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Adria Fontaine has been sent to recover goods her father pirated on the Great Lakes during the war. But when she arrives at Foxglove Manor--a stone house on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior--Adria senses wickedness hovering over the property. The mistress of Foxglove is an eccentric and seemingly cruel old woman who has filled her house with dangerous secrets, ones that may cost Adria her life.

Present day.
Kailey Gibson is a new nurse's aide at a senior home in a renovated old stone manor. Kidnapped as a child, she has nothing but locked-up memories of secrets and death, overshadowed by the chilling promise from her abductors that they would return. When the residents of Foxglove start sharing stories of whispers in the night, hidden treasure, and a love willing to kill, it becomes clear this home is far from a haven. She'll have to risk it all to banish the past's demons, including her own.

352 pages, Paperback

First published June 1, 2021

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Jaime Jo Wright

15 books1,276 followers
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 jaimewrightbooks.com!

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Profile Image for Michelle Griep.
Author 35 books2,013 followers
July 1, 2021
I often admire well crafted sentences or those that make me smile. This one was so stellar it made me snort kombucha out my nose because it was so unexpected:
Lula’s voice pierced the air with the subtlety of a drunk announcing “drinks for all” in a saloon.

And that, my friends, is just one of the many reasons you should snatch up On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor as fast as you can pedal your bike to the bookstore.

Deliciously gothic, this tale has all the makings of a Poe and Bronte mashup. I was hooked from the get go, it's that enthralling. But it's not just the plot that's killer. Let's take a moment to appreciate my favorite character, Mr. Crayne, shall we? He won my heart from the moment he made his mysterious entrance to the very satisfying last scene. Yes, he's flawed but totally understandable. He's such a tortured soul. Really, really well done character and one heckuva hero!

I also need to mention a close second is Jude. It's rare to see an autistic man written with such flare. The bond between him and Kailey was heartwarming.

Two thumbs up to what is now my favorite Jaime Jo Wright tale!
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Author 28 books1,187 followers
May 24, 2021
Set on the turbulent shores of Lake Superior, this novel has the perfect creepy setting, secrets galore, a Civil War legacy, and enough spookiness to satisfy without being unbelievable. Another masterful tineslip from Jaime Jo Wright, with all the unique characters, skillful writing, and depth we've come to expect from her.

If you're new to this author and balk at the mention of ghosts in a Christian fiction novel, please hang in there. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but by the end of the story you'll see that everything is consistent with a biblical worldview of the afterlife.
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601 reviews67 followers
May 24, 2021
Wow! I always think that I know what I’m getting myself into when I pick up a Jaime Jo Wright book, but this book still got to me. I have learned not to read it after dark! I loved this book so much that I read most of it in one sitting! I was also pleased that one of the characters had a name like mine! I highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
June 30, 2021
“He had ruined death for her, and the hope of it.”

Wow! Wow! Wow! Make sure you have allotted some uninterrupted reading time before you start On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor because, once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. Sleep? Who needs it? Food? You can survive for a while without eating. Bathroom break? Take the book with you. I was so incredibly caught up in this latest offering from Jaime Jo Wright – the world could have ended and I might not have noticed.

Picture this: a remote stone manor house, perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior, harboring long-buried secrets and heartbreak, a legacy of broken lives in its wake. Two women, a century apart, both deeply affected by this house and its secrets, both determined to solve the mystery that swirls through its halls – and each putting her life in danger to do so. Rumors of Civil War treasures. Whispers about a little girl ghost. Murmurings of pirates and smugglers on the lake. And through all of this, the author weaves an intricate story with fascinating characters, building the suspense with just the right amount of secrets & foreboding at just the right time.

(side note: I could not help but think of Joey in Friends when he says, “You know I’m scared of little girl ghosts!” LOL)

Let’s talk about the romance for a minute, too. Because this is me… and while I would read this author’s books without any hint of romance, the sparks & tension & chemistry – and KISSES (hooray!) – in On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor are icing on the cake for me. My favorite romantical pairings from this author are in this book, and I could easily read more stories surrounding these characters. And while we’re speaking of characters, I must mention the supporting cast. Nobody we meet on these pages is there by accident, and each adds their own layers to this deliciously spooky story. I especially loved Jude, Kailey’s autistic older brother, and Raymond & Maddie.

