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A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees   When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy fil A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees   When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillian’s patience wears thin. Besides, everyone in Canyon Mines knows the Crowder family has experienced generations of brokenness. Then a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, challenging shrouded assumptions about Tisha’s family. Now Jillian is the one who can walk with Tisha back to 1893 and uncover where everything went wrong in the first place—and save her from the past.    What You Said to Me is the fourth 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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A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees   When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy fil A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees   When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillian’s patience wears thin. Besides, everyone in Canyon Mines knows the Crowder family has experienced generations of brokenness. Then a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, challenging shrouded assumptions about Tisha’s family. Now Jillian is the one who can walk with Tisha back to 1893 and uncover where everything went wrong in the first place—and save her from the past.    What You Said to Me is the fourth 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.  

30 review for What You Said to Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I adore hanging out with these believable, fun characters. I also enjoyed the time slip style in which this is written. Nolan is an Attorney-mediator in Denver who values his daughter and has discovered his love of cooking. His daughter Jillian is a genealogist. I found it fascinating at how Jillian uses her genealogy skills to uncover family secrets and get to the bottom of a few mysteries. I have read two books in this fun-loving series; each story can be read as a standalone but to get a rich I adore hanging out with these believable, fun characters. I also enjoyed the time slip style in which this is written. Nolan is an Attorney-mediator in Denver who values his daughter and has discovered his love of cooking. His daughter Jillian is a genealogist. I found it fascinating at how Jillian uses her genealogy skills to uncover family secrets and get to the bottom of a few mysteries. I have read two books in this fun-loving series; each story can be read as a standalone but to get a richer experience I recommend reading them all. This novel focuses on 15-year-old Tisha who finds herself in trouble with the law and needs to gain some community service hours. Nolan finds help for his daughter’s big project at a reasonable price (free) it just included a little drama. Jillian’s first impressions of Tisha! “…she could see the figure on the porch. A teenage girl with bright pink hair, ripped cut-off shorts, and twigs for legs met Nolan’s exuberant greeting with a deadpan expression of a comedic straight man. This was help?” A little drama? Jillian could only think this girl spelled trouble; she didn’t have time for this. The author seamless inserts flash backs from 1893 Denver during an economic recession which had the mining industry in Denver collapse. Clifford desperately tries to help the miners and navigate his own struggle for survival. I liked how this author weaves an intriguing story in both timelines, keeping you guessing how (and/or if) these two timelines would intersect. In sorting out paperwork for Jillian, Tisha uncovers a family secret that affects her personally. Trisha Crowder tries to make sense of it all. She has just uncovered something that just might lead her to the answers she has been seeking about her “roots”. Where did she come from? Who where her family? It is amazing and delightful how these two stories lines come together. I was surprised! This is a heartfelt story set in a charming town in the Rocky Mountains. I enjoyed the rich characters, how they sort out their feelings as they bloom and grow in their discoveries, that affect their family tree. I look forward to reading the next book. This is a story that would work well for your next book club pick. There is so much to talk about. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    As soon as Tisha entered the scene and Jillian had to deal with a delinquent teen, I knew this was going to be a good story. Tisha’s story was so great. I could really feel the loneliness and discouragement of that teen as she tried to maneuver her life practically alone, and I loved how Nolan and Jillian invested into her life. I’m still appreciating the level of romance in these books. Yes, Jillian now has a boyfriend, but it’s not the theme of the book. Her genealogy work and the dual timeline As soon as Tisha entered the scene and Jillian had to deal with a delinquent teen, I knew this was going to be a good story. Tisha’s story was so great. I could really feel the loneliness and discouragement of that teen as she tried to maneuver her life practically alone, and I loved how Nolan and Jillian invested into