About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, November 18, 2019

In the Cradle Lies (Tree of Life #2) by Olivia Newport

In the Cradle Lies (Tree of Life #2)ABOUT THE BOOK

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 1930s. 

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 fiancĂ©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.


Canyon Mills, Colorado is a ski town and it is also the home of Jillian Parisi- Duffy and her father Nolan Duffy, the daughter/father team that we first met in The Inn at Hidden Run. Once again, they become involved in a search to uncover the past and this time the family tree being researched belongs to Tucker Kintzler, a visiting businessman who is determined to ski the old and abandonded Hidden Run ski run, despite the dangers that this might offer.

In the Cradle Lies is a dual-time novel that alternates between present day Colorado and St. Louis, Missouri in 1936 and a little four-year old boy named Matthew Ryder. As we alternate beneath the past and the present, we learn that Matthew was Tucker Kintzler's grandfather and Tucker's past wasn't quite as he suggests that it was.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32 KJV

This is the second book in Olivia Newport's Tree of Life series and the author shares a moving story of a family's need to hide their true family story. Even as Jillian and Nolan's genealogy search sheds light on a shame from the past, there is also hope for the present and future. I was especially touched by Matthew's story and the lingering effects of deception. Many generations can suffer from the actions of the past!

I am a fan of dual-time stories and I enjoy Christian fiction and In the Cradle Lies is the perfect book to satisfy both of these favorites!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Olivia Newport has been married for nearly 40 years and she and her husband have two adult kids and a son-in-law. They live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies.

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