In the Cradle Lies

In the Cradle Lies

by Olivia Newport

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Overview


A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past 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.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683229957
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Series: Tree of Life Series , #2
Edition description: Tree of Life #2
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 723,256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething 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.

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CHAPTER 1

Jillian Parisi-Duffy was of firm enough character to defend her choice regardless of the criticism, and she had faced plenty.

First, from her father before she left the house that morning. "If you plan to spend most of your time sitting in the lodge with a book, at least take a novel."

"Bye, Dad," was all she said as she shoved her choice in her bag and went out the front door to meet Kristina Bryant in her idling sedan.

Then there was Kris. "That's the book you brought to read while I ski?"

"It's been at the top of my pile for weeks. I can finally dig in."

Then other guests in the lodge, coming and going to warm up between runs and plopping down beside her on the sofa in front of the massive fire with their hot chocolate. "What are you reading?" She'd shown them the cover and watched their predictable expressions.

"That's a mouthful," they said, or "Not exactly leisure reading," or "Is somebody making you read that?"

"How's the skiing?" she replied every time. They'd chatter about snowpack and powder for a few minutes and then be ready to go back out.

Jillian had been out on the lodge's deck a few times to stretch her legs, inhale the bracing mountain air, and try to spot Kris's purple ski jacket and leggings on the slopes against the cerulean sky and sprays of glimmering alabaster powder. But most of the time she remained camped in front of the stone fireplace with one of a progression of steaming beverages, hot chocolate piled with whipped cream, rich caramel latte, and finally dark hot chocolate with hazelnut syrup. Once she interrupted the flow of beverages with the simple sandwich and chips fare the lodge offered, because her father would later ask if she'd eaten anything all day. With a turn of her head in either direction, she could gaze out floor-to-ceiling windows at the luminous Colorado day and the ski lifts moving people to the tops of the runs. The day was stunning, no question.

But so was her book. She didn't have her laptop with her and hadn't even brought a yellow legal pad for notes, so technically this wasn't work. It was recreational reading that happened to be of an academic nature and coincidentally intersected with her profession as a genealogist. With her hands free of hot beverage and food, at least temporarily, Jillian slipped her feet out of her low-cut, fur-lined boots and folded them under her legs on the deep, thick-cushioned leather sofa. Then she began a new chapter, letting the sounds of the lodge fade into the background.

"How's the book?"

"Fantabulous." She knew the voice and angled her head toward the inquirer. "How's the skiing?"

"Astonishing!" Kris unzipped her jacket and shrugged out of it as she dropped onto the sofa beside Jillian.

"What's so astonishing?" Jillian moved her bookmark, closed the volume, and twisted toward her best friend. "You've skied here dozens of times."

"Of course I am always an astonishing skier." Kris tugged off her cap and tucked it into the helmet in her lap.

"And humble," Jillian said.

"There is a dude out there you would not believe. You know how you always say that the way I ski is one of the biggest arguments for why you don't ski?"

"It is. You're a maniac daredevil."

"You would reconsider that description if you saw this guy."

"Who is he?"

Kris shook her head. "Not a clue. But I've never seen a more audacious skier."

"That's saying a lot."

"And I mean it. If you hear sirens for the ski patrol, they will be for him. He's going to kill himself."

"Come on, Kris. This is a family-friendly ski business."

"Tell that to him. He's looking for danger. When I do the double-black runs here, I don't usually have much company. Not many people have the skills. But he didn't even take a minute at the top to see where the path down was. He just got off the lift at the top and pushed off without a breath or a beat."

"Well, is he as good as he thinks he is?"

Kris shrugged. "His turns are pretty tight, I'll give him that. But he's scary fast and doesn't seem to believe in stops."

"Maybe he's a competitive skier."

"Then why ski here?"

"Don't know. Hey, why did you come in? Hungry? Cold?"

"Grrr. The buckles on one boot are not holding properly. I'm spending half my time stopping to adjust them, and even still I feel my heel moving too much for good turns. I'm not going to take chances. I have to call it a day and have Leif Mueller look at it back in town."

"You've been out there for hours." Jillian put her feet back in her boots. "Have something to eat first. I'll start putting stuff in the car."

