Welcome to the blog tour for In The Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport! I am so thrilled to have Olivia here today talking about how she can relate to Jillian. Make sure you check out the giveaway at the end of the post. It’s a good one!!
Book: In the Cradle Lies
Author: Olivia Newport
Genre: Christian Fiction
Release Date: November, 2019
Book 2 in the Tree of Life Series: A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Faith Journeys on Family Trees
On a solo ski vacation in Canyon Mines, Colorado, Tucker has a love-hate relationship with his wealth, spending indiscriminately while skiing fearlessly and preparing to conquer the overgrown slope of Hidden Run, a dangerous run not attempted in decades. As genealogist Jillian tries to uncover enough of Tucker’s family tree to understand his charming nature but reckless resolve, Jillian’s equally charming father, Nolan, cajoles Tucker into giving him ski lessons to get him talking about the suspicious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s life in St. Louis in the 1930s.
On the surface, Tucker’s family’s history seems too perfect. The secret may lie in the sealed envelope Tucker carries with him at all times—even on the ski slope. When no one can find Tucker to tell him the fiancée he never mentioned turned up in Canyon Mines, they realize he must be off attempting to ski Hidden Run alone in a snowstorm. And they may be too late.
In the Cradle Lies is the second book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.
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I said it after reading book one, and I’ll say it again. Jillian makes being a genealogist look cool. I was just as impressed with this story as I was with the first one in this book. Olivia Newport really does make you want to dig into your own family history, hoping that you will find some cool piece of history. Even if you aren’t ready to dig deep just yet, you can enjoy the research that Jillian does in this second installment of the Tree of Life series.
Tucker was an interesting character. He caught me by surprised when we first entered the scene – just kind of throwing his money around as if it didn’t matter, and yet not. I can’t explain it except to say it appeared there was more to him perhaps Ms. Newport was ready to divulge in that opening scene for him. Getting to know Tucker throughout the story was probably my favorite part. His character surprised me in so many different ways, all of them good of course.
Newport keeps readers on their toes about the big family secret, and let me tell you this reader was just hanging on every word waiting for the truth to come out. She beautifully weaves in a different time period, which not only allows the reader to see the back story to the secret, but see how it all comes together in the end. I’m glad she decided to write this series in this way. Had we just got the information from Jillian’s research, it would have the same impact. Isn’t it great how stories can provide multiple POV’s to enhance a reader’s experience!?
In the Cradle Lies is a delightful read that has deepened my appreciation of genealogy research. For readers who are new to the series, I highly recommend starting with book one so they can see how it all began. Plus it’s just really good 🙂
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twenty something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.
True confession. I live in Colorado and don’t ski.
In the Cradle Lies includes several references to “How can you live in the Colorado mountains and not ski?” Jillian, a main character in the Tree of Life series, has lived in the mountain town of Canyon Mines since she was two, and by the time she was eight she knew she didn’t want to ski.
I grew up in Illinois, and while my high school had a ski club and somehow found places to ski (I’m not sure where; um, not exactly mountain territory), I was sure I would break something. Arriving in Colorado in my forties did not persuade me to take up skiing at that age. I live at the base of Pikes Peak, not in the mountains like Jillian. I do love the views!
But one of the fun things about being a writer is learning a lot about things you know little about. Enter Google and YouTube. And more YouTube. And … you get the drift.
Some quick facts about Colorado skiing to help get you in the mood for In the Cradle Lies:
- Colorado typically leads the country in “skier days”—days of skiing purchased in ski areas.
- Actually, most people in the state don’t ski. By a large margin. Like 90 percent. (So I feel better and so does Jillian.)
- People visiting the state to ski or snowboard are important to our economy. (So thank you!)
- Colorado has hosted about 175 ski areas since it became a state in 1876. Today, we have only about 30 operating resorts—so there are lots of dormant, lost, and hidden runs like the one in my story.
I hope you’ll check out In the Cradle Lies—and find out why Tucker came from St. Louis to Canyon Mines to ski an abandoned run that put his life at risk.
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To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a free copy of In the Cradle Lies!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.