Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Passages of Hope (Doors to the Past) by Terri J. Haynes Reviewed


About the book:

Title: Passages of Hope 

Author: Terri J. Haynes

Series: Doors to the Past

Discover the Story Behind a Secret Passageway 
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Gracie Kingston begins renovations on the Philadelphia house inherited from her grandmother and finds a secret room. It is connected to a house nearby, the home of William Still, the man known as the father of the Underground Railroad. As she researches, she discovers a mystery in her house’s ownership. In 1855, Olivia Kingston helped a mother and her young child by hiding them in a secret room in her home. As she helps, she learns there may be an impostor conductor in their community. As Gracie’s and Olivia’s stories intertwine, they learn the meaning of sacrifice and love.

My Thoughts:

When I first started this book I didn't realize it was a dual-time novel so imagine my happy surprise finding out it was.

I read about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad when I homeschooled my children and this book brought back a lot of fun memories about learning about the Underground Railroad. 

I adored Gracie and it was fun watching her uncover the hidden room as well as finding out the historical ties to another house. 

In dual-time novels, I'm never sure whether I enjoy the historical timeline or the present-day better. Terri J. Haynes did such a fabulous job with this book I loved it all and was completely emersed in it. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I wasn't required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Terri J. Haynes

Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a prolific knitter and owner of a hand-dyed yarn company, freelance graphic artist, and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She is a storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers into the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.

Terri’s non-fiction publishing credits include Cup of Comfort for Military Families,, Publisher’s Weekly. Her traditionally published credits include four novellas and one full-length novel. Terri has also self-published one full-length novel and six novellas. 
Terri holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies and a certificate in creative writing and graphic design. She and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters.​

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Cindy said...

Nice review, I have this one on my TBR!

Andi said...

Thanks, Cindy! It’s the first thing that’s made me feel normal, writing a review, since Sunday. My dad was rushed to the hospital for a heart episode. He’s home now, but it was a crazy 24 hours.
I think you’d really like it!

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