After the shadows

Reviewed by:

Beth Swanson, voracious reader


After the shadows (Secrets of Sweetwater Crossing #1)


Amanda Cabot



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350 pages


Summer 1882 in Sweetwater Crossing, Texas.  After the sudden death of her abusive husband, Emily Leland is ordered to leave her home. She travels to the family home and  discovers her father has died from hanging. She is determined to uncover the truth so her father can be buried by his wife.

It was quite a shock to find that her mother had died, her sister had left home to study music and her father, a minister, purportedly committed suicide the day she arrived. Emily is now left to find a way to support her family and home. Sshe also discovers that the home in which the new school teacher and his son are planning to board in, has burnt to the ground and now they are homeless. Much to the chagrin of her sister, Emily suggests turning their family home into a boardinghouse to help them financially and also give the schoolteacher a place to live.

Setting out to solve the mystery of her father’s death, Emily finds an ally in Craig Ferguson, the widowed schoolteacher.  Enjoyable tale of inspiration and finding love.

5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Young adults to adults

Christian impact:

God is love and present even when we don’t believe we deserve His love.



After the Shadows (Secrets of Sweetwater Crossing #1)

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