Echoes Among the Stones
After Aggie Dunkirk's career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her vintage, though very outdated, home. Aggie didn't plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene--even going so far as to re-create it in a dollhouse.Mystery seems to follow Aggie when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the town's cemetery. Forced to work with a puzzling yet attractive archaeologist, she exhumes the past's secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep hidden--even if that means silencing Aggie.In 1946, Imogene Grayson works in a beauty salon but has her sights set on Hollywood. But coming home to discover her younger sister's body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the burgeoning world of forensic science and, as a woman, not particularly welcomed into the investigation, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister's case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . no matter the cost.

Echoes Among the Stones Details

TitleEchoes Among the Stones
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764233883
Rating
GenreMystery, Christian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction

Echoes Among the Stones Review

  • Jocelyn Green
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this dual timeline novel by Jaime Jo Wright! It wasn't as creepy as her previous works (and I mean creepy in the very best way) but was more of a puzzle, a cerebral and emotional journey that brings the reader face to face with the legacy grief can have, and with the hope that can overcome it. I especially enjoyed the development of Mumsie. Being able to see her character arc span decades brought a rich dimension and perspective to the tale. The ending was completely satisfying without I loved this dual timeline novel by Jaime Jo Wright! It wasn't as creepy as her previous works (and I mean creepy in the very best way) but was more of a puzzle, a cerebral and emotional journey that brings the reader face to face with the legacy grief can have, and with the hope that can overcome it. I especially enjoyed the development of Mumsie. Being able to see her character arc span decades brought a rich dimension and perspective to the tale. The ending was completely satisfying without being artifically neat and tied with a bow. Those struggling with grief will find this a particularly meaningful read. And since none of us can escape grief at some point... that means all of us.
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    Where's the option for more than five stars, I'd give it one hundred stars if I could .How do I write a review for the best book I've read this year? The dual time frame perfectly meshes old and new 70 years is but a drop in the bucket of time.A 70 year cold case murder mystery begging to be solved , will there for justice for a young woman tragically murdered in the prime of her life.70 years later a young woman fascinated with the historical case starts piecing together clues from the case and Where's the option for more than five stars, I'd give it one hundred stars if I could .How do I write a review for the best book I've read this year? The dual time frame perfectly meshes old and new 70 years is but a drop in the bucket of time.A 70 year cold case murder mystery begging to be solved , will there for justice for a young woman tragically murdered in the prime of her life.70 years later a young woman fascinated with the historical case starts piecing together clues from the case and oh boy the family secrets she uncovers. Maybe the town wasn't as innocent as it seemed all those years ago. As we meet characters and the mystery deepens you will become engrossed in the story. Believe me the story will grip you and absolutely not let you go!The atmosphere really builds and the story line is superb . So many twists and unexpected turns I recommend this to you as it's my absolute favorite I've read this year!Published December 3rd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Natalie Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Aggie and Mumsie might be my favorite female duo EVER in a story!! I loved their characters so much and want to petition Hallmark Movies and Mysteries to make them an ongoing series!! The twists and turns in this time split story will absolutely delight readers with the unique plot as well as tug on all the emotional strings as the mystery begins to unfold. I believe this is author, Jaime Jo Wright's, finest work and continues to make her my top recommendation for fans of historical, mystery, Aggie and Mumsie might be my favorite female duo EVER in a story!! I loved their characters so much and want to petition Hallmark Movies and Mysteries to make them an ongoing series!! The twists and turns in this time split story will absolutely delight readers with the unique plot as well as tug on all the emotional strings as the mystery begins to unfold. I believe this is author, Jaime Jo Wright's, finest work and continues to make her my top recommendation for fans of historical, mystery, and time-slip stories!!
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I think that this is the best book by Jamie Jo Wright ever!! Just wow! Told by Imogene of the past and Aggie of the future. Almost had me confused but towards the end I began to figure it out! Just wowsers!! Best story plot and wonderful characters that will keep you guessing until you can't believe who it is! I really think the best part (well, maybe not best but still.....) was when Imogene's parents passed away within days of each other. I say this because it was a coincidence that my I think that this is the best book by Jamie Jo Wright ever!! Just wow! Told by Imogene of the past and Aggie of the future. Almost had me confused but towards the end I began to figure it out! Just wowsers!! Best story plot and wonderful characters that will keep you guessing until you can't believe who it is! I really think the best part (well, maybe not best but still.....) was when Imogene's parents passed away within days of each other. I say this because it was a coincidence that my grandparents did too. We had moved to Kentucky then and had to turn around and come back for grandpa's funeral. I guess that's what makes two people into one soul. I guess that's how you say it. I finished this book at 2 a.m. in the morning because I wanted to see what happened next! Jamie didn't disappoint me! Not at all! I was hung onto every word of this mixture of weird but wonderful