The day still blazed resplendent on the drive back to Canyon Mines, which was within easy driving distance of half a dozen ski locations. It wasn't often that Kris could get away from Ore the Mountain, her ice cream parlor on Main Street, for an extended day excursion, but January — especially the lull just after Christmas — was a better time than most to leave the shop in the hands of a part-time employee. Though there might be ski season foot traffic through town, freezing mountain temperatures did not put ice cream at the top of tourists' lists, and the Canary Cage coffee shop just down the block sold hot beverages that Kris could not compete with. Hot chocolate was the only exception, because her secret ingredient was hand-tempered chocolate supplied by Carolyn, who ran Digger's Delight, the candy shop that shared the building with Ore the Mountain.

"So Veronica and Luke are having their usual winter party soon," Kris said as she turned her car toward the town limits. "Are you and your dad going?"

"With sleigh bells on," Jillian said.

"As usual, the theme is hush-hush. Have you heard any leaks?"

"Not yet."

"And if you did?"

Jillian smiled. She could keep a secret. "Nia said Meri promised to come back for a weekend at the Inn after she's settled at grad school in Denver."

"You all did a good thing for her, helping her sort out her genealogy — and her family."

"I don't always get to see the difference genealogy searches make quite so dramatically." Jillian pointed out the windshield. "It's starting to snow again."

"Fresh powder."

"You're already thinking about getting back out on the slopes."

"Sure, if I get my boots fixed. Will your dad cut back his days working in Denver?"

"Just January and February. Two days a week instead of three. If we have a mild stretch, he can always change his mind." Nolan Duffy's home office was upstairs while Jillian's was downstairs. He worked part of the week in Denver and part in Canyon Mines, and she worked full-time out of the house. Their arrangement had worked for years. Nolan's practice as a family law attorney and mediator was brisk, and Jillian's work creating family trees for individuals or looking for missing people for insurance or law firms, along with speaking at genealogy conferences and writing for journals, produced a steady stream of requests for her expertise. Since losing her mom when she was fourteen, Jillian and her dad had created their own rhythms of companionable living.

"I heard Clark Addison is threatening to remodel the Canary Cage," Kris said.

"He'd better not get rid of our couch."

"You got that right. We might have to stage a sit-in."

"How's Carolyn's daughter?"

"Getting close to delivering, I think. Carolyn's going to close the candy store for a month when the baby comes and go to Golden to help out."

"Makes sense. Business is slower than in the summer."

"People still buy more candy in the winter than they do ice cream. Without her next door, I could go days without selling a scoop," Kris said.

"Close up and take a real vacation. Go someplace you've always wanted to ski."

"Hey, do you mind if we go straight to the ski shop? I might as well find out what Leif thinks about my boot and whether I have anything to ski with."

They drove past the conjoined ice cream and candy shops, past Veronica and Luke O'Reilly's Victorium Emporium, past the Canary Cage, and detoured off Main Street to Catch Air, the shop Leif Mueller had been running for the last twelve years to take advantage of the town's proximity to Colorado ski country. Kris took both boots from the trunk and carried them through the door.

Just inside, she elbowed Jillian and whispered. "There he is."

"Who?"

"The guy from the double blacks." Kris pointed by tilting her head. "How did he get here so fast?"

"He drives the way he skis?"

The man was older than Jillian's twenty-eight years, in his midthirties, tall. The pockets of his radiant green ski jacket overflowed with a yellow hat and gloves. At least he took the precaution of being visible on the slopes during his daring downward flights. Jillian didn't have to be wealthy or a skier to recognize that this man had invested some serious money in outfitting himself, and he wasn't shopping the clearance rack now. Over one shoulder, in stark contrast to the high-end garb that covered him head-to-toe, hung a drab, gray cloth backpack well past its best days.

Leif looked up. "Can I help you ladies — or at least the one of you who skis and is not afraid of tripping over herself?"

"Ha." Jillian grimaced. Having the shop owners in a small town know you had a downside. When the weather improved, she'd get back to regular running — and she rarely tripped.

Kris deposited both boots on the counter, and she and Leif entered a conversation about the technicalities. Jillian hadn't been in Leif's shop many times and began to wander. Even nonskiers could find warm winter gear here. Her dad's latest winter jacket had come from this shop, and it was easy to recognize the vivid hats and gloves around town. The daredevil skier Kris had seen on the slopes was browsing a rack of goggles and had two pairs in his hands with the grip of intent to purchase.