Bottom Line: Jaime Jo Wright is both a pioneer & a master of Inspirational dual timeline suspense, and it’s perhaps never more evident than in On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor. I’m always a fan of a good ghost story, and Wright gives us one, while also (brilliantly) staying true to a Biblical worldview. The perfectly-done gothic elements add to the atmospheric appeal of the book, and the breathless romantic chemistry ramps up the already-high tension even more. Stunning twists, intriguing characters, and breathless suspense had me glued to the pages, and the way the author ties the two timelines together is nothing short of perfection.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

first reviewed at Reading Is My SuperPower
Profile Image for Deanne Patterson.
1,771 reviews126 followers
July 31, 2021
Loved the setting of this book set on the shores of the Great Lakes.
The author sure knows how to create an atmospheric setting.
This is one thing I always look forward to in her books, the atmospheric setting. No matter what scene she describes you feel as though you are right here experiencing it too.
A search for a hidden civil war treasure,a ghost and dangerous secrets that will have you looking over your shoulder will make you want to read this late into the night to finish it.

Pub Date 01 Jun 2021
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.
All opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Erica Vetsch.
Author 54 books1,076 followers
June 21, 2021
Jaime Jo Wright has created an evocative and atmospheric read that intertwines buried treasure with buried truth. By turns gothic and gentle, ghostly and gripping, On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor draws you into the past and propels you toward a thrilling end. With a backdrop of wild Lakes Superior and its mesmeric shores, you’ll feel every pulse-pounding, wind-tossed wave.

I received a review copy of this book. I was not required to leave a review.
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642 reviews10 followers
May 26, 2021
“There’s a treasure here—at Foxglove Manor—and it’s been around for a long time.”

“You realize that sounds like National Treasure collided with The Sixth Sense, don’t you?”

“We must build our weak lives on a foundation that does not shift. Like the rock on which we stand. On love. Love that is eternal.”

Does Jaime Jo Wright ever write a bad book? In my experience, the answer is a definitive NO. What I love best about this author and her books is that while she always does the dual timelines, each book is so unique so you never know what to expect. Jaime Jo Wright has quickly become one of my favorite authors and one that I have high expectations every outing.

On The Cliffs Of Foxglove Manor is a gothic suspense novel that meets every expectation and checks off all the boxes one should look for: very atmospheric, suspenseful, page-turning, great characters, great setting, realistic dialogue, and the perfect dose of faith elements. And throw in some ghost sightings and buried treasure searching too!

I try to read Jaime Jo Wright books as slowly as possible to savor each word but once I pass the halfway mark, I can’t control myself and quickly the devour the rest. I love how the dual timeframes always come together so perfectly. And the ending is not something I saw coming at all.

In conclusion, pick up the book and read it. And if you have never read a Jaime Jo Wright book, then you have a lot of late night reading ahead of you!

I received this book free from Netgalley and publisher Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

For more reviews, please check out my blog!
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2,001 reviews189 followers
May 16, 2021
'Ain't nothing lives long here at Foxglove Manor.'

Jaime Jo Wright once again employs her trademark time slip to to plunge her readers into a gothic tale that will grip your attention from the very first paragraph and doesn't let go until the last page is turned.

1885. Alexandria Fontaine is sent to Foxglove Manor by her hateful father to find his gold. Foxglove Manor is set on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior. Adria feels only desperate evil here, a house chock full of secrets. And strangers. She suspects everything here and feels no peace at all.

'Being afraid just came with the territory of living in Foxglove Manor.'

Present Day. Kailey Gibson goes to work at Foxglove Manor and is given permission to bring her older autistic brother with her. The brother who writes down series of letters that puzzle her and which seem to have something to do with the creepiness of Foxglove Manor. She, too, feels the overpowering secrets of the place.

Creepy in all the best ways, Foxglove Manor holds mysteries that will hold two women captive and they must risk everything to destroy the demons of the past. Jaime Joe Wright is in her element here. Her vivid descriptions of everything plops the reader right down into the middle of the story and they are not let go! This one held me totally enthralled all the way through. I highly recommend this one.

My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not required to leave a positive review. The opinions in this review is entirely my own.
2,809 reviews1,728 followers
June 3, 2021
Whoa -- this might just be Jaime Jo Wright's best novel yet! Full of classic Gothic elements in both timelines that put both heroines in peril, On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor is a a shivery atmospheric delight.

