Gate to Nowhere

Gate to Nowhere

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by Leanna Sain

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Free-lance artist Emma Franklin inherits a farm in MacKinlay, North Carolina and stumbles upon a mystery involving the town's namesake, a man despised and scorned by everyone she meets. Determined to unravel the puzzle, she steps through an old rusty gate in front of her farmhouse and is suddenly thrust 177 years into the past.


Free-lance artist Emma Franklin inherits a farm in MacKinlay, North Carolina and stumbles upon a mystery involving the town's namesake, a man despised and scorned by everyone she meets. Determined to unravel the puzzle, she steps through an old rusty gate in front of her farmhouse and is suddenly thrust 177 years into the past.

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Carol Guy
May I say this is one of the best time travel books I've ever read. It has suspense, romance, mystery, and enough action to keep things interesting. My compliments to the author for writing a book that successfully mixes all those elements into an enthralling and entertaining story.
Dr. Florence Weinberg
The Gate to Nowhere is engrossing, an enjoyable read for all ages, and earns my most enthusiastic recommendation.

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Leanna Sain lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina with her husband, Randy, and two teenage sons, Tyler and Ethan, whom she home-schools. Free-lance portrait artist, co-owner of two local retail stores and part-time farmer, she got the idea for her first novel at a friend's house. There she saw the "gate to nowhere" and knew she had to turn it into a great story.

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Gate to Nowhere 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Emma Franklin has inherited her grandmother's house and all the memories and heartache that go with it. She wants to start again and rebuild her life but is this town of Nowhere the right place. Getting set up was easy and clearing out the attic was an adventure from the past with old clothes and mementos of another time and place, one Emma almost thought she belonged in. The one stumbling block to this new life is the obsession she has with a gate that won't budge in her backyard. Emma find herself the gate open one sleepless night as she wanders her backyard and seems almost compelled to walk through it. After walking through she then finds herself meeting Gavin MacKinlay the owner of the property in the early 1800's. The adventure after that is even more amazing than traveling back in time. History books had not been kind to Gavin but everything that Emma sees, hears and discovers about him are a complete contradiction to what is written. The town seems to love him, the women want to marry him and his land is prospering. What or who happened that ruined all this good work? Emma meets the woman who wants to marry Gavin despite his lack of interest and she begins to wonder if this woman could have turned everything positive to negative. Yet Emma senses some other force at work behind all these bad deeds and plans to rewrite history so that the real Gavin is revealed and his name restored. But when Emma tells Gavin where she came from will he believe her or just think she was hit on the head and not thinking correctly. Emma has to decide if this is the life she wants with Gavin or to live in the present alone and without him. Going back to the past has many disadvantages but the one draw is love and a future to be built with a man she loves. This book could be considered in a number of categories but I like to think of it as historical romance. The characters are full of life and Ms. Sain brings them to life on each page. This is not as much about time travel as it is two people finding each other and solving a mystery while perhaps uncovering a mystery or two.
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Roomie More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this action-packed, time travel novel! The suspense kept me going and I couldn't put it down. Very creative and descriptive writing made it a joy to read. LOVED it and I can't wait to get started on the next one in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In MacKinlay, North Carolina, thirty-four years old widow Emma Franklin follows the specific underlined directions of attorney Anthony Clark provided her to her late grandmother¿s Golden Apple farm. However the obvious oval sign that he claimed she would see at four and seven-tenth miles is not there or anything remotely matching the photos she has with her. She parks her jeep to look around only to realize why she missed the opening. Thinking of her father¿s warning rhyme of ¿leaves of three let them be¿ she realizes poison ivy blocks the way into the farm she just inherited.------------- Emma finds a safe way through the vines before returning to MacKinlay to buy food and other necessities. No one seems to welcome her in fact they are outright angry and hostile towards her. She returns to her new home stunned and begins a search of the house and the garden with its shut rusted gate. In a secret panel she discovers three journals from the 1820s in which she learns Gavin MacKinlay, who the town is named after, built her new home in the early nineteenth century and was obviously cherished and loved until a tragedy not explained happened and the entries abruptly stop. Outside the rusted gate has somehow opened up. Curious to where the gate leads, she will soon learn who loves Gavin and why the Indians called this area ¿Nowhere¿.-------------- This is an action-packed time travel romance starring a wonderful somewhat bewildered heroine and a courageous hunk. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Emma struggles to find the signpost and never slows down until the final confrontation. Although the lead couple reacts to everything thrown their way too easily, fans will want to walk through the GATE TO NOWHERE to watch Emma¿s amazing adventure.------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author grabbed my attention from page one. Suspense, mystery, and intrigue are all there. This is a hard book to put down. I'm already looking for the next one. There must be a sequel coming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Ms.Sain's book. She doesn't write like a first time author! Her knowledge of history and the pictures she paints are excellent. I'd recommend this book, and am looking forward to reading the next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title captured me! Then I learned that Nowhere is a place in time and the journey backward began! I found the narrative like sitting and chatting with a dear friend. Indeed, I found myself looking into my own history, and wondering if this could really happen! I certainly recommend this as an intriguing read, and look forward to the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter if you're looking for a love story, suspense, mystery or danger--this book will give you a good dose of it! The part I enjoy the most is how even the most insignificant changes in the past can make such a tremendous difference in future events and attitudes. When will the sequel be out?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Gate to Nowhere' and highly recommend it. There is mystery, romance and good vs. evil -- all the elements that make for an exciting story. I rate it as one of the top books I've read over the years. I'm ready for the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me from the very first pages. I am normally a romance reader, but this book has so much more in addition to romance. It greatly balances suspense, mystery and romance into a great story that keeps you waiting for more. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel to this book!! A wonderful read - highly reccomended!!!