It’s cover reveal day for my last novel in my sheltering trees series, By Broken Birch Bay. I have always wanted to write a mystery and at the heart that’s what this novel is, but it didn’t quite come out like a regular mystery would have. Even I was kept in the dark as to who commits manslaughter in the end.
I start each chapter with ambiguous diary entries from someone in prison. They could be the father or mother of the main characters—sisters Honey and Petra—one of them, a boyfriend, or a friend… Who will it be? Let me tell you, the guilty party surprised even me!
A HISTORICAL MYSTERY OF FAMILY, ROMANCE, AND HIDDEN DECEPTION
Set in the early twentieth century, single mother, Petra Livingston, and her young son, Jefferson, have come home to Broken Birch Bay, Minnesota braving the town gossips over her sordid past.
Spurred by contention with her dad, Petra takes a job at a local cafe, working for her independence and meets Don De Muir, who worms his way into her heart—which she swore she’d never give away again.
Thrilled to have her ally and sister, Petra, back home, Honey sets aside her mom’s disappointment in her and plans her wedding to a local fisherman, Jeb Spangler, a man with a broken past and a temper. However, as the time draws near, Honey gets cold feel, reevaluating her feelings for Jeb.
Will Petra allow Don past her defenses? Will Honey and Jeb move forward into their future or be derailed by what comes between them? Will it be one of the sisters, a boyfriend, or a parent who lifts their hand to protect another, taking a life in the process?
Told in a split-timeline of prison diary entries and narrative, fans of Christian mystery, Christian historical fiction, and clean romance will relish this unique mystery.
The opening lines of the narrative are in the graphic. Here, we meet Petra, one of the main characters. She is short with red hair, a little spunky and a little broken. She hopes for a fresh start for her and her son in her hometown of Broken Birch Bay, but her own fears and difficulties with her parents hold her back.
I‘ll introduce Honey, her sister and exact opposite.
Thanks for reading! J