First off -- the manor! Cue the creepy background music and be prepared to be chilled by its ominous presence. A fortress of secrets. Harbinger of death. And then there are the two heroines, a century apart, but both determined to solve it's mystery...or die trying. And did I mention the ghost? And Hidden treasure. Even some talk of pirates! Along with the sobering specter of a local history that just won't die.

Honestly, Wright is a master at weaving the threads of a dual timeline story. This one was more mysterious than any of her others -- chock full of surprises and so much heartbreak. And the way the author builds the suspense elements without ever giving too much away is sheer agonizing perfection. So many 'aha' moments for me. It got to the point where I stopped trying to figure it all out and just allowed the story to carry me away. And I listened to every word with bated breath! It was over way too fast.

By the by -- the audible edition is really well done. Narrator Leah Horowitz does crotchety old men exceptionally well. :-)
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558 reviews98 followers
June 18, 2021
On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor is delightfully creepy and romantic! Gothic tones and atmosphere pepper this split time mystery set on the remote shores of Lake Superior. Jaime Jo Wright’s lyrical style combines with two compelling heroines to contrast the brokenness of human nature and the import of legacy and hope. And the villains I didn’t suspect… I’ll just say I love it when a book surprises me!

The heroines of the story are relatable and likable. Adria, especially, draws compassion for the way she has been treated and the choices she is compelled to make. I like Kailey but I LOVE Jude, her brother. Their sibling relationship is unique and considerately portrayed by Wright, with his autism diagnosis not defining his limitations but rather informing his strengths and making him a key part of Kailey’s purpose. Adria and Kailey’s alternating points of view contrast the differences between history and present day and highlight timeless struggles that are still shared.

The perfectly-paced mystery and journeys of the heroines take center stage, but both are paired with heroes who match them in wits and support. Kailey’s counterpart plays a subtle role at first, but the spark of attraction is there the whole. time., making theirs a slow burn dynamic (and y’all know, I am HERE for the romance!). I love the way he SEES Kailey, listening, noticing the little things, and intuitively acting on his care of her in small ways. Adria’s hero is unlikely in many ways: his demeanor is SO prickly at first, his secrets propel the plot in unexpected ways, and his own history relates to Adria’s life in a surprising fashion. The formality of his name, even, through most of the story adds an air of mystery. Their romantic thread has me realizing a few things about my own reading preferences: I think I have a thing for heroes with long hair (but maybe that’s a list for another day 😉 ).

The concept of war is a clever theme tied in with Foxglove Manor. While the goods Adria seeks to recover originate during the Civil War, the shadow of that event stretches beyond time’s boundaries and influences Adria’s situation. And, in effect, Kailey’s. But the unspoken rivalries and wars between flesh and spirit, between escape and purpose, and between despair and hope are contrasted in a greater sense through both Adria and Kailey’s stories. I appreciate, especially, how pressing on in spite of fears and fighting for life are important themes, too.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. This is my honest review.
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1,006 reviews42 followers
June 4, 2021
"You imbibe in cowardice. You imbibe in self-disdain. You imbibe by doing the will of others instead of your own. Tell me, which is worse? To be influenced by liquid gold or to always know what's right and instead ignore it? We all have a choice to do the right thing. But most of us lack the gumption to make it."

In this deliciously gothic dual timeline mystery and suspense, Jaime Jo Wright once again brings us to a world of secrets where whispered hints of buried treasure haunts a manor in Upper Peninsula and fragility of human mind and heart struggles for acceptance and purpose. Toggling between Adria in 1885 and Kailey in present time, the author paints a beautifully eerie backdrop in Foxglove Manor that overlooks the cliffs of Lake Superior and slowly unravels the Civil War history and conspiracy that tie all the characters together in an unforgettable tale of greed, betrayal, and desperation but also of hope and unconditional love. The plot, with its twists and turns and details, is intricate and well-planned that once the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place, that "aha" moment will surprise you. Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down.

