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The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  221 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 faade. 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. As ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
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
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.
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 !
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
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
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.
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 confused
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Jaime Jo Wright not only transports you to historic Gossamer Grove, but present day Gossamer Grove in a way that you never want to leave. Her ability to pull you into not one time period, but two, is uncanny. The stories might be decades apart, but they flow perfectly together, and collide in a way that surprises you. I thought I had this story pegged after the first few chapters. I knew the "whodunnit", how the characters were all going to come together, and what was going to happen in the end. ...more
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 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright is a gripping contemporary and historical Christian suspense which I loved.
The dual timelines of present day and 1907 have parallel stories that link across the years. Both have characters drowning in guilt and unforgiveness as secrets threaten to overwhelm. "It is a horrible place to wallow when you cannot forgive yourself." We punish ourselves and forget all about grace. "Without... grace, it was hard to crawl out of that pit." God's grace cove
Victoria Goodbrand
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
DNF @ 60%
I wasn’t really interested in the story so i DNFed.
Kelly Bridgewater
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jaime Jo Wright is making a name for herself in time-slip mysteries. I really enjoy historical mysteries, but for years, I have had a hard time finding an author who would do it justice. Wright has stepped up the genre game and has impressed me with her stories. I thoroughly enjoyed The House on Foster Hill, so I couldn't wait to get a copy of The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. Gossamer Pond was much more exciting than Foster Hill. Wright did an awesome job writing this time-slip mystery.

Her writi
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Do you have a secret? Something that haunts you and torments you with memories?
It may bring much more than guilt, but actual hurt and trauma...

Jaime Jo Wright is back with her witty writing dealing with the deep hidden side of our souls, the part weighted down by burdens we can't change. Gossamer Grove is not your quaint charming small-town. A fault-finding newspaper, a quintessential founding family, and cryptic obituaries. Add to that two seemingly censorious brothers speaking promises of revi
RoseMary Achey
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this title to be a bit slow and a bit dull. True it was a dual-time novel and typically these are my favorite, but this one just did not engage me.
Fiction Aficionado
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, time-slip
Ahh, delicious! I love the atmosphere Jaime Jo Wright creates in her stories—the kind of atmosphere that gives you goosebumps and has you constantly looking over the character’s shoulder, or maybe your own! Whilst not falling strictly within the Gothic genre, there’s definitely a Gothic feel to this novel—family secrets, past and present; death and unexplained (though not supernatural) happenings; a run-down trailer with a strange collection of obituaries and photos; and the mysterious Jacobus C ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two women, separated by a hundred years, must unravel the mysteries of their own town before it's too late and they lose their future—or their very lives. (snippet of the back cover)

What can I say? I am in love with Wright's writing! She knows how to pull you so completely into a story, that you feel like you're trying to wrangle a whirl-wind, whew!! She'll flip you every which way but up and make you lose your breath from the start. Seriously, I didn't breathe until the very last page and by t
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This mystery filled with long hidden secrets and unexplained deaths will captivate its readers from the beginning.

Ms. Wright has proven that she is not just a one-and-done writer. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond has placed her on the top of my list. She writes time-slip novels with the skill of an expert, connecting a modern-day mystery to one in the past. She has a knack to keep me equally involved in both Annalise and Libby's stories. The two stories were deftly woven together, leaving t
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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This story exceeded my expectations. The depth of the characters, the exceptional descriptions of location and word imagery that go beyond your typical fiction novel. The very atmosphere of the story is vivid and realistic. I didn’t just read this story, I lived the story! I walked the streets of Gossamer Grove, I took a seat on a stale staw bale of hay that stuck the back of my legs. I felt hurt and sadness at the painful secret that
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Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award-Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing suspenseful, mysteries stained with history's secrets. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at!
“Obituaries were the final diary page of life lived, whether pleasant or tragic, full or barren.” 2 likes
“But that's not true. Not of real faith. 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.” 0 likes
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