story! Here's a quote I like and this is from Collin " Grief isn't wrong, but it can paralyze. It can thwart a life. A person can choose to let time stand still, and while they hold the pieces of the past, the hope of their future passes them by." So so true. And another one " A person shouldn't miss the promise of whatever is in store. Grief is like the moment you close a chapter in a really good book. It leaves you suspended , unfinished, even remarkably unsatisfied". In other words the story isn't over in a person's life. You should learn to go on. But even at times that isn't easy.Do you ever hear your loved one's voice? Sometimes guiding you along the way with the Lord's help of course.Yes, I do talk to my mom and the weird part about it, I can still see her there standing there shaking my head at some of the things I do, say and even some of the friends that I "supposedly" pick. She'd say " Lori you've got a doozy of a friend this time don't you"? I'm like, " I don't pick them, they pick me:"! Here's my most favorite saying of all from Mumsie, "Ohhh Agnes. Regardless of where faith may take us and what the good Lord has in store, we'll never stop hearing their voices. The voices of the ones we've loved before. I'm so glad that we don't have to stop. I think that in some ways the Lord still lets us "hear and talk" to them because they are our guardian angles. Heaven knows we need divine help from time to time. I normally don't put quotes from the book but this time I felt the Lord giving me a little nudge in the back to do so. I'm guessing He needed for someone to read my review and know that there is Hope, forgiveness and love along the way to help them. I nearly cried writing this review because it was a sweet reminder that He's still there even when at times when we think He's not. Believe me, He is more than you know! I just can't get over this wonderful story! I really enjoyed it and I'm even going to ask my husband to buy the paperback when it comes out!! Cause this is a KEEPER!! for sure!I strongly recommend this to readers of all ages! My hope is that you will be blessed as I was. My thanks to Netgalley. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Jaime Jo Wright is skillful at crafting dual timeline mysteries. I can always count on her stories to provide enough suspense and creepiness to keep me turning the pages. She has an incredible talent of building the suspense in both storylines, weaving the threads of both into a masterpiece of intrigue.While Echoes Among the Stones story centers around an unsolved murder from 1946, it is also a story of grieving, and how grief has a way of stealing future happiness if one lets it. Imogene's Jaime Jo Wright is skillful at crafting dual timeline mysteries. I can always count on her stories to provide enough suspense and creepiness to keep me turning the pages. She has an incredible talent of building the suspense in both storylines, weaving the threads of both into a masterpiece of intrigue.While Echoes Among the Stones story centers around an unsolved murder from 1946, it is also a story of grieving, and how grief has a way of stealing future happiness if one lets it. Imogene's granddaughter, Aggie, returns to present day Mill Valley. As she undertakes repairing their relationship, she also obtains a job at a local cemetery. She finds that someone in Mill Creek may be afraid that a natural catastrophe at the cemetery may reveal secrets that have been hidden for too long. Do these secrets have any connection to Aggie's family?The inspirational threads included are realistic, not forced. Her characters are human, flawed, and at times doubting God's presence in their lives. One of my favorite quotes from Echoes Among the stones:"...don't let grief tie your years up into a lifetime of regrets. Let the good Lord take care of your aches and heal you. So that you don't miss out on the good- on the blessings He hides in the middle of all that hurting." Wright's stellar writing provides just enough eeriness and danger, with classic goose-bump moments, that will have me eagerly anticipating her next novel.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    I'm in a post-read I-can't-believe-that-happened / I-didn't-see-that-coming daze. Accompanied by a serious case of the 'boohoo-it's-all-over blues. In short -- I am stupefied so if this review doesn't make sense blame Jaime Jo Wright not me! :-)First -- the dual timeline -- honestly, this author knows how to make it work! The pacing between the present and the past -- the way she builds both storylines until they explode in a frenzy of 'aha' moments that rocked my reading socks right off. Phew! I'm in a post-read I-can't-believe-that-happened / I-didn't-see-that-coming daze. Accompanied by a serious case of the 'boohoo-it's-all-over blues. In short -- I am stupefied so if this review doesn't make sense blame Jaime Jo Wright not me! :-)First -- the dual timeline -- honestly, this author knows how to make it work! The pacing between the present and the past -- the way she builds both storylines until they explode in a frenzy of 'aha' moments that rocked my reading socks right off. Phew! And the way she jumps from 1946 to 2019, always leaving me hanging. I'd be like "Nooooo, you can't leave it there!" as I recalibrated my head and heart into another time frame only to be sucked in and then -- wham -- we're time traveling again. Blissfully discombobulated, that was me the whole read.The mystery is so well done. Complex and confusing and a tad creepy. I had more theories than there were chapters in the book! LOL In the end, this armchair sleuth got it partially right. But I was also flabbergasted by certain revelations.I didn't take to either heroine immediately. They both had some prickly characteristics that kept me at arms' length. It wasn't long before I realized they were deliberately holding back -- barricading their hearts behind protective walls to stave off further hurt. And protect themselves from grief.And here's what really surprised me about this novel -- it is a study of grief. How it inspires action...or inaction. How it takes hostages. Suppresses joy. Binds hope. And most importantly, how grace can burst open grief's prison. So many stunning passages. Profound. Words I really took to heart. I listened to the audible edition so I don't have any quotes to share here but you can be sure I'll be buying a paperback copy so I have the words in print to cherish.An indescribably awesome novel that belongs on keeper shelves everywhere!