Adria and Mr. Crayne from 1885 are so vulnerable and despondent, yet lovable even in their broken and battered state. How they find strength in each other and in God to weather their storm is poignant. Their romance, though not your 'typical' romance, is quite lovely as Mr. Crayne seeks to protect Adria. Kailey and Axel in the present time are fascinating characters. Kailey is stubborn and determined to figure out what happened to her and her brother Jude 20 years ago and Axel is equally determined to help Kailey find her answers and woo her heart. In the midst of intense mystery and soft touches of romance, the author also sensitively and tenderly addresses autism, dementia, depression and addiction through the characters that you'll cry with their suffering and rejoice with their triumphs. The theme of finding one's true purpose and belonging in God is gently woven through the two timelines.

If you love a good mystery/suspense with gothic flavor, you don't want to miss this book by Jaime Jo Wright.
I received the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.
Profile Image for Cindy Sheppard Gidge.
509 reviews4 followers
August 6, 2021
Fantastic book! Could hardly put it down:) It rang true how the verse said "The love of money is the root of all evil" yet again...with the greed that consumed some characters and ruined lives.
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519 reviews56 followers
May 26, 2021
On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor is a must read for readers who love gothic suspense. It is filled with legends of hidden treasures and ghosts. Two women, separated by time, are drawn to Foxgrove Manor and the secrets that are hidden within its walls. I absolutely love a well-written dual timeline and Ms. Wright is a master at pacing and building suspense, keeping her readers invested in both stories until the last page is read. The mysterious setting of Foxglove Manor almost appears as a character itself under her skillful pen. The beautiful and vivid descriptions appeal to the senses, drawing the reader into the gothic setting, providing for the perfect fictional escape.

Gothic suspense was one of my first loves as a reader and I am grateful that there are a few authors who are returning to that genre, providing a clean read filled with a faith thread that supersedes the creepiness of a great gothic story.

This book is a keeper! Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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1,661 reviews70 followers
May 30, 2021
I love a Jaime Jo Wright book anytime and anyplace.
Her style of writing truly amazes me because she can deliver an awesome story no matter what. How she can write a duo timeline definitely amazes me and without missing a beat.
Somehow she can make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck as well without it being too creepy of course.
I think that my most favorite favorite thing was the setting of course! With Lake Superior involved what's not to love! It's a gorgeous lake and my favorite of the five.
This lady definitely has stories to tell!
So many wonderful quotes in this book. I won't type any out because there's others that have.
While I will admit there's places in the book that slowed down some but that's Wright's style and I love it! Because then the book picks back up and goes out with a bang.
Maddy is my favorite character. I love her secrets and weird mystery that surrounds her. We women are entitled to keep our secrets.
I love the theme of hope and love. Especially hope.
Throughout this book there lessons to be learned. Especially the one about God.
God is an essential need in my life. Without Him I couldn't do anything.
I didn't want this book to end because it will be awhile before she comes out with another one.
I'll be biting my nails with suspense! She's just that good!
Fans of Jaime Jo Wright will love this book! I know I did!
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
527 reviews
July 30, 2021
What can I possibly say about this story that hasn't already been said? What can I add that other readers haven't? Because this book....THIS BOOK...wraps around you like a shawl of shivery anticipation for what will happen next. You'll find yourself rushing to the end, but at the same time wanting to stop time to absorb everything more deeply.

This is a story of two women separated by centuries in time, whispers of hidden treasure and lake pirates, a whole lot of speculation, all shrouded in mystery & family secrets. Wright has a way of taking two seemingly different stories and weaving them ever closer together with each turn of the page. I was on pins and needles the whole time, peeping through my fingers at others, and gasping out loud over it all. Her writing is evocative, and her wording is an exquisite poetic absorbing of the soul & spirit. A delight to all five of your senses! I've read every single one of Wright's books, and she never fails to surprise me with the deeper spiritual meaning behind the story. It punches me in the gut every single time & makes me ponder it long after the end. Because at its very core, this is a story about knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt what our worth is in Christ. Learning how to not listen to those who tell us we are insignificant, drowning out the voices that haunt our thoughts that tell us we don't make a difference or have no value. Because to our Creator God, we have more value than any stash of hidden gold. In His eyes, we are a treasure worth more than all of the most expensive things in the world.

If you read but one book in your life, make it THIS one!

We complicate our purpose in life too much. We try to define it, then build on it, until our ideals become man-made instead of God-directed.

