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Review and Giveaway: In the Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport December 5, 2019

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About the Book

Book:  In the Cradle Lies

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Date: November, 2019

In-the-Craddel-Lies-197x300.jpgBook 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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About the Author

Olivia-Newport-201x300.jpgOlivia 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.


More from Olivia

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.

My thoughts:

I loved the setting of this book, the chilly mountains. Even though I don’t ski I find it interesting that other people do. I could identify with Jillian wanting to play it safe and not wanting to ski.

I also enjoyed the chapters that went into the past, I wanted to get back to that part of the story. I found that mystery behind what was going on between Nolan and Patrick interesting as well.

With that being said I really didn’t like the book overall. There were a lot of things that didn’t add up. Jillian and Kris’s interest in Tucker happens really fast and how Jillian’s dad gets really friendly with him from the get go and their concern with him and Hidden run and Tucker just starts inviting people to ski with him, all of it seemed contrived to me, not realistic.

Jillian researching the genealogy took a long time to get to as well, even though that is kind of the backbone of this series, at least that is what I thought.

One other thing that made me scratch my head was how Nolan (Jillian’s dad) said “I shall…” often. I don’t know anyone who talks like that. I thought maybe I was missing context and he was being silly, which maybe that was the author intent but wasn’t said with a wink and a bow, which is how I would play that off if I was being silly by saying, “I shall go make dinner,” or something like that. It just felt weird to me.

This was the first book I have read by Olivia so this might be her style. Other people seem to really enjoy the book, I am the odd one, so obviously, it this sounds like something you might enjoy give it try, I am only expressing my opinion.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 


6 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: In the Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport”

  1. Rita Wray Says:

    Sounds like a good book.

  2. anxious58 Says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  3. Debbie P Says:

    This sounds like a great and very intriguing read.

  4. Melissa W Says:

    Looking forward to this wintry read!

  5. I really like the cover and the description of the book.

  6. Maryann Says:

    The story line sounds interesting and this would be a good winter read.

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