"Are you sure?" Kris's pitch rose. "That's pretty pricey."

Jillian shuffled back toward the front of the store.

Leif tilted his head and shrugged one shoulder. "You asked my opinion. Your main problem is the power strap. Yes, I can try changing that for you, but the other buckles are not in great shape either. We'll have to do them all, and they might never snap the way someone of your caliber deserves. You've had these boots forever, Kris. At the level of skier that you are, I really think you'd be happier in the long term if you started looking at a new pair."

Kris threw her head back and stared at the ceiling.

Jillian put one hand on her friend's shoulder. "You'll figure something out."

The man with the goggles put both pairs on the counter. "Give her whatever she needs and put it on my bill."

Kris's head snapped back into position and spun toward him. "What? No, of course you can't do that, Leif."

"Why not?" the man said. "Leif here says you need new boots. I saw you skiing today. You clearly warrant an excellent pair."

Kris colored. "No. Definitely no."

He extended his hand. "Tucker."

She took it. "Kris. My friend Jillian."

Jillian nodded.

"Knowing your first name does not mean you should buy me a pair of ski boots," Kris said.

"Pay it forward," Tucker said. "Isn't that what it's called?"

"This is not a Starbucks drive-through," Kris said. "This is a different animal altogether."

Even Jillian knew that the quality boots a skier like Kris needed would cost hundreds of dollars.

"I insist." Tucker looked at Leif. "What boot do you recommend for Kris?"

"I can suggest something," Leif said.

Tucker opened his wallet and laid down six crisp hundred dollar bills. "Will this cover it?"

Kris gripped Jillian's arm, gulping. "No ... Tucker. That's very generous, but I cannot accept."

"The thing about generosity is it's a gift. Freely given." Tucker looked at Jillian. "What could you use?"

"Nothing, thank you. I don't ski."

"A new jacket?" He opened his bulging wallet again. "I hear it's going to be a cold winter."

"No, really, I'm fine." Her jacket was only two years old and perfectly warm. Why was he carrying so much cash? Hadn't the man heard of credit cards?

"A new hat, at least?"

Jillian pointed to the blue knit cap with its red stripe that contained her mane of black hair.

"Some decent sunglasses then." He grabbed a designer pair off the nearest rack and set them on the counter with another two hundred dollars.

"Please, that's not necessary." Jillian shook her head at Leif. Why was this complete stranger determined to give away so much money? Skied like crazy, drove like crazy, and apparently spent like crazy. Cash. Who did that?

"None of it is necessary," Kris said. "I'm sorry if I sounded like I was whining. It's a thing I do. React sometimes without thinking. I'll sort out the boot dilemma." She slid the stack of bills so new they looked like they'd come straight from the Federal Reserve toward the end of the counter, away from Leif and toward Tucker.

Tucker picked up the money and deposited it directly into Leif's hands. "Fit her for the boots she obviously needs, and the sunglasses go home with her friend. If this is not enough, you know where to find me. Try not to have any left over."

He picked up the goggles and left the store.

CHAPTER 2

Don't you dare, Leif," Jillian said. She wouldn't be caught dead in a pair of sunglasses that cost more than her weekly grocery bill. By a lot. That just wasn't her style. Most days she wrangled her mass of black curly hair behind her neck and tried to make sure her shirt didn't come out of the laundry with visible stains. Designer sunglasses. This Tucker guy did not know her.

"I will be back to talk to you about the boots," Kris said to Leif, "on my own terms."

"What am I supposed to do with, um, eight hundred dollars minus the cost of two goggles?" Leif said.

"That's your problem."

"He said you knew where to find him," Jillian said.

Kristina scooped up her deficient boots. "Let's go, Jillian. I have to think about this."

"I can walk home from here," Jillian said. "I just need to grab my bag from your car."

"I'll take you. But first I just want to pop by the shop and make sure there's been no catastrophe."

"Lindy would have called."

"I guess, but I should check. I'll give you a quart or two of double chocolate chip cookie dough to take home, since there probably haven't been any customers anyway."

"Stop being such a pessimist. But I'm not saying no to that offer."