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684 reviews110 followers
July 15, 2021
I am on a Christian fiction week but also its thriller and horror month as well so I decided to fill both with On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor. A dual timeline following Adria and Kailey. Both come to Foxglove to find what has been lost to them. Kailey what happen to her years ago when she was kidnapped for a day and no one believes her. The same thing happen again she is out to find out why? Adria comes to Foxglove to find treasure her father has lost. Both past and present collide and both women are out to find that lost treasure, will they? I loved the book for both the story and I am from the great lakes region and reading the areas I know was so much fun. The story had me wondering how both of these stories can tie together but they do and will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know how. This was a clean thriller and sometimes you need just that to enjoy and I really did. Highly recommend this book and be ready to be thrilled!!
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57 reviews27 followers
January 16, 2022
“Foxglove Manor would twist its way into your soul until one day it owned you, and it called to you, and it didn’t cease haunting you until you returned.”

I’m so glad (and relieved!) that I enjoyed this! After feeling underwhelmed by The Curse Of Misty Wayfair I was a little apprensive about giving Wright’s books another go, but the description drew me in. Possible haunting? Missing treasure? I couldn’t resist.

On The Cliffs Of Foxglove Manor combines everything I like - historical setting, spooky manor, ghostly sightings, an unsettling mystery to be solved, a dash of romance - and shapes it into a truly riveting tale.

This is a slower paced, tension-building-over-time Gothic read, deliciously eerie and immersive, spanning two timelines with a host of (mostly) compelling characters at its centre.

While Adria and Kayleigh aren’t the most distinctive protagonists, and while I didn’t care much for Kayleigh and Axle’s relationship, I did enjoy the chemistry between Adria and Mr Crayne. The personalities of various side characters, particularly the elderly residents of Foxglove Manor, combined with the many twists and turns of the story kept me hooked.

Wright’s writing is lyrical and evocative, the setting of Lake Superior lending the narrative a thrilling, storm tossed intensity. The mystery at the heart of the story drew me in and held my attention from start to finish. The ending, with its reflections on true treasure and abundance, resonated deeply. I highly recommend giving this a read if you’re looking for a spooky-yet-not-too-spooky dual timeline mystery with a well crafted plot and satisfying conclusion.
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1,074 reviews83 followers
May 31, 2021
I am so glad I discovered books by Jaime Jo Wright. I have read all of them. She is an automatic read for me.
“How did one not fear evil? It was so real, so active, that not fearing it seemed foolish.”
Ms. Wright evokes foreboding from the first page. I frequently found myself stopping and saying * Oh No!* out loud. Her writing style is*creepy good*. She spins a spooky, intricate, dual-time novel that never disappoints. This one deals with a remote, cliffside mansion on the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The tentacles of evil and greed reach down through time from 1885 to the present day. A tale of missing Civil War gold, a ghost girl who guards it, and unexplained kidnappings years later will keep you turning pages.
The two storylines came together in a satisfying way and added another layer of mystery to the Civil War tales and the intriguing connection to the Upper Peninsula.
Besides the main characters in each time period, I liked the portrayal of Kailey’s autistic brother Jude. He played an important part in the story and the isight into this often misunderstood condition was handled with compassion.
The author conveys a realistic picture of superstition and the steadying faith that is needed to combat it. “The world is broken. God can fix it. So stick to Him and stop trying to do it yourself.”
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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1,816 reviews98 followers
May 31, 2021
4.5 stars
"The cliff beckoned to her. Its flat outcropping like a ledge where one might determine which evil was worse. To live or to die? Perhaps they were of equal evil, only one was guaranteed to plague, where the other was deceptively final. There was a peace in finality . . . . . . . . oh, that she was worth fighting for . . . . . . "

Driven to despair after realizing that her father had only released her from one prison into the cells of another, Alexandria Fontaine had been given an ultimatum before arriving at the remote cliffside manor along the northern shores of Lake Superior; "find it". . . . "it" referring to a treasure of an unknown nature, that once secured meant a precarious freedom from her family's cruel clutches. Assuming her father's nefarious pirating habits along the lake had resulted in a windfall profit, that had in turn had been stolen by his one of his now deceased business partners, Adria determined to dig deeper into the secrets of Foxglove Manor, despite being repeatedly warned to leave the past in the past. Turns out, it was a warning worth heeding.