her life. I’m still appreciating the level of romance in these books. Yes, Jillian now has a boyfriend, but it’s not the theme of the book. Her genealogy work and the dual timeline going with the genealogy mystery is still on the forefront. As far as romance goes, there was basically a kiss or two. The spiritual content was very thin in this one. A couple of verses were quoted, primarily in the historical setting, but really God didn’t seem to be brought into the lives of the characters that much. I personally think it would have made this book so much deeper if Nolan and Jillian had an outspoken Christian standing. I was a little sad that Jillian’s Parisi story didn’t fully come out. Also, this book left a few loose ends which, yes, is real life. But I would have preferred a few more conclusions. *I received this book from Celebrate Lit and happily provided my honest review*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    In this fourth installment of the Tree of Life series I can say it was my favorite. I love that Jillian and Nolan are so real with their imperfections and Jillian fascinates me with her genealogy research. Ms, Newport flawlessly blends the past into the present and ties it all up with a bow to present it as a gift to the reader. I enjoy learning and the historical aspect of the silver mines and how silver collapsed was fascinating but absorbed me in and had me teary eyed at the devastation to fa In this fourth installment of the Tree of Life series I can say it was my favorite. I love that Jillian and Nolan are so real with their imperfections and Jillian fascinates me with her genealogy research. Ms, Newport flawlessly blends the past into the present and ties it all up with a bow to present it as a gift to the reader. I enjoy learning and the historical aspect of the silver mines and how silver collapsed was fascinating but absorbed me in and had me teary eyed at the devastation to families this caused. Tisha was s a brilliant addition to this book and her storyline showed how descendants can hand down bitterness and unforgiveness through generations. I don’t want to say more as I don’t want to spoil the storyline but let me just say it was fascinating how someone taking an interest can begin to turn the tides. I hated to come to the end as I definitely wanted to stay in this small town. This series would make a wonderful gift package. I received a complimentary copy from CelebrateLit. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    Wow! Wow was what I said when I finished reading this book. WOW!!! I really don't know where to start from but it's been a while I read a book that touched deep into my heart. It gripped places in my heart I didn't even know existed. Touching, comforting and life changing. Truths embedded deep into the fabric of the story that could not be ignored. Wrongs made right, truths revealed and peace found. I loved this book in it's entirety. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my Wow! Wow was what I said when I finished reading this book. WOW!!! I really don't know where to start from but it's been a while I read a book that touched deep into my heart. It gripped places in my heart I didn't even know existed. Touching, comforting and life changing. Truths embedded deep into the fabric of the story that could not be ignored. Wrongs made right, truths revealed and peace found. I loved this book in it's entirety. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    A thoroughly enjoyable read! In fact, I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning to finish this one—something I haven’t done in a long time. I loved that the story was centered on relationships, and not only the romantic kind. It was a beautiful weaving of past and present, a look at how one person’s bitterness can affect generations, while each generation has the choice to let it continue, or to say “it stops with me”. I will admit that it was slow in places, and I had hoped for a more sewn up endin A thoroughly enjoyable read! In fact, I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning to finish this one—something I haven’t done in a long time. I loved that the story was centered on relationships, and not only the romantic kind. It was a beautiful weaving of past and present, a look at how one person’s bitterness can affect generations, while each generation has the choice to let it continue, or to say “it stops with me”. I will admit that it was slow in places, and I had hoped for a more sewn up ending, but the more I have reflected on it, the more I realize how REAL it all felt having been written the way that it was. I hope that the series continues. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Reluctant as I am to say goodbye to the quirky, heartfelt world that Olivia Newport has created, her Tree of Life series is one that I will remember and cherish. I would highly recommend reading the books in order because although the plots are different in each, the character trajectories form an ongoing narrative that is otherwise disrupted. The small town of Canyon Mines seems reminiscent of Stars Hollow (of “Gilmore Girls” fame), and I so enjoy spending time there amongst the shopkeepers and Reluctant as I am to say goodbye to the quirky, heartfelt world that Olivia Newport has created, her Tree of Life series is one that I will remember and cherish. I would highly recommend reading the books in order because although the plots are different in each, the character trajectories form an ongoing narrative that is otherwise disrupted. The small town of Canyon Mines seems reminiscent of Stars Hollow (of “Gilmore Girls” fame), and I so enjoy spending time there amongst the shopkeepers and other townspeople. It is the perfect blend of modern with an old-fashioned touch, matching the dual-timeline that each book features. The fourth and final book in this delightful series, “What You Said to Me”, takes a bit of a different track than the previous three. The mystery is intentionally not really a secret, and is apparent early on; in most cases, this would ruin the book for me and cause me to lose interest, but Newport creates enough conflict in the present day to ensure an intriguing tale. Prior to this, I was relatively unaware of the 1893 recession and the collapse of the silver mining industry, and reading about how devastating this was for the people of just one town in Colorado alone is heartrending. Even though the Brandt family is fictional, the historical backdrop is not, and considering what our country has been through in 2020, it is easier to empathize with them. Contemporary issues intersect with those of the past century in the form of an angry, lost teenager named Tisha Crowder. Beneath her bad attitude and lack of motivation lies the root of a generations-old bitterness, one that can be eradicated only by love and healing. Her story is a keen reminder to look beyond what we can see and to acknowledge that everyone is struggling with something, that bad attitudes and bad behavior have a reason that needs to be explored with patience, love, and understanding regardless of age. When we make way for God to move in us and through us, miracles happen! Throughout the Tree of Life series, my favorite character has been Nolan. I relate more to Jillian’s character, from her introversion to her fascination with genealogy and history, but I love her dad’s ability to assess a situation and recognize what people need in order to come to reconciliation, and to then act as mediator. While Nolan is obviously human and therefore not perfect, he serves as a subtle yet powerful reminder that Christ is our true mediator, dying for our sins and bringing us back into a right relationship with God if we accept this priceless gift. Our attitude matters, and our words matter. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Choose life. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    What a beautiful finish to the Tree of Life series! This book is the 4th book in the series and while the story stands alone, it does tie up a few things from the prior books, so this series is best read in order. This book once again follows father/daughter duo Nolan and Jillian Duffy as they use their skills as a mediator and genealogist (respectively) to help someone who needed it. In this book, it's 15 year old Tisha Crowder, whose shoplifting got her into mediation (enter Nolan) whose idea What a beautiful finish to the Tree of Life series! This book is the 4th book in the series and while the story stands alone, it does tie up a few things from the prior books, so this series is best read in order. This book once again follows father/daughter duo Nolan and Jillian Duffy as they use their skills as a mediator and genealogist (respectively) to help someone who needed it. In this book, it's 15 year old Tisha Crowder, whose shoplifting got her into mediation (enter Nolan) whose idea was an alternative sentencing of community service, i.e. helping Jillian with a massive genealogical project. As with the other books, this book was full of likable characters, a charming small town in the Rocky Mountains and vast character development and growth. And it was good to catch up with some of the side characters from the prior books (we were only missing Meri!) Like the others, this one was a dual timeline connecting the families across the generations to bring about Tisha's full story. The historical timeline followed Clifford Brandt and his family in 1893. It was during that time that the value of silver plummeted leaving thousands of miners and mine owners (such as Clifford) without income or job prospects. This was a part of history that I had never heard, probably because I grew up in the midwest. The historical element was enlightening and really tied the modern timeline together as well. This one brought out all of the feelings for me. I found myself laughing at the banter. I found myself crying at the rejections and also at the emotional healing that took place. All in all, this was a fabulous book that I can't recommend enough. While I'm sad to say good-bye to the town of Canyon Mines and my favorite father/daughter team there, I'm hoping the author will bring them back in other books later down the line. I will definitely be reading more by Ms. Newport! Special thanks to the author and publisher for providing an advanced copy of this book. I was not obligated to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carol R.