At the Victorium Emporium, Luke was in the front window, on a ladder, unrolling a large poster of a winter scene in a Victorian village.

"I'm a fan of winter," Kris said, "because I love to ski, but those two go overboard."

"Marketing," Jillian said. "The tourists will eat it up. Veronica will sell woodcrafts with a nice little tag saying they are handmade by Leo Dunston out at the Inn at Hidden Run, and maybe next time they'll book at the Inn. Then the tourists will wander up and down the street poking into every shop. It's good for everybody."

"In the summer, I agree with you. At this time of year, the theory is sketchy."

"There's a lot of ski season left."

Kris's shop was next door to the Emporium, but she had to overshoot it to find an open parking spot on the street. Jillian held her tongue and did not point out that the lack of parking should be an indication of brisk business on Main Street despite the weather. They got out and turned back toward Ore the Mountain.

"You and Carolyn should cook up more ideas for selling frozen treats made from her candy," Jillian said. "More than just the hot chocolate."

"Maybe."

"Kris, look."

Tucker, with his tattered backpack over his shoulder, exited the ice cream parlor with a cone.

"Looks like you had at least one customer today," Jillian said.

"That's freaky. He can't have known that was my store."

"I doubt it."

"Where's he going now?"

"What difference does it make? He'll browse like all the tourists do."

"Except he has serious money to spend. Let's follow him."

"Hello, what?" Jillian grabbed Kris's wrist.

Tucker paused outside Ore the Mountain briefly and turned his head in both directions.

Kris threw an arm out and imprisoned Jillian up against the brick wall of the art gallery.

"Hey!"

"I don't want him to see us," Kris said.

"What are we doing, Kris?"

"Aren't you curious?"

"What happened at Catch Air was out of the ordinary, but that doesn't mean I want to take up spying."

"It's not spying."

"You're right. It's bad spying."

"Don't give me that I-don't-care attitude, Jillian. Your entire profession hangs on dogged curiosity."

"And if Tucker Whatshisname hires me, I will be doggedly curious on his behalf. Right now I'm curious about the quart of ice cream you promised me." It couldn't have been more than twenty degrees. Just the thought of eating ice cream outdoors made Jillian's teeth chatter, but it would taste delicious in the warmth of her home.

Tucker moved on to the Emporium window and waved at Luke.

"Do you think they know each other?" Jillian said.

(Continues…)