"And since when were stories of ghosts, gold, and modern-day kidnappings surrounding an old manor ever anything but a classic story written on the musty pages of forgotten books?"

Many years after Adria Fontaine's stay at Foxglove Manor, Kailey Gibson returns to the place where her family began its eventual descent towards utter destruction. A childhood vacation there had morphed into such a severe nightmare that Kailey's subconscious had blocked it from memory, prompting her autistic brother Jude to incessantly write down disjointed numbers and letters that could, to the trained eye, be deemed as some sort of code. Employed as an aide in the now senior convalescent home, Kailey hopes to find some answers. Instead, she uncovers many more questions.

Two women living centuries apart. One place in common. Foxglove Manor.

With its dark, gothic-like undertones, one would think that delving deep into the troubled psyches of the two young women in this story would make the narrative lose its luster; after all, who wants to be surrounded by death and danger at every turn. Surprisingly, the opposite was true. . . . . because, speaking of opposites . . . . the opposite of death is life . . . . and despair's opposite turns out to be hope. Likewise, hate is dwarfed by love and lies disappear within the truth. And the rock of salvation is never more precious than on the edge of a cliff.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy.
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316 reviews37 followers
June 1, 2021
Prepare to be thrilled!

Jaime Jo Wright's novel has every bit of a literary punch as general market horror/thriller authors with delightful tendrils of faith wrapped around the engrossing split-time story.

Age-old mystery, dynamic characters, and an eerie setting worthy of a hide-your-eyes creepy movie are contained in this novel.

There was a delightful push-pull in the last forty pages, because I wanted to see what would happen, but wanted to prolong the absolutely fantastic suspense.

What happened in this story won't cross my lips.

Read. Enjoy. Drink your coffee, you'll need it, for those late-night reading sessions.

I received this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor write a review.
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Author 5 books239 followers
June 11, 2021
A great read for fans of spooky and suspenseful stories with dual timelines!
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Author 3 books38 followers
June 9, 2021
No one writes time slip better than Jaime-Jo Wright. And her stories just keep getting better. This one is simply captivating in the majestic way Wright weaves the tales of two young ladies, living 130 years apart, but drawn together by one forbidding gothic old house, Foxglove Manor, that sits atop the cliffs overlooking Lake Superior with the Canadian coast line across its powerful waters.

This is a tale of hope and love, that one's past doesn't need to determine one's future especially where God is concerned. We have two ladies, Adria Fontaine and Kailey Gibson, both suffering from traumatic experiences, not sure if they have the will to move forward in life. Wright manages their trauma so well with a depth of insight that grabs the reader's heart strings. We have a ghost, lost Civil War treasure, and a mystery to solve to find the missing gold.

And then we have Jude. Oh my! Kailey's older brother. In many respects they are each other's guardian. His insightful mind and own trauma are trapped by his autism. He's instinctive and able to sees beyond what others cannot and loves and accepts in such a beautiful unconditional way. I loved Jude. Bravo, Ms Wright for having the courage to craft Jude.

The story moves seamlessly between the two ladies, the past and the present. The supporting ensemble are superb and each has their place in the mystery and secrets of the Manor. Our two male leads, Phineas Crayne and Axel, are fabulous. Their tenderness towards Adria and Kailey respectively, is beautiful to read. Crayne, in particular, is a wonderful creation. Traumatised from the experiences of being a Civil War prisoner, and now guardian of the Manor, locked away in the turret of this creepy place and trapped in self-loathing and an addiction to whiskey. Adria's initial helplessness captures Crayne's heart. He, too, sees beyond the trauma that ensnares her, and realises she has so much more to give and love.

The mystery of the missing gold carries the story forward within both time zones. It makes us turn pages quickly as both ladies are thrown deeper into the Manor's secrets. Who can solve the cipher riddles that will provide the clue to the gold's whereabouts somewhere within the manor? There are hidden tunnels, surprises behind fireplaces and markings on window frames that only the wise eyes of Jude are able to isolate. It's simply riveting.

The endings are beautifully crafted and the themes of hope, grace and unconditional love are powerfully and delicately woven through the story.

Magnificent, Ms Wright. I hope a studio might option the rights to a movie as it would be fabulous on the big-screen.

