Giveaway and Review for Phoebe’s Secret by Sydney Tooman Betts

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ABOUT THIS BOOK!

Book: Phoebe’s Secret

Author: Sydney Tooman Betts

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Mystery

Release Date: June 20, 2020

In April of 1843, Phoebe’s family hears about a murder while they are traveling to their new home in the Shenandoah Valley. They arrive to learn the victim attended the church her father has agreed to pastor and the crime took place on a leading church member’s plantation.

Eager to make new friends, Phoebe forms a unique relationship that propels her into the middle of the mystery, and she begins to question several acquaintances’ motives. Will she uncover their secrets before the plantation owner’s charming son discovers hers?

I always enjoy reading book with a setting near our home, and the Shenandoah Valley is pretty close and I've been to the area many times over the years. I was fun to read how things may have been so many years ago. 

Set in 1843, Phoebe and her family had just moved to the Shenandoah Valley when they hear of a tragedy, involving people in the church. Her dad was the new preacher at the area church. Will this family have a difficult time from the beginning of moving there?

I really like Phoebe and enjoyed following her throughout the story. She has a kind personality and was involved in many jobs, including taking care of the house while her mom is no there. I was also intrigued with her mysterious person she was hiding, and the sneaky things she was doing. I hope we hear more from Phoebe in other books in the this series. She is my far my favorite person in this story. But there are other well crafted characters that do their parts well.

I like and appreciate how the author weaves the Christian life into her characters in such a subtle way. As well as putting little tidbits through the story and her notes to teach us a little more about slaves and slavery. One thing for sure is I did not figure out the mysteries until the end.This is a story that you will love if you enjoy historical fiction. And this book is a sure five stars for me!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sydney Betts

Sydney Tooman Betts resides with her husband near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several chapters in her series The People of the Book.

While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) took part in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level.

Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.

More from Sydney

Proverbs 25:11 says, “Words spoken fitly are like apples of gold in settings of silver.” I was not a great reader as a child, but I loved stories. We remember stories, whether told through movies, good sermon illustrations, parables, or simple  novels.

Think of something you’ve read in the Bible. Did an instructional verse, a narrative, or a parable leap to mind? Stories have power because we can relate to them. We see ourselves in the shoes of the main character and ask what we might do in the situation. Mysteries, a new genre for me to write, are a little different. You are in the puzzle with the main character, working out the solution as you both come across the clues. I hope you will enjoy joining Phoebe in her first mystery as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Recipe:

Sally Lunn Bread

1 cup water
1 cup milk
¼ pound unsalted butter
8 cups of high-gluten or bread flour
⅔ cup sugar
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup yeast
6 eggs

In a saucepan, combine water, milk and butter. Heat until the butter is very soft.

In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients with half the flour. Add the warm liquid, and mix well to form a smooth batter.

Add 3 eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add another cup of the flour, and mix well. Add the second 3 eggs, one at a time. Add the remaining flour, and mix until the flour has been incorporated and the batter has formed a smooth ball. The dough should be less firm than bread and more firm than a batter.

Put the dough in a clear bowl with a little oil and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Proof until double in volume. Divide the dough between two bund pans or two loaf pans, or one of each. Proof again until risen and doubled in volume.  Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. Makes 20 servings.

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To celebrate her tour, Sydney is giving away the grand prize package of $25 Amazon gift card and a softback copy of Phoebe’s Secret!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10194/phoebe-s-secret-celebration-tour-giveaway

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. James Robert
    Oct 10, 2020 @ 04:34:44

    Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

    Reply

  2. Rita Wray
    Oct 10, 2020 @ 08:03:10

    Sounds like a good book.

    Reply

  3. diannekc
    Oct 10, 2020 @ 17:54:29

    Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

    Reply

  4. carylkane
    Oct 10, 2020 @ 19:37:28

    Great review! Sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply

  5. lindamoffitt02
    Oct 10, 2020 @ 21:55:47

    Looks like a Great Read. Thanks for Sharing this Book & this Book Tour with us.

    Reply

  6. Debbie P
    Oct 10, 2020 @ 22:38:51

    This sounds like a really great read.

    Reply

  7. Emma
    Oct 10, 2020 @ 23:12:16

    This sounds like an exciting story!

    Reply

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