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Empm1128 7 days ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Split time-line story was a bit confusing at times, but everything tied together at the end. I enjoyed the father-daughter dynamic between Jillian and Nolan. Tucker was an interesting “hero” who didn’t know what to do with all his wealth once he learned the true source. Will everyone be able to save him when he decides to ski a risky trail that hasn’t been used in years? Satisfying conclusion. This is the second entry in the Tree of Life series. I recommend reading the first novel before this one to get a sense of who the cast of characters are.
Soupersally 9 days ago
From the beginning, I was hooked due to several reasons: Skiing in Colorado, genealogy, father-daughter relationship, a mysterious stranger throwing lots of money around, ice cream shop and chocolate shop.  This is the second book in the series Tree of Life and I loved both books but this one really grabbed me.  The stranger in town has a mysterious secret from his past and Jillian (genealogist) wants to help him uncover some of his family tree but runs into difficulty. Her dad, being an attorney and mediator tries to help also by being his friend by skiing the slopes together.  The flashbacks in the past give the details that are shocking to read. The clean romance is nice and moving. This is an excellent book!  It is a true page-turner and it left me thinking about it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
CT-Reader 9 days ago
I really enjoyed "In the Cradle Lies" and found it to be one of those hard-to-put-down books. The time slip story and how it built bit by bit was especially interesting--and that's the part with the biggest mystery. I look forward to reading the next in the series--though I started with this one (#2) and haven't read #1 yet. Even with jumping in without the benefit of the first book, I didn't feel lost. I thought it was a very good story--and with the time-slip story, it's like getting two stories in one! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
floraljoy 10 days ago
The meddlers are back at it: This is the 2nd book in the Tree of Life series and the father/daughter duo are back to their meddling ways! Tucker is new to town; an avid skier but also a man full of secrets and mystery. I however did not feel comfortable with the fact that just because Nolan & Jillian wanted to prevent him from skiing a rather dangerous back-country route that they felt this justified them digging into his family history without his permission. While it turned out that Tucker did need rescuing and that these two were perfectly suited to helping him unravel his family secrets, it was just how it was instigated that didn't sit right with me, especially given that they were Christians. I'd be afraid of meeting this lot in case they felt compelled to snoop into my personal affairs too...not that I have any real family secrets (that I know of)! Overall I enjoyed the intrigue and mystery in this entertaining book. It is good for a quick, lighthearted read. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
knit4snow 10 days ago
This is the second book in the series. I could hardly wait for it to be released. I love reading about family histories. This book has got me wanting to look into my own family history. May 2020 can not get here fast enough for the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SunnieReviews 10 days ago
This book was right up my alley! I'm a genealogist and my husband is a skier. The book is book 2 of the Tree of Life Series. I have read and enjoyed book 1 as well, and can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. I love a book with mystery, romance and activities that I or my family members are involved in, so this was a good choice for this genealogist to read! The genealogist, Jillian, tries to resolve the secret behind Tucker's past. And as a "good" genealogical researcher, she is in everyone's business. I know, that's how it is! But genealogists truly do solve LOTS of mysteries and family relationships. Great book and good reading! I loved the mystery and the resolve. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley no obligation to post a review.
JamieS 10 days ago
A father-daughter genealogy team link present to past on family trees. I almost didn't request this because when my mother in law starts talking genealogy I get lost easily! I hadn't read the first book but this can be read as a stand alone. Enjoyable and interesting. Thank you NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
delsiek51 11 days ago
I found In The Cradle Lies to be a very interesting book. It is a story that makes you want to just keep on reading, to know the answer to a huge mystery in Tucker's family history. I love that the answer is found in a letter left by Tucker's grandfather Matthew. Genealogy also helped to find lost family members, bringing closure to many. It was special for Tucker to know his biological family on his mother's side. In The Cradle Lies is also a story of forgiveness, a choice freely given to mend family relationships. It is based on historical happenings; children were stolen and then adopted to other families. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
rhondaryser 11 days ago
I found In The Cradle Lies to be captivating from beginning to end. The second in the Tree of Life series is just as interesting as the first; The Inn At Hidden Run. The story line includes searching the genealogy of a visitor to their historic town. The characters are interesting people who I would like to meet and be friends. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, history, and adventure. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
FHlady 11 days ago