I was very fortunate to receive an early ebook copy from Bethany House via NetGalley with no expectation of a favourable review.
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168 reviews9 followers
May 31, 2021
On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor

4.5 stars

Book Blurb: 1885. Adria Fontaine has been sent to recover goods her father pirated on the Great Lakes during the war. But when she arrives at Foxglove Manor--a stone house on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior--Adria senses wickedness hovering over the property. The mistress of Foxglove is an eccentric and seemingly cruel old woman who has filled her house with dangerous secrets, ones that may cost Adria her life.

Present day. Kailey Gibson is a new nurse's aide at a senior home in a renovated old stone manor. Kidnapped as a child, she has nothing but locked-up memories of secrets and death, overshadowed by the chilling promise from her abductors that they would return. When the residents of Foxglove start sharing stories of whispers in the night, hidden treasure, and a love willing to kill, it becomes clear this home is far from a haven. She'll have to risk it all to banish the past's demons, including her own.*

One of my most anticipated reads of 2021! Jamie sweeps you into a gothic manor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in post-civil war era. With a Jane Eyre vibe you’ll feel the breath of spirits all around you as Adria is thrown into Foxglove Manor by her father with ulterior motives. Part treasure hunt part finding of herself. I love learning new things about history! I learned so many things about the Civil war and how it affected the Great Lakes.
With an effortless time slip into present day Kailey is hired as a nurse’s aid and we return to Foxglove manor where she now works. All the residents there are delightful and full of spunk. Clues from both time eras are intertwined and make for a fast paced heart pounding mystery

The only thing I didn’t care for is that, even though both Adria and Kailey believe in God, there are times in their moments of pain they sometimes express flippantly things about God. That being said even in the darkest of moments Jaime always shines light into the darkness and faith is a main component that balances the whole story.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the author. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.
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250 reviews27 followers
February 18, 2022
I’ve enjoyed Jaime’s previous books but this story had me scratching my head wondering what I had just read.

I enjoy dual timelines (time-slip) so that wasn’t a problem for me here, though the timelines seemed a little out of sync with each other.

I think what didn’t work for me was the author introduced so many elements into the storyline which made it difficult to bring them full meaning to the characters, plot, or eventual outcome. (Suicide, abuse, bipolar disorder, Autism, Alzheimer’s, murder, piracy, child abduction, alcoholism/drug addiction, the supernatural, that’s just to name a few.) It felt like that some of these elements were introduced to make the book feel more culturally relevant than to give the story meaning or give the reader the opportunity to identify or empathize. Less would have been so much more here. In the end, I’m not sure what story wanted to be told, there are a few too many. And with so much, I couldn’t get close enough to care how it came out.
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316 reviews10 followers
February 19, 2021
Buried treasure and pirates of the great lakes. What more does a book need, how about a ghost and confederate gold. A fun ghost story that makes for a great read.
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236 reviews10 followers
June 12, 2021
This book was amazing!! When an author makes you love books in a genre you don’t usually go for, you know it’s a fabulous book! I think what gets me is the brilliant mix of plot and character development. Usually I have to chose. But with Wright I get everything I want. And I want morrrrrre!
I love the perfect ghostly additions. Not to much, not to little.
Now, I was gifted my copy, but I also bought a copy. It’s just that good y’all.
344 reviews17 followers
May 29, 2021
Love love and love this story!! Life can be so hard at times, but what a beautiful reminder that all life is precious. Even on the days when the darkness overtakes us and we just want to throw in the towel. God has a specific plan and purpose for each and every one of us. He'll carry us through and will help us to see that even though things may not make any sense right now, He's always in control.
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411 reviews87 followers
October 9, 2022
3.5 Stars

A treasure hunt, mysterious figures roaming the manor, and a mystery between the ages.

On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright is a good dual timeline story that involves murder, intrigue and romance.

I really enjoyed the storyline, unfortunately I don't think the characters were to my liking as much as the story. Also listening to the audiobook, I got a tad confused between timelines as to which timeline I was listening to.

Overall it is a good story that I think you would like. The romance was pretty minimal and concentrated more on the mystery aspect of the story.
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151 reviews37 followers
June 2, 2021
Another Jaime Jo Wright book that I could not put down! Hidden treasure, family secrets, mysterious deaths, and eerie legends mix into a story that never slows down. Fans of split time or suspense can’t miss this book.
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