    Olivia Newport presents the fourth installment in her Tree of Life series, featuring a father-daughter team (Nolan and Jillian Duffy) who uncover links in family trees to family stories in the present. In What You Said To Me, troubled fifteen year old Tisha Crowder is ordered by the court to help attorney Nolan and genealogist Jillian (an alternative sentencing for a shoplifting offense). Can they help her -- through this community service -- to understand why she makes the choices she does? Will Olivia Newport presents the fourth installment in her Tree of Life series, featuring a father-daughter team (Nolan and Jillian Duffy) who uncover links in family trees to family stories in the present. In What You Said To Me, troubled fifteen year old Tisha Crowder is ordered by the court to help attorney Nolan and genealogist Jillian (an alternative sentencing for a shoplifting offense). Can they help her -- through this community service -- to understand why she makes the choices she does? Will she be able to let the past go and reshape her future? Newport writes a dual timeline (1893 and the present) with alternating points of view. Initially the reader may be confused as to why the Brandt family’s past plays a role in the Crowder family’s present, but all is revealed at the conclusion of the novel. The storyline of illegal adoptions Jillian is researching started in the earlier book, and is not resolved at this book’s conclusion. Hopefully this will be addressed in her next book. The central theme is the role of words spoken and the impact it has on the hearer’s life, whether those words were upbuilding or destructive. In this story, the hearer passes down from one generation to the next the negative impact like a family legacy. Many of the women blame the men, rightly or wrongly, for the family’s misfortunes, especially those caused by economic downturns. The women taught the next generation to distrust men, passing along their own bitterness, and making decisions that caused their dysfunctional family. Tisha wants more than what they have experienced. While the book can be read as a standalone, it is pleasant to revisit characters from the earlier books. What You Said To Me is both a historical and contemporary novel. It is more a mystery than a suspense novel. The faith element is not heavy-handed but is evident.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953

    What you said to me is Book 4 in the Tree of Life Series. I haven’t read all of the books in this series but I didn’t have any problems reading this one as a stand alone. Nolan is a lawyer who lives with his daughter Jillian, a genealogist. I love Jillian’s job and has so much fun following her on her research throughout this story. Things got somewhat tense when her dad, Nolan decides to help a teenager, Tisha Crowder after she gets in trouble for shoplifting. I enjoyed this story so much, and I What you said to me is Book 4 in the Tree of Life Series. I haven’t read all of the books in this series but I didn’t have any problems reading this one as a stand alone. Nolan is a lawyer who lives with his daughter Jillian, a genealogist. I love Jillian’s job and has so much fun following her on her research throughout this story. Things got somewhat tense when her dad, Nolan decides to help a teenager, Tisha Crowder after she gets in trouble for shoplifting. I enjoyed this story so much, and I love that it is split-time, going back and forth from 1893 to the present. I always find it so interesting that two different stories can be so much alike, as it us here. I really felt bad for Tisha, even with her attitude. I hurt for her because of the troubled live life she was in. There is so much going on in this story. I wanted the story to keep going so I could experience more of Jullian’s interesting job. Olivia Newport does an amazing job with her characters, and I enjoyed watching them as they grew throughout the story. I will sure go back and read the previous books just in case she writes another one in this series. As you can see I throughly enjoyed this book. If you enjoy historical stories, stories that are split-time, generations from current to back in time, have an interest in genealogy, I highly recommend this book to you. You won’t be able to put it down until the end! Ehat You Said to Me is a solid Five Stars for me A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    I really was sorry to see this wonderful series end. Nolan and Jillian Duffy, a father daughter team, combine a lawyer and a professional genealogist together to assist others with family history connections. Set in a small town with helpful neighbors and business owners, Jillian often has assignments from all over the country. Since I am a genealogy addict, I have found this series very interesting. It is best read in order as there are some connections from one book to the next. It was nice to I really was sorry to see this wonderful series end. Nolan and Jillian Duffy, a father daughter team, combine a lawyer and a professional genealogist together to assist others with family history connections. Set in a small town with helpful neighbors and business owners, Jillian often has assignments from all over the country. Since I am a genealogy addict, I have found this series very interesting. It is best read in order as there are some connections from one book to the next. It was nice to see