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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 enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Monday, June 1, 2020

When I Meet You by Olivia Newport: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit



About the Book



Book:  When I Meet You
Author: Olivia Newport
Genre:  Christian fiction
Release Date: May, 2020

Book 3 in the Tree of Life Series: A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Faith Journeys on Family Trees

A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago leads Jillian and Nolan to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.

When I Meet You is the third 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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MY THOUGHTS.....

Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father Nolan Duffy are at it again in Canyon Mills, Colorado and this time their genealogy research involves them in a mystery that revolves around a trunk that was left unclaimed at a Denver, Colorado train station. As Jillian searches through letters found in the trunk, a story comes to light of Lynelle Bendeure's efforts as she traveled by herself across the United States to try to save her father's business. A young lady traveling by herself in 1909 was unheard of and the two couples who took interest in her may not have had her best interests at heart. Was Lynelle able to accomplish her goal and did the Pinkerton manager who corresponded with her help her in her attempts?

This is a time-slip novel so this mystery alternates with Jillian and Nolan's present day activities. I enjoyed learning about Nolan's fantastic cooking talents and his efforts to aid a community fundraiser and the clever use of a trunk in Jillian's own attic as a tool to link the two stories.

I love historical fiction so I was especially interested in learning more about Denver in 1909 but When I Meet You has so much more. Romance, adventure, and mystery are included and author Olivia Newport once again made me feel like I was right there with Jillian and Nolan. I appreciate this daughter/father team for their love and respect for each other and for their obvious faith in God. I look forward to their next adventure and I recommend this book and the other two books in the Tree of Life series.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething 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 Olivia

Stolen Identity or Stolen Secrets?


Years ago I made a business trip to a country in Asia. Somehow I managed to pack for two weeks in carry-on luggage. This was before everyone started carrying electronic devices that required a bag of their own, and the impoverished area I visited had only intermittent electricity anyway.

When it was time to come home, my luggage met the requirements to keep it with me as I traveled halfway around the world through several airports. But at the boarding gate, a woman pushed a cart stacked with six oversized and overstuffed suitcases, insisting she had to take all of them on the plane. Her argument was that she couldn’t risk losing her personal belongings. She was moving back to the States, this was everything she owned, and she just wasn’t having this nonsense about abiding by the same limitations as the other 300 people in line or that none of those bags would fit in an overhead compartment anyway. The airline staff began waving people around her to get the large aircraft boarded on time for an international flight. She was one of the last people to take her seat—without her bags.

I admit I prefer keeping my bags with me and getting in and out of airports quickly. And once my bags didn’t come off the same plane I did, and it took a few hours for them to be delivered to me.
But what happens to truly unclaimed baggage? One-half to one percent of baggage that goes through American airports is never claimed. Airlines will try for ninety days to find the owners. If they can’t, they have to do something with it. Generally it’s sold, sight unseen, to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. There it is opened and sorted into what can be cleaned and sold in their store, what might be donated, and what has no value and is disposed of as trash. They find some pretty interesting things!

But my brain goes back to the curious question of why the baggage is unclaimed in the first place.

It’s not just because the airline lost it. We’ve all seen the lines of suitcases that baggage handlers remove from the circling conveyer belt because they’ve been around enough times that it’s obvious no one is there to pick them up after the flight. People got off the plane and left the airport without their bags. Why?

My new book, When I Meet You, raises the same question about travel in the railroad era. A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago surfaces, leading genealogist Jillian and her lawyer father, Nolan, to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.

When I Meet You is the third book in the Tree of Life series. 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.

Visit www.olivianewport.com or find me at Facebook

Blog Stops

Lighthouse Academy Blog, May 30 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
CarpeDiem, June 1
Hallie Reads, June 2
Betti Mace, June 3
Bigreadersite, June 4
Worthy2Read, June 5
Mary Hake, June 9
Remembrancy, June 9
Moments, June 10

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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