
Heather Gilbert
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Wright has truly hit her stride in this second standalone novel filled with edge-of-the-seat suspense. She expertly weaves two timelines together and brings to life a small town filled with secrets. I enjoy the unique writing style and look forward to Wright's next book! ...more
Morgan Smith
This novel is a MUST READ!!!

This book grabbed me from page 1 and held me spellbound!! A novel not easily forgotten! A suspenseful tale of murder and a small town’s hidden secrets come to light within beautifully revealed themes of forgiveness and grace even for past sins that seem unforgivable.
Toni Shiloh
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond except for suspense and faith. I admit, I figured it would be a little on the creepy side because of Ms. Wright’s first novel, The House on Foster Hill. While Ms. Wright does give the reader suspense and faith, the mystery aspect is so much more.

“Libby Sheffield had never stopped to wonder what she would take specific note of if she ever stumbled upon a dead body.”

From the opening line, I was pulled in. Where the deaths in 1907 Gos
I absolutely loved Jaime Jo Wright's debut The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright and looked forward to her second novel with high expectations. Though the mysteries were intriguing and kept me reading, it was a bit slower than her debut and a tiny bit less suspenseful.

However, even though I didn't love it as much as her first, it was still a solid suspense/mystery which kept me guessing right till the end. There was a few things I guessed right, especially in the present day mystery, whereas the historical mystery kept me confu
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great mystery by Jaime Jo Wright! This one kept me guessing all the way to the end.
Tracy Brower
Jul 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was like watching paint dry. It was slow and rehashed the same topics and dialogue again and again. Weak female characters, one dimensional characters, stilted language, and a thin mystery were all frustrating. The frosting on the cake was the prosthelytizing the author does - in heavy doses.
Sep 04, 2018 added it
"Life is hard and it takes guts, faith, and a massive amount of out-of-this-world grace." (p 307)

Wow...this is another how-do-I-find-the-words-to-explain-how-I-feel kind of books. Definitely masterfully written. The way Wright weaves together past and present...the pacing of information revealed, the mystery build up -- it's incredibly well done. Kept me hanging every time we flipped from 1907 to present day. And the author is infuriatingly (and delightfully) slow at revealing all the pieces of
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenges
“God can do pretty stellar things with screwed-up people”.

Suspicious deaths with over a hundred years apart. Is it a coincidence or is there more going on in Gossamer Grove than the eye can see?

This is the second book I have read by Jamie Jo Wright. Just like her debut novel she nailed the suspense element. I liked that I was guessing until the last chapter.

My heart broke for all of the main characters they all experienced some heart wrenching challenges. But I enjoyed each of their journey t
Andrea Cox
Melodrama overload for me. I wasn’t really in the mood for that, nor was I prepared for the expletives and profane phrases that popped up on occasion throughout this book (more frequently than in this author’s previous book). That latter point was a huge turn-off for me.

The mysteries kept me interested enough to come back to this book after setting down the nonfiction book I was working on. I also found the obituary angle quite unique and intriguing.

Content: expletives, profane phrases, marital
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Terrific read of us as sinners and God as the great giver of grace and forgiveness.
Christian Fiction Addiction
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Readers who enjoyed Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel, "The House on Foster Hill", will be pleased to learn that her sophomore offering is every bit as good as her first! The novel zings along with well-plotted transitions between past and present, engaging readers thoroughly into the mysterious events tying together the residents of Gossamer Grove from the early 1900s to our modern times. I would be hard pressed to say which character I enjoyed reading about more, whether the historical Libby or th ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Didn't you know? Didn't you read? Tonight is your time to die."

Deep, dank, dark secrets. The town of Gossamer Grove has been drowning in them for well over a century; curious notes bearing sad tidings for their recipients, confirming that "the boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague".

It all began when Libby Sheffield found Deacon Greenwood hanging from the rafters of his carriage house at the break of dawn. Traumatized and confused when two totally different obitu
Jocelyn Green
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wonder what the inside of Jaime Jo Wright's mind looks like. I'm sure I would get lost in it--and I mean that in the very best way. For her to be able to come up with two different stories with their own sets of characters, but in ways that connect and yet remain distinct...that is a talent I do not posssess, and it blows me away.

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is bursting with character and characters. Any darkness you might encounter in a book like this is tempered by heaps and loads of grac
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is a fabulous book! I enjoyed getting to know the people of Gossamer Grove, especially Annalise and Libby. I am a huge fan of time slip novels and this one did not disappoint. It is full of secrets, mystery and suspense. Which kept me intrigued and fascinated until the end. I just could not put it down.
I highly recommend The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond and give it a well deserved 5 plus stars.
I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a re
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book captured my attention from the first moments and did not let go. I loved how both Libby's and Annalise's stories were told . . . stories of people who were very much flawed and had sinful pasts, but who were able to learn how to grab onto the grace that Christ offers us.
The mystery aspect threw me for several loops, and I gasped in surprise a few times as certain revelations were made. I like when an author not only pulls you along in the story, but keeps you guessing as well.
4.5 stars
“She was good at keeping secrets. She had kept them for years. It’s what people in Gossamer Grove did.”

“Real faith is knowing forgiveness comes, you change, and then you walk and struggle together. Jam your knees, hit your knuckles, scrapes, bruises, broken legs, whatever. Life is hard and it takes guts, faith, and a massive amount of out-of-this-world grace.”

“A reckoning day will come.”

Every book I read by Jaime Jo Wright brings me one step closer to her being my favorite writer. I love the dua
Natalie Walters
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author, Jaime Jo Wright, delivers another haunting split time mystery that'll have you cautiously but irresistibly turning pages late into night.

I was drawn in from the very first page. Ms. Wright seduces the senses with her haunting imagery of Gossamer Pond and its residents. Separated by a century the strong cast of characters add dimension to an already twisting plot and will leave you as anxious to solve the mystery as Libby and Annalise are. Ms. Wright magnifies the historic element by wea
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm just going to quit reading these time-slip novels. Too hard to follow. I don't like a book I have to work at keeping the characters and timelines straight. Too many other good books to read. ...more
Courtney Clark
*Audiobook Review*
This is the very first Jaime Jo Wright book I have had the pleasure of reading. It won't be my last! I loved the balance of the split time storylines. I was equally invested in both and curious as to how they would connect. The twists, surprises, and chilling secrets all weaved together is impressive and indicative of a skilled storyteller. The suspense and mystery are only heightened by the faith element as grace plays out in the lives of the characters, sometimes in an unexpe
Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)
The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond grabbed my attention from its first pages and contains numerous interesting mysteries to be solved throughout. I really love the way this book simultaneously tells two separate stories with over a century and many parallels between them, one in 1907 and one in 2018 (the year this book was first published)... Both set in the town of Gossamer Grove... Both containing murder, intrigue, and a wonderful message that true Christianity is about grace and mercy, not judgme ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
DNF @ 60%
I wasn’t really interested in the story so i DNFed.
Lynn Spencer
The writing in this book just did not flow well, and the historical section felt very overwrought. I loved this author's debut, but I just could not get into this novel. ...more
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