I loved the first book in this series, The Inn at Hidden Run, and did not think the second could be as good. It definitely was. As a genealogist myself, the genealogy theme in this novel was once again incredibly well done. Along with mystery and a touch of romance, I couldn't put this book down. The sins of those before us can definitely carry over into present day as Tucker felt the burden of what his grandfather, Matthew, kept hidden and passed on to Tucker. With the help of Jillian and her father, Nolan, Tucker learned the past of his family, found a solution that would be just, and gained peace from the devastating discoveries of his family's past. I am impatiently waiting for the next book, When I Meet You, that will be released May 2020. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Shiloh Run Press through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
FHlady 11 days ago
I loved the first book in this series, The Inn at Hidden Run, and did not think the second could be as good. It definitely was. As a genealogist myself, the genealogy theme in this novel was once again incredibly well done. Along with mystery and a touch of romance, I couldn't put this book down. The sins of those before us can definitely carry over into present day as Tucker felt the burden of what his grandfather, Matthew, kept hidden and passed on to Tucker. With the help of Jillian and her father, Nolan, Tucker learned the past of his family, found a solution that would be just, and gained peace from the devastating discoveries of his family's past. I am impatiently waiting for the next book, When I Meet You, that will be released May 2020. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Shiloh Run Press through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Ndfin 2 days ago
Tucker shows up in Canyon Mines, CO as a skiing dare devil. He spends money crazily and makes sure his old backpack never leaves his side. While there, he meets and connects with Kris, the owner of the local ice cream shop, Ore The Mountain, who joins him in his crazy skiing escapades and looking for Hidden Run, a local hidden, overgrown ski run. Kris' best friend, Jillian is a genealogist and wonders why he takes so many reckless chances, so she starts researching his background. There is much to uncover and then Laurie Beth, Tucker's fiancé shows up! Will they be able to stop Tucker from skiing Hidden Run? What secrets will Jillian find out about Tucker's family? I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Momof9Kids 2 days ago
In The Cradle Lies is Book 2 in the Tree of Life Series which began with The Inn At Hidden Run. All my favorite characters have returned, and the person of interest is Tucker Kintzler who has come to Canyon Mines for a ski trip. Nolan, Jillian, and Kris become involved with him when they become aware of how reckless he is being on the slopes and how lavishly he is spending his money. Given the nature of her profession, Jillian wastes no time in starting a genealogical search on Tucker’s family to see if she can gain any insight about him. Nolan and Kris befriend him on the ski slopes and they all quickly become friends. The more they get to know Tucker, the more questions they have about him and why he came to Canyon Mines. What is it that drives him to want to challenge himself again and again on the slopes and why is he so obsessed with skiing Hidden Run? Hidden Run is an abandoned ski run that was deemed so dangerous that no one has skied there in decades. Why is he spending money at such an alarming rate? Will “Team Tucker” be able to piece together the secrets lurking in Tucker’s past in time to prevent him from attempting Hidden Run? (And speaking of secrets, Jillian is discovering that Nolan has a few “family” secrets of his own.) Everyone is surprised when Tucker’s fiancé shows up in Canyon Mines looking for him…he never mentioned her to anyone. Where is Tucker and why isn’t he answering any of their calls? Will they be able to find him before he does something both foolish and dangerous…ski Hidden Run in a snowstorm. I can’t tell you anymore but I love the layers that are peeled back as this story unfolds!! I also love how faith plays such an important role in the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Teadrinker 2 days ago
Tucker is on the run from some family secrets--and to a ski destination to think about skiing and finding a historic ski slope called Hidden Run that hasn't been a working ski run in many years. Can Tucker find the long-ago used ski slope and ski it while he is staying Canyon Mines? Can he forget his family history for a few days so he doesn't have to think about the last words of his grandfather who recently passed away? In The Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport tells both Tucker's story and his grandfather's history through a dual timeline. I did enjoy The Inn at Hidden Run, the first book in the Tree of Life series. However, I think In the Cradle Lies was even better than the first one. This story kept me turning pages to find out more of Tucker's background and to find out what happened to Tucker to cause him to be such a reckless spender and skier. Not only that but there was one surprise that I wouldn't have seen coming except it was alluded to on the back of the book. I didn't really like the Tucker that was struggling with some issues but I did like the guy who faced his struggles and wasn't normally reckless. I didn't like his great grandfather Judd or Judd's choices throughout the book, but I liked that his grandfather stood up to him even though he felt bound to do things a certain way. I could understand why he made the choices he did. I also liked that there were secondary struggles faced in Jillian and Nolan's family. I think this series is so good in that it reminds us that every family has some challenges and sins from the past that likely affect future generations. I also thought it was realistic in that it showed that the reactions we have to those sins can affect others today and we need to be responsible for what we do with what we know to make good choices. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series. When I Meet You releases in May of 2020 but there is a brief preview at the end of In the Cradle Lies. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Wanda_M 3 days ago
