Beyond the silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse
Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know.
Still, something dark did happen in the family’s past. Lillian’s seven-year-old charge hasn’t spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love–or will it endanger her even more?
My opinion: This is a wonderful mystery with memorable characters and an intriguing plot line. I like how the love story developed as the two main characters get to know each other, it was sweet and fun to be along for the ride. I liked how there was a mystery as well which made it all the more interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.