I’ve always been interested in genealogy, but it was reading the ARC of In the Cradle Lies, by Olivia Newport, courtesy of Barbour Publishing and NetGalley, as well as some other books that inspired me to get back to work on my own research. This is the 2nd book of the Tree of Life series, but it works well as a stand-alone book. So if you haven’t read the first book of the series, that’s no problem.
This book was particularly touching, as it involves a stolen child, Matthew, who was raised never knowing his biological family. That was alluded to early in the story, and figuring it out was pretty easy. His grandson, Tucker, now wants to know the truth surrounding Matthew’s dedication to helping children.
Jillian is a professional genealogist who works with life insurance companies searching for legal heirs, and sometimes with law enforcement. Her dad, Nolan, is a family lawyer who works with families in mediation. Jillian and Nolan often team up when their work coincides.
They live in the charming small town of Canyon Mines, Colorado – a town right out of a Hallmark movie. One of the tourists to this ski town, Tucker Kintzler, is intent on indiscriminately giving away large sums of money, and is determined to ski a very dangerous slope, Hidden Run, that has been closed since the 1930s. In fact, Tucker seems to have a love/hate relationship with his family’s money, and can’t get rid of it fast enough; and his reckless behavior has Jillian, Nolan, and their friends concerned for his safety.
The story is told in alternating flashbacks between Matthew’s childhood in the 1940s, and the present day. In the Cradle Lies is beautifully written, and will tug at your heart. Find out how Jillian and Nolan help Tucker learn the truth about his ancestry, and find his biological relatives. You will be glad you read this inspiring book.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Not a thing!