Outstanding plot! Remarkable characters! Amazing opening! I love it when there are a lot of questions. That helps the reader with inquistive minds to wonder and want to find answers to all of those questions. What could be behind the door? Why isn't anyone allowed back there? Will the locked door be opened, and by whom? Will curiosity lead to trouble? If so, what will happen next, or could it lead to a family secret? How far back will it go? IN THE CRADLE LIES, by Olivia Newport, holds so many questions that need answers! At first I didn't know or realize where the title of this story would lead me; all I knew was that I was headed into a mystery filled with suspense. I loved this story. This ancestral suspenseful discovery opened in a mysterous adventure that led the way into time travel that went back to, Near St. Louis, Missouri, to the year 1936, which was intriguing. As I read, my interest grew along with the intrigue. I also liked the way the plot thickened as I delved deeper into the story and pictured the way the ancestry could be revealed. Olivia Newport weaved together a wonderful read that I would gladly recommend for anyone, especially those interested in ancestry!! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
MelissaGH 3 days ago
Skiing, genealogy, mystery, family secrets and more. Good read. I enjoy stories by Olivia Newport. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.
BrendaLee 4 days ago
On the ski slopes there is a slope that the character Tucker wants to try. Even though he’s been told it’s a dangerous thing to do, Tucker doesn’t take advice. Jillian tried to find out the truth behind Tucker’s ways. Will they find Tucker in time when they think he’s on the slope that hasn’t been used in a long time? I liked the little bit of mystery that surrounds Tucker. I couldn’t help but like him for helping people. A little romance, a little mystery and the situation with Jillian’s Uncle makes for an interesting story. Oh and I loved the little ski town Canyon Mines, Colorado. I have always wanted to visit Colorado so the location was interesting to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are my own.
Librarycataloger 4 days ago
Canyon Mills, Colorado is a ski town and it is also the home of Jillian Parisi- Duffy and her father Nolan Duffy, the daughter/father team that we first met in The Inn at Hidden Run. Once again, they become involved in a search to uncover the past and this time the family tree being researched belongs to Tucker Kintzler, a visiting businessman who is determined to ski the old and abandonded Hidden Run ski run, despite the dangers that this might offer. In the Cradle Lies is a dual-time novel that alternates between present day Colorado and St. Louis, Missouri in 1936 and a little four-year old boy named MatthewTucker. As we alternate beneath the past and the present, we learn that Matthew was Tucker Kintzler's grandfather and Tucker's past wasn't quite as he suggests that it was. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32 KJV This is the second book in Olivia Newport's Tree of Life series and the author shares a moving story of a family's need to hide their true family story. Even as Jillian and Nolan's genealogy search sheds light on a shame from the past, there is also hope for the present and future. I was especially touched by Matthew's story and the lingering effects of deception. Many generations can suffer from the actions of the past! I am a fan of dual-time stories and I enjoy Christian fiction and In the Cradle Lies is the perfect book to satisfy both of these favorites! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
ChatWithVera 4 days ago
This is an interesting story and the plot thickened early into it giving glimpses into the depth of tragic events families had experienced historically. Involving two main families one of which has a time-slip, generational, back and forth story line, you get to meet some good folks with life-in-the-mundane experiences. And they also have a lively love of each other existence. First of all, the central gathering place seems to be one of two - the Hidden Inn Bread and Breakfast and the local Ore the Mountain ice cream parlor. It seems most, if not all, of the characters frequent the ice cream parlor for favorite scopes or hot chocolate more than coffee shops such as StarBucks. Honestly, I was craving a scope of chocolate myself about 1/3 of the my way into the book. Rich boy comes to town and starts spending or giving away cash like it grows on trees and he carries a mysterious old beat-up backpack. He is truly a mystery and is key to discovering the deep hidden plot that is thread through this second installment in the Tree of Life Series by Olivia Newport. A light read without too much heart break and a sweet spot of romance sandwiched between all those scopes of ice cream. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.
Emma 4 days ago
In the Cradle Lies by by Olivia Newport Book 2 in the Tree of Life Series 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. A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees 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. This is Jillian Parisi-Duffy and Nolan's story. Tucker Kintzler and his deceased grandfather, Matthew Ryder's story. Jillian is a genealogist. her father Nolan is a lawyer. Tucker is throwing money around and looking to ski a very dangerous slope, Hidden Run. Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, along with their friends, befriend Tucker hoping to urge him from skiing the dangerous slope.and his grandfather He was also given a mystery envelope that reveals surprising dark secrets from his family's history. Jillian Parisi-Duffy was of firm enough character to defend her choice regardless of the criticism, and she had faced plenty. First, from her father before she left the house that morning. “If you plan to spend most of your time sitting in the lodge with a book, at least take a novel.” “Bye, Dad,” was all she said as she shoved her choice in her bag and went out the front door to meet Kristina Bryant in her idling sedan. “Hi, Dad. What are you doing here? Finished working?” “I might ask what you are doing,” Nolan Duffy said. “Skulking down Main Street? Meeting for secret handoffs?” “Not technically. