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Book: In the Cradle Lies
Author: Olivia Newport
Genre: Christian Fiction
Release Date: November, 2019
Book 2 in the Tree of Life Series: A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Faith Journeys 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 fiancée 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.
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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 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 the author and Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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About the Author
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twenty something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.
More from OliviaTrue confession. I live in Colorado and don’t ski. In the Cradle Lies includes several references to “How can you live in the Colorado mountains and not ski?” Jillian, a main character in the Tree of Life series, has lived in the mountain town of Canyon Mines since she was two, and by the time she was eight she knew she didn’t want to ski. I grew up in Illinois, and while my high school had a ski club and somehow found places to ski (I’m not sure where; um, not exactly mountain territory), I was sure I would break something. Arriving in Colorado in my forties did not persuade me to take up skiing at that age. I live at the base of Pikes Peak, not in the mountains like Jillian. I do love the views! But one of the fun things about being a writer is learning a lot about things you know little about. Enter Google and YouTube. And more YouTube. And … you get the drift. Some quick facts about Colorado skiing to help get you in the mood for In the Cradle Lies:
- Colorado typically leads the country in “skier days”—days of skiing purchased in ski areas.
- Actually, most people in the state don’t ski. By a large margin. Like 90 percent. (So I feel better and so does Jillian.)
- People visiting the state to ski or snowboard are important to our economy. (So thank you!)
- Colorado has hosted about 175 ski areas since it became a state in 1876. Today, we have only about 30 operating resorts—so there are lots of dormant, lost, and hidden runs like the one in my story.
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