I finished reading Echoes Among the Stones, Jaime Jo Wright’s latest time-slip novel, last night. Putting words to a review this morning doesn’t feel fair to the impact of the book. It’s the type of story that leaves a reader thinking long after the final page has closed.
When Aggie Dunkirk’s life falls apart, she moves to Wisconsin to help her elderly grandmother. However, strange happenings, unmarked graves, and an old doll house draw Aggie into a mystery someone wants to keep hidden. Aggie refuses to give up, especially when the lives of those she cares about may be at stake.
Imogene Grayson has Hollywood dreams she longs to fulfill now that World War II has ended and the soldier boys are home. But when she discovers her sister murdered, Imogene promises to find the person who ended her sister’s life. The search encompasses her, threatens her, and changes her life forever. Will she ever find the answers she seeks?
Echoes Among the Stones begins more morbidly than I expected, but the introduction of Collin, the archaeologist who Aggie must work with, lightens the tone and pulls a reader into the story. The pull is so strong, in fact, that it was nearly impossible to put the book down, yet the story was so good, I didn’t want it to end.
Words truly fail me to fully explain what I loved about Echoes Among the Stones. It’s not creepy like a couple of Jaime’s other books, but it does face death and grief head on. Those topics are not for the faint of heart and walking with Aggie and Imogene as they face their own sorrows allows their story to reach into a reader’s life.
If you’re brave enough to wrestle with the hard questions surrounding grief, death, loss, and God’s place in it, then definitely pick up a copy of Echoes Among the Stones. Jaime weaves a masterful tale that will stick with you long after the story has ended. I cannot recommend her books highly enough.
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