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him. But I know his name is Tucker Kintzler, and he’s from Missouri, possibly St. Louis. He’s staying at the Inn at Hidden Run. In the Cradle Lies by by Olivia Newport is a 4 star book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. more books by Olivia Tree of Life 1. The Inn at Hidden Run 2. In the Cradle Lies 3. When I Meet You Amish Turns of Time 1. Wonderful Lonesome 2. Meek and Mild 3. Brightest and Best 4. Hope in the Land 5. Gladden the Heart Amish Turns of Time Trilogy
MEPinkham 5 days ago
In this second of the Tree of Life series, returning characters Jillian, a genealogist, and her dad Nolan, a lawyer, lend aid to yet another visitor to their Colorado town. Olivia Newport deftly weaves tales of yesterday with present time, as Tucker works through issues from the past that impact his life and decisions. Part mystery, part history, this intriguing story will keep your attention all the way through as Tucker's family histoy unravels, with the help of Jillian and Nolan. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All thoughts are my own.
Thimbleluvr 5 days ago
"In the Cradle Lies" is the second book in Olivia Newport's "Tree of Life" series. I have not read the first in the series, "The Inn at Hidden Run," so there are probably small details that I don't have. However, I didn't feel like I was missing out on important elements. I think some of the characters were probably better developed in the first book, but since these don't play major roles in this story, it works. The book takes place in Canyon Mines, Colorado. Jillian is a professional genealogist. Her father, Nolan, is a lawyer. They are introduced to a new stranger in town for a ski vacation. Tucker is an adrenaline junkie looking for the thrill of skiing the most difficult runs. He has heard about Hidden Run and comes to the area to figure out this secret location and ski a run that hasn't been operated for years. Tucker's recently deceased grandfather appears in flashback chapters. His storyline plays a pivotal role in Tucker's actions and the two plots come together in a semi-surprising twist at the climax. (I was able to predict the plot twist after having recently learned about Georgia Tann and her child trafficking.) As usual when I read an Olivia Newport book, I found this one hard to put down and engaging. It works as a stand-alone read even though it is part of a larger series. I look forward to future additions to the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Janet55 6 days ago
Cradle of Lies is the second installment in the Tree of Life series. It can be read as a stand alone but the reader will better understand the characters by reading book one. This 255 page book is an easy read that is a little bit mystery. Follow along with Jillian, a genealogist and her father Nolan, who is a lawyer. The pair meet Tucker Kintzler who is new to town and throws around large amounts of cash and carries a sealed letter he received from his grandfather after his death that has remained unopened. This book is just too good to share too many details as I don't want to put out any spoilers. Will this letter Tucker has when opened share secrets of the past? Secrets that can have a profound effect on family members many years later? Read this delicious and captivating tale from beloved author Olivia Newport. Waiting for book three to appear on shelves is going to be difficult! A five star rating for this book!! I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
tillyd1 7 days ago
In the Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport Tree of Life Book 2 Paperback, 256 pages Published: November 1, 2019 ISBN: 1683229959 Shiloh Run Press Reviewed by: T.H. AR, USA This is a mysterious, family genealogy book that is centered in Canyon Mines, Colorado. A newcomer to town, Tucker is spending huge amounts of cash, that sets the entire town up to investigating his purpose in town, other than to race downhill on all the winter ski runs. Jillian is a genealogist who lives with her father and works from home. She and her father and friends are trying to convince Tucker NOT to run the Hidden Run abandoned ski run. He won't listen and they try new ways to get him to see reason. Great story, I have not read Tree of Life, Book 1 and had no difficulty jumping in at Book 2. Very well done stand-alone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Shiloh Run Press and Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. In the Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport Tree of Life Book 2 Paperback, 256 pages Published: November 1, 2019 ISBN: 1683229959 Shiloh Run Press Reviewed by: T.H. AR, USA
AndreaBy 12 days ago
This one starts up with a man named Tucker buying items for Kristi and Jillian, and expensive ones at that. An avid skier, he wants Kristi to ski with him….his ultimate goal, Hidden Creek, which was closed over 50 years before. This story takes us back to Tucker’s great grandpa and grandpa (1940’s/50’s in Missouri). Jillian starts digging around for public information about Tucker and his company, but Nolan and Kristi are tasked with trying to dissuade Tucker from that old ski run, which was dangerous enough in its day. The backstory (history part) is very intriguing and adds great depth to the here and now we are seeing with Tucker, we just don’t know the full story until near the end. Very engaging story and another great addition to this series! I can’t wait to see what the 3rd book has in store for us! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.