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I absolutely loved this book!! I got so into this book that I couldn’t put it down! I was so wrapped up in both storylines and trying to solve the mystery. This book had me on the edge of my seat, yet also almost had me in tears. It was so good! I highly recommend it!!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    Wright weaves a good tale which isn’t easily solved—something I personally like in a suspense novel. While this book still had darker tones to it, it wasn’t quite the same as Foster Hill, which deals with human trafficking. This was, rather, an almost-obsession over a cold-case murder.I really enjoyed the two storylines from the past and present. I was just as into one story as the other. I feel she painted a very realistic picture of the aftermath of WWII and the soldiers.There was a spiritual Wright weaves a good tale which isn’t easily solved—something I personally like in a suspense novel. While this book still had darker tones to it, it wasn’t quite the same as Foster Hill, which deals with human trafficking. This was, rather, an almost-obsession over a cold-case murder.I really enjoyed the two storylines from the past and present. I was just as into one story as the other. I feel she painted a very realistic picture of the aftermath of WWII and the soldiers.There was a spiritual thread woven through, the main emphasis on dealing with grief. It was never clear where Aggie herself stood spiritually, even though she did make progress in coming to terms with loss.I felt the romance was a good balance—for some, I imagine it had a slow start, as the interest didn’t really begin until a good portion into the story. My loyal heart kind of broke a little (no spoilers, though). I don’t remember any uncomfortable scenes between any of the couples.There was a crude comment about “going to the bedroom” (nothing happened, it was just a comment). And there was also a little weirdness going on with Imogene visualizing and speaking to Hazel (or, Hazel speaking to her…). And then a “god-awful.” *I received this book from NetGalley and happily provided my honest review*
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  • Becca-Rae Weidel
    January 1, 1970
    I am officially dubbing Jaime Jo Wright the queen of Christian mystery & suspense. She has quickly found herself on my must-read author list and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I've read each of her novels so far and I've come to that point in my reading relationship with her books that I trust that even though she may take the reader into dark/creepy territory, she won't leave them there. She also makes sure that there is a faith-based take-away intricately woven in that manages to I am officially dubbing Jaime Jo Wright the queen of Christian mystery & suspense. She has quickly found herself on my must-read author list and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I've read each of her novels so far and I've come to that point in my reading relationship with her books that I trust that even though she may take the reader into dark/creepy territory, she won't leave them there. She also makes sure that there is a faith-based take-away intricately woven in that manages to hit the reader at just the right moments. Her books are perfect to suggest to unbelievers because the faith isn't preachy or in-your-face yet revealed in masterfully compelling ways to get one thinking.This one didn't take me long to get into at all, and it also wasn't easy to put down. It was a bit different from the author's other books in that I didn't feel as "spooked out" as I was in the others, but I was still enraptured in the mystery. I was able to read it more successfully at night (as a few others concurred with on Facebook haha) which was another plus. The pages basically turned themselves in this one.I admired how well the concept of "grief" was walked through from the eyes of multiple characters in a way that could also get the reader thinking about how they process and handle it themselves. The author created the perfect platform to introduce faith in a thought-provoking and healing way amidst the pain and heartache of life. There were several quotes that specifically stuck out to me simply for how much truth was contained in them. Personally, I don't handle grief well. Everyone experiences grief differently, but in truth no one can truly escape it. One quote that stuck out for me was: "You go ahead and let the grief consume you, because then it will heal you, free you, and the good Lord can move into its place and show you promise. Promise that there is so much more life to live. So many more people to love. And the footprints of those who've gone before you? They'll still be there. Memories to warm you when you're old."I loved this book on so many levels. Jaime Jo Wright is a master at what she does. How she is able to write the stories she does and successfully weave in faith in powerful and thought-provoking ways simply amazes me. I honestly don't think I can recommend this book enough. Now I sit and wait impatiently for her next one to release.*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "Their voices will always echo, here, among the stones, . . . A grandmother and a granddaughter; both consumed by sorrow, both living with regrets, both fighting to either hold on or to move on, both realizing that "grief can become its own prison, . . . once there, getting out is--nigh impossible". Can it ever be over? Will it ever be over? Aggie Dunkirk arrives at her "Mumsie's" Wisconsin home following a career debacle, assuming that she will spend her unsolicited free time caring for an old "Their voices will always echo, here, among the stones, . . . A grandmother and a granddaughter; both consumed by sorrow, both living with regrets, both fighting to either hold on or to move on, both realizing that "grief can become its own prison, . . . once there, getting out is--nigh impossible". Can it ever be over? Will it ever be over? Aggie Dunkirk arrives at her "Mumsie's" Wisconsin home following a career debacle, assuming that she will spend her unsolicited free time caring for an old woman with a broken hip. Nothing could be further from the truth. Taking a random job opening in the area, she finds herself paired with an engaging young archeologist; both of them tasked with re-cataloguing and re-configuring old grave sites after the town's old cemetery is damaged by a flood. It's not long before voices from those graves come calling. A brutal murder happened in Mill Creek back in 1946. One that baffled everyone in the small town; for the victim, Hazel Grayson, was beloved by all and her brutal death changed the lives of the entire community, but none more than that of her sister, Imogene. Determined to seek justice for Hazel, Imogene immersed herself in the case, following every possible lead; to the point that she began to lose her own life through her efforts to live for another. As Aggie, and her co-worker Collin O'Shaughnessy, unwittingly get wrapped up in the cemetery's secrets, Mumsie's secrets also become increasingly hard to ignore. Something else becomes increasingly hard to ignore as well, Collin's way of softening Aggie's rough edges; around her attitude, around her perspective, and quite possibly around her heart. "When you walk a lonely road take hold of the hand of a friend when it is offered to you". What a stunning story! The author has done everything right! . . . .and in our hearts. It is how it was meant to be." I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book I have read by Jamie Jo Wright, and I really enjoyed the first two. But this one didn't flow as well for me. It is a split time between World War 2 and contemporary. Both story lines revolve around the murder of Helen Grayson. I felt the pace in this novel was rather slow and left me feeling as though I would never get to the end of the story. I also felt the suspense was drawn out and didn't keep me riveted like her previous novels. I did enjoy the three main characters: This is the third book I have read by Jamie Jo Wright, and I really enjoyed the first two. But this one didn't flow as well for me. It is a split time between World War 2 and contemporary. Both story lines revolve around the murder of Helen Grayson. I felt the pace in this novel was rather slow and left me feeling as though I would never get to the end of the story. I also felt the suspense was drawn out and didn't keep me riveted like her previous novels. I did enjoy the three main characters: Aggie, Imogene and Collin. They were well developed and realistic. Also the role the doll house played in both timelines was quite unique. ***I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery abounds in Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright. This book fascinated me from the very beginning until the very last page.Aggie Dunkirk heads to Mill Creek, Wisconsin to stay with her elderly grandmother, Mumsie, after losing her real estate job. Aggie takes what she thinks will be a mundane job as a secretary for a cemetery working with archaeologist Collin. Instead, she finds a lot of surprises in this small town--unsolved crimes and new crimes, relatives she didn't know she had, Mystery abounds in Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright. This book fascinated me from the very beginning until the very last page.Aggie Dunkirk heads to Mill Creek, Wisconsin to stay with her elderly grandmother, Mumsie, after losing her real estate job. Aggie takes what she thinks will be a mundane job as a secretary for a cemetery working with archaeologist Collin. Instead, she finds a lot of surprises in this small town--unsolved crimes and new crimes, relatives she didn't know she had, and changes to new and old relationships. In this dual timeline story, Imogene struggles to solve the case of who killed her sister, Hazel, in the 1940s.Echoes Among the Stones kept me guessing all the way through the book. There were a few things I did guess correctly and a few surprises along the way. What I really liked about this book was how the characters reflected how they dealt with grief in their lives. I truly felt for them as they struggled to come to terms with what had happened in their lives and how they struggled to handle the pain and deal with their losses. There was a lot to think about in this complex story. It took me awhile to warm up to Mumsie and Aggie but they both won me over as I saw their strength in this story. I also liked Collin. However, there was one character in the 1940s side that I felt badly for--yet, Wright wrote it in such a way as to be believable. Life doesn't always work out perfectly and we make choices based on our struggles that we maybe wouldn't make at another time. In the back of the book, there are some questions to reflect on for book clubs. Besides being a great individual read, I think Echoes Among the Stones would make a great book club discussion book with some interesting discussions. There is a lot to think about and talk about in this book.I received a copy of this book from Jaime Jo Wright and Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    It sounds redundant to say a Jaime Jo Wright book was intense, but, honestly, “Echoes Among the Stones” was intense! As one character wisely states, death is personal and so there is no way this book could have been different."There were voices here. Old voices hissing to be heard, tapped in the vault of time.In her latest novel, Wright explores the theme of grief, that paralyzingly feeling that ravels you into a deep hole of darkness and fear. How do we climb out? How do we find hope? Better, It sounds redundant to say a Jaime Jo Wright book was intense, but, honestly, “Echoes Among the Stones” was intense! As one character wisely states, death is personal and so there is no way this book could have been different."There were voices here. Old voices hissing to be heard, tapped in the vault of time.In her latest novel, Wright explores the theme of grief, that paralyzingly feeling that ravels you into a deep hole of darkness and fear. How do we climb out? How do we find hope? Better, where? It is not in ourselves and this is just the biggest challenge, putting ourselves out there when the world has hit you on every side.And in the tiny town of Mill Creek, Aggie Dunkirk will find her defenses challenged as she spends time with her quirky tigress of a grandmother, who has more to her story than Aggie ever knew, as well as an archaeologist with an undefined nationality due to his annoying propensity for contrived accent. No need to say what an endearing set of characters Wright put together ;)And the mystery... the dollhouse idea was ingenious! I love how Jaime Jo Wright weaves strongly together her mystery thread with history.*I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    If Jaime Jo Wright were a FiveStar restaurant, her books would be an epicurean delight. Not only are they sumptuously written but they satisfy and feed our souls. Ms. Wright understands human nature and she uses it to tell a remarkable tale full of mystery that haunts her characters. Death and mourning are not easy topics to write about. In Echoes Among The Stones, Ms. Wright takes us through the characters’ grief and there is resolve and hope on the other side. This is a dual-time story, so we If Jaime Jo Wright were a FiveStar restaurant, her books would be an epicurean delight. Not only are they sumptuously written but they satisfy and feed our souls. Ms. Wright understands human nature and she uses it to tell a remarkable tale full of mystery that haunts her characters. Death and mourning are not easy topics to write about. In Echoes Among The Stones, Ms. Wright takes us through the characters’ grief and there is resolve and hope on the other side. This is a dual-time story, so we get to peek into the modern world of Aggie Dunkirk, her Mumsie and Collin O’Shaughnessy, an archeologist who is “Mr. Darcy mashed with Doctor Who.” We see how these lives are connected to post World War II Mill Creek, Wisconsin. There we meet Imogene Grayson and her family in the aftermath of her sister Hazel’s murder. Grief is what connects Imogene and Aggie, for Aggie has lost her mother to cancer. “You can’t come back from sorrow, “ Aggie whispered. “ It locks you in a prison and leaves you there.” Her voice caught as the agonizing pain she’d shoved deep inside made its way into her chest, constricting it with every pent-up sob she hadn’t cried. “I know Someone who holds the prison key.” Words said by Collin and meant to be comforting. The mystery jumps across the decades to impact many lives. But some truths are universal. “Death didn’t give a person a choice. It just came and stole. Death was a thief.” Collin is again the voice of wisdom and faith. “All I can say right now is that we sell God short when we look at the pain. Instead, we should focus on what He’s provided us to help us heal.” But not all is somber contemplation or deep truths. Along the way, Ms Wright provides some light moments with The Three Stooges, church ladies who visit Mumsie, and Aggie evaluates herself as “a burnt marshmallow that once had been sweet but had come too close to the fire and was left crispy and unwanted.” Ms. Wright manages to come up with new stories to tempt us and this one is the icing on the cake. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    Jaime Jo Wright has done it again! This is another phenomenal dual timeline mystery novel that has you guessing till the very end! I thought I'd figured out the "big reveal" about a quarter of the way in, but when that reveal happened before the halfway mark, I knew there were bigger things coming!This book follows Aggie in current times, who just lost her job and the one person she cared about most in the world. She comes back to small town, WI to take care of her grandmother in the midst of Jaime Jo Wright has done it again! This is another phenomenal dual timeline mystery novel that has you guessing till the very end! I thought I'd figured out the "big reveal" about a quarter of the way in, but when that reveal happened before the halfway mark, I knew there were bigger things coming!This book follows Aggie in current times, who just lost her job and the one person she cared about most in the world. She comes back to small town, WI to take care of her grandmother in the midst of her pain and bitterness, and stumbles upon a 70 year old mystery that just gets weirder and weirder as the book goes on. In the historical timeline, we follow Imogene, who discovers the body of her brutally murdererd sister and makes it her life's goal to figure out what happened to her. As the 2 storylines converge, we finally learn what happened to Hazel Grayson on that fateful night. The faith thread is strong in this one as Aggie struggles to make sense of her mom's death and how God fits in. I loved the words of wisdom that Collin (our hero) and Mumsie (her grandmother) imparted to her regarding the grief process and God. I loved how this book handled that question and wasn't at all preachy about it. While this novel lacks some of the intense creepiness of Ms. Wright's earlier books, it is no less enjoyable, intriguing and mysterious (I just could read this one later into the night than some of her others). If you've avoided reading this author's books in the past because of the "creep factor", I would recommend starting with this one because it is less intense. I would strongly recommend this book to fans of mysteries, dual timelines, post WWII history and those who enjoy a story-line surrounding the question of "where is God in my pain?". Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced E-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
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  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    ..I can’t even begin to tell you how good this book is!Echoes Among the Stones is a time-slip novel and the past blended so perfectly with the present, it never felt like I was reading two stories that might have a connection. It’s a true murder mystery. There are so many layers and twists, I had absolutely no idea where the story would take me next!Echoes Among the Stones is also a deep and moving story about loss and grief, and how not one person copes with the effects the same as another.It’s ..I can’t even begin to tell you how good this book is!Echoes Among the Stones is a time-slip novel and the past blended so perfectly with the present, it never felt like I was reading two stories that might have a connection. It’s a true murder mystery. There are so many layers and twists, I had absolutely no idea where the story would take me next!Echoes Among the Stones is also a deep and moving story about loss and grief, and how not one person copes with the effects the same as another.It’s haunting and heartbreaking.It’s a book you simply must read.I absolutely recommend Echoes Among the Stones! It’s available NOW – visit www.christianbook.com to purchase your copy!To learn more about Jaime, say hello to her on Facebook!I received a complimentary copy of this book from author Jaime Jo Wright and Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own..Fantastic, engaging read!Review to come! I received a complimentary copy of this book from author Jaime Jo Wright and Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Jaime Jo Wright excels at creating a mystery spanning two ears that immerses readers in the plot. And in Echoes Among the Stones, she sets the story around a cemetery. Yet this book didn’t have as much as an eerie feel to me (but there were still plenty of questions to answer).Wright has quickly become a must-read author for me because of the way she weaves themes seamlessly throughout her book. Her newest deals with grief and the different ways in which people grieve their losses.In Once again Jaime Jo Wright excels at creating a mystery spanning two ears that immerses readers in the plot. And in Echoes Among the Stones, she sets the story around a cemetery. Yet this book didn’t have as much as an eerie feel to me (but there were still plenty of questions to answer).Wright has quickly become a must-read author for me because of the way she weaves themes seamlessly throughout her book. Her newest deals with grief and the different ways in which people grieve their losses.In the midst of grief is the promise of hope and the strength of faith. I love that Wright gives readers both the mysterious and suspenseful (a puzzle to solve) while also injecting light into these somewhat darker stories. Life may be bleak and gray, but readers can rest in the promise of better things to come.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is spellbinding! Jaime Jo weaves stories unlike any I have ever read and they are impossible to put down. Echoes is probably my favorite of hers so far. The mystery in this one pulled me in from the very first page and kept me guessing throughout, just when I thought I had it figured out, the next scene would change everything. If you like dual time stories and a fantastic mystery, give this one a try! You won't be disappointed!!I received this book from the author and was not required This book is spellbinding! Jaime Jo weaves stories unlike any I have ever read and they are impossible to put down. Echoes is probably my favorite of hers so far. The mystery in this one pulled me in from the very first page and kept me guessing throughout, just when I thought I had it figured out, the next scene would change everything. If you like dual time stories and a fantastic mystery, give this one a try! You won't be disappointed!!I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    A book that flashes between the present day and WWII time, between present losses and past loss of a loved one.The book begins with the return of a Granddaughter and the lie of a Grandmother that she had broken her hip, but Aggie needed to come here, and there needed to be answers to the long-ago murder of a family member.As the author presented the characters, I kept changing my mind as to who would have done the evil deed, but have to say I was very surprised when the answers finally came. A A book that flashes between the present day and WWII time, between present losses and past loss of a loved one.The book begins with the return of a Granddaughter and the lie of a Grandmother that she had broken her hip, but Aggie needed to come here, and there needed to be answers to the long-ago murder of a family member.As the author presented the characters, I kept changing my mind as to who would have done the evil deed, but have to say I was very surprised when the answers finally came. A little morbid, with the doll house, and then skeletons and bone fragments appearing, but then they all have a hint to what happened.In the end, I was glad that Aggie came and stayed with Mumsie, and I loved the character Collin! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    I think this might be my favorite from Jaime so far!5/5 stars!
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Jaime Jo Wright has mastered the art of dual timeline mysteries and Echoes Among the Stones is no exception. Personally, I have never been one to choose to read historical fiction because I prefer to read more contemporary fiction. However, I really enjoy reading stories like this one that connect the past to the present. Imogene and Aggie, the main characters of past and present, are such strong female characters. Imogene had discovered her sisters body in the attic of her family home in 1946 Jaime Jo Wright has mastered the art of dual timeline mysteries and Echoes Among the Stones is no exception. Personally, I have never been one to choose to read historical fiction because I prefer to read more contemporary fiction. However, I really enjoy reading stories like this one that connect the past to the present. Imogene and Aggie, the main characters of past and present, are such strong female characters. Imogene had discovered her sisters body in the attic of her family home in 1946 and Imogene was determined to figure out who was responsible for her sisters death. Aggie now works in the cemetery where Imogene's sister is buried and some mysterious events take place as if someone does not want Aggie to discover the truth about what happened to Imogene's sister. Readers will keep turning the pages to discover the answers to the mystery surrounding the death of Hazel and be quite surprised at the end. In addition to writing fabulous page-turning suspense, the author deals with themes of grief, forgiveness, reconciliation, and includes just the right amount of romance.I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    Jaime Jo Wright has delivered another atmospheric story for lovers of Gothic-style suspense—partly set in a graveyard, no less! But as well as delivering some chills and thrills, she also delivers a poignant story about the ways we process and deal with grief—or not, as the case may be. Not only is the historical storyline set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, as the young men who return from war try to settle back into civilian life, but both Imogene (historical setting) and Aggie Jaime Jo Wright has delivered another atmospheric story for lovers of Gothic-style suspense—partly set in a graveyard, no less! But as well as delivering some chills and thrills, she also delivers a poignant story about the ways we process and deal with grief—or not, as the case may be. Not only is the historical storyline set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, as the young men who return from war try to settle back into civilian life, but both Imogene (historical setting) and Aggie (contemporary setting) have recently lost a family member—in Imogene’s case, in brutal circumstances.Counterbalancing the darker side of this story is archaeologist Collin O’Shaughnessy, who brings his professional and personal insights to the story with a gentle touch of dramatic flair and an eclectic collection of colloquialisms. He is, in a word, charming. If I may be allowed two words, I would say quite charming! And his role as an archaeologist works on a literal and metaphorical level: “I’m just an archaeologist, Love…I help uncover dead things and bring their stories back to life.” This applies to the characters who are buried under the weight of their grief as much as it does the characters who are buried in the earth.While both stories kept me firmly in their grasp, I did find this a less intense read than Wright’s previous novels. It was intriguing more than suspenseful for me, and I wasn’t convinced by a few aspects of the mystery when all was revealed. But that won’t stop me eagerly anticipating the next offering from Jaime Jo Wright.I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Sonnetta
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of my favorite books in this year. It was such a deep read. I enjoy reading this dual time-lined story. You’ll laugh and cry at the interactions between Mumsie and Aggie. You will view loss in a different way. The characters are captivating. I wanted to skip ahead to the ending because the suspense was killing me. One of my favorite quotes from the book.“Grief isn’t wrong, but it can paralyze. It can thwart a life. A person can choose to let time stand still, and while they hold the This is one of my favorite books in this year. It was such a deep read. I enjoy reading this dual time-lined story. You’ll laugh and cry at the interactions between Mumsie and Aggie. You will view loss in a different way. The characters are captivating. I wanted to skip ahead to the ending because the suspense was killing me. One of my favorite quotes from the book.“Grief isn’t wrong, but it can paralyze. It can thwart a life. A person can choose to let time stand still, and while they hold the pieces of the past, the hope of their future passes them by.” I received this book from the publisher and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderfully deft treatise on how the sins of the past have future ramifications and framed in the marvelous world of archaeology. Literal metaphors of digging up the truth marry well with the themes of grace, redemption and ultimate justice. With a strong faith message and intriguing characters as well as Wright's hallmark darkly atmospheric touch, Echoes Among the Stones proves that Wright has definitively carved out a new subgenre for herself in the realm of Christian fiction: that of a A wonderfully deft treatise on how the sins of the past have future ramifications and framed in the marvelous world of archaeology. Literal metaphors of digging up the truth marry well with the themes of grace, redemption and ultimate justice. With a strong faith message and intriguing characters as well as Wright's hallmark darkly atmospheric touch, Echoes Among the Stones proves that Wright has definitively carved out a new subgenre for herself in the realm of Christian fiction: that of a resplendently gothic timbre.I especially liked the wisdom and gravity of Collin who offered a wonderful counterbalance to the darker tenets of the story.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    'There was never a good time for Death to visit.'Jaime Jo Wright is in a league of her own. Echoes Among the Stones held me captive with its deep story, fabulous mystery, and exceptionally well-written characters. I had several theories early on of which person was the killer, one of them being a long shot. In the end, it paid off. I had the correct killer but for the wrong reasons. Dual-time stories have become some of my favorite to read. There are always lessons to be gleaned from the past 'There was never a good time for Death to visit.'Jaime Jo Wright is in a league of her own. Echoes Among the Stones held me captive with its deep story, fabulous mystery, and exceptionally well-written characters. I had several theories early on of which person was the killer, one of them being a long shot. In the end, it paid off. I had the correct killer but for the wrong reasons. Dual-time stories have become some of my favorite to read. There are always lessons to be gleaned from the past and in Echoes Among the Stones, one of the things Aggie is going to learn is how to deal with her grief over the loss of her mother and not let it stymie her from having a fulfilling future. My heart stuttered more than once through the emotional storm of Imogene’s narrative. If you’ve ever lost someone you dearly love then you know agony. You know you would give anything to be with them one more time. In one scene, Imogene’s brother asks if she’s even been inside Hazel’s room since their sister’s murder. Imogene nodded her head.”I have.” She’d considered moving into it. To be closer to Hazel, wrapped in the faint, lingering scent of her. (Pg 276)Oh my. I could totally relate. When my mom passed away, the first thing I did when I went back to her home was go straight to her bedroom, grab her pillow, bury my face in it and breathe in her scent. I did the same thing when my daughter died. Sometimes I still hold her favorite blanket close, imagining I can smell the ‘lingering scent of her’. It’s such a tangible scene in the book that even now, my heart aches and I tear up.“…Their voices will always echo, here, among the stones, and in our hearts. It is how it was meant to be.”These are just a couple of thoughts about one of the best books I’ve read in 2019. I highly recommend it. You can’t go wrong with a Jaime Jo Wright book.I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    The past, the present, and future, all bound by grief...There are some reviews that are nearly impossible to write. Not because you dislike the book, but the exact opposite. Sometimes it's hard to rein in your thoughts and get them organized in a way that makes sense because some books are just so emotionally involving and thought provoking. Echoes Among The Stones is one of those books. You see, author Jaime Jo Wright takes on a topic that is all-consuming and not often delved into with such The past, the present, and future, all bound by grief...There are some reviews that are nearly impossible to write. Not because you dislike the book, but the exact opposite. Sometimes it's hard to rein in your thoughts and get them organized in a way that makes sense because some books are just so emotionally involving and thought provoking. Echoes Among The Stones is one of those books. You see, author Jaime Jo Wright takes on a topic that is all-consuming and not often delved into with such depth in Christian fiction. That subject is grief. Why is grief so hard to talk about? It's something that has touched everyone in one way or another. But it's also so very very personal. As Mumsie says in the book “Death deals a wicked hand. We all respond differently, and not always the way we should.” But Jaime Jo Wright does indeed take it on, with a sensitivity and kindness wrapped in the pages of an entertaining suspense novel. Echoes Among The Stones is heartwrenching in the pain it lays open for the world to see, but, it is also beautiful in its wisdom and gentle nudges towards faith even when it seems like God couldn't possibly be there. The book itself is very well written, Jaime Jo Wright being one of the most talented Christian fiction authors that I've ever read, and it's a real page-turner that's impossible to put down. But Echoes Among The Stones is much more than its technical form and entertaining qualities. It's also its message, how it makes you feel, how it makes you think, that makes it the lovely, though bittersweet, book that it is...(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    Regardless of where faith may take us and what the good Lord has in store, we’ll never stop hearing their voices. The voices of the ones we’ve loved before. Their voices will always echo, here, among the stones, and in our hearts. It is how it was meant to be. Jaime Jo Wright has the right stuff when it comes to writing dual timeline stories! Unlike her novels before this one, we know what event took place. She pieces the past with the present in a way that captures the reader and forcing them Regardless of where faith may take us and what the good Lord has in store, we’ll never stop hearing their voices. The voices of the ones we’ve loved before. Their voices will always echo, here, among the stones, and in our hearts. It is how it was meant to be. Jaime Jo Wright has the right stuff when it comes to writing dual timeline stories! Unlike her novels before this one, we know what event took place. She pieces the past with the present in a way that captures the reader and forcing them to follow along a trail of solving a 72 year old cold case and tugging at hearts with a depth that surprises me every time. I know I lost track of time in the real world because I NEEDED to keep reading. It was like unfolding delicate rose petals only to discover there was so much more under the beautiful surface! It’s hard to write a review without giving too much away; I want the reader to discover all the good stuff for themselves. This one is just as completely captivating as the first three books! The ending was shocking as she reveals the culprit, I had no clue and I was asking myself if what I read was really what I read! I love every twist, every turn and every chilling layer she revealed. I quickly became part of the Aggie, Mumsie, Collin, Ollie, Sam, and Ida’s lives. Really there’s nothing I don’t like about this book & I think the reader is in for a real treat with Echoes Among the Stones ! I highly recommend this to readers who like trying to solve cold cases, love suspense, and want the kind of depth in a story that keeps you turning pages well into the night! *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on behalf of the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    Wright gives readers a story that they will not be able to tear themselves away from in Echoes Among the Stones. From the very beginning I was hooked. Chapter One, for example, was pretty short. But Wright packs a punch in a short time, and I couldn’t tear myself away. For those of you who may need a little longer to get hooked, read chapter two. Mumsie and Aggie are almost like oil and vinegar. I feel like if I had a Mumsie in my life, I would always feel like I wasn’t good enough, and Wright gives readers a story that they will not be able to tear themselves away from in Echoes Among the Stones. From the very beginning I was hooked. Chapter One, for example, was pretty short. But Wright packs a punch in a short time, and I couldn’t tear myself away. For those of you who may need a little longer to get hooked, read chapter two. Mumsie and Aggie are almost like oil and vinegar. I feel like if I had a Mumsie in my life, I would always feel like I wasn’t good enough, and constantly be questioning what Mumsie was talking about. It seemed like she was talking in code sometimes. Even so, throughout the story she did have several words of wisdom, and she kind of grew on me as the story went on.Now, I do have to mention that this book has a creepy factor. It’s not as intense as her previous books, but there were several creepy moments for me. The one that sticks out the most is when the dollhouse came on the scene. I won’t divulge more information than that, but let me just say the hairs on my arms were standing up for a few moments! The thing is, Wright can creep me out without totally scaring me, and that’s what makes her books so uniquely amazing.I also have to mention how much I love Collin’s character. I giggled every time he said some non-American catch phrase. I think he might be my favorite hero from Wright’s novels. He was just so charming, and everytime I hear someone say “love”, I’m going to think of him!Like each story, Wright brings the past and present together in a remarkable way. I loved both storylines equally, and actually like that we found out a little bit about how they intertwined early in the story. I will say once I hit about 2/3rd’s of the way through, there was no way I was putting the book down until I reached the end. Work and family didn’t matter lol. I need to get to the end!I’m a huge fan of Wright’s novels, and this one just reminds me why. She writes eerily wonderful storylines, all while giving readers a beautiful message of God’s love. The only bad thing about finishing this book so fast is that I have to wait until the next one releases!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    With her trademark ability for weaving fascinatingly creepy tales of healing and forgiveness, award-winning author Jaime Jo Wright brings out the "creep factor" with skeletons, cemeteries, dead bodies, and a very unique dollhouse in her latest dual timeline novel, Echoes Among the Stones. The slower pace to the beginning of the story allows readers to start piecing together the various clues through many twists and turns, which leads to a surprising conclusion. When she arrives in town to visit With her trademark ability for weaving fascinatingly creepy tales of healing and forgiveness, award-winning author Jaime Jo Wright brings out the "creep factor" with skeletons, cemeteries, dead bodies, and a very unique dollhouse in her latest dual timeline novel, Echoes Among the Stones. The slower pace to the beginning of the story allows readers to start piecing together the various clues through many twists and turns, which leads to a surprising conclusion. When she arrives in town to visit her grandmother, Aggie’s unexpected new job as a cemetery secretary brings up buried secrets. As Aggie searches for answers in present day, the readers find out clues as Imogene's 1946 storyline follows the mystery behind the death of young Hazel Grayson, and suddenly the past collides with the present. Jaime Jo Wright emphasizes hope, healing, and forgiveness through God’s incredible grace throughout the novel. For readers who have been hesitant to read Jaime Jo Wright’s books in the past due to their “creepy” nature, Echoes Among the Stones would be the perfect book of hers to start with since it does not have quite as dark of a tone as her previous books. Echoes Among the Stones is highly recommended for readers who enjoy dual timeline stories filled with suspense and the perfect amount of creepiness. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'There was never a good time for Death to visit. There was never a time when Grief would leave.'Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel a few years ago was a wonderful book and I determined to follow her and eagerly anticipated each novel. Her trademark dual time line novels are like reading two books at once. She is quite good at weaving these two stories together, while at the same time, creating very mysterious plots.This time around, the story takes place in 1946 and the present day. A gruesome murder 'There was never a good time for Death to visit. There was never a time when Grief would leave.'Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel a few years ago was a wonderful book and I determined to follow her and eagerly anticipated each novel. Her trademark dual time line novels are like reading two books at once. She is quite good at weaving these two stories together, while at the same time, creating very mysterious plots.This time around, the story takes place in 1946 and the present day. A gruesome murder has taken place and never solved, while in the present day, the murder seems to be at the very heart of the plot and it is life changing for those involved. Watching how Wright unfolds her stories is incredibly interesting and quickly draws the reader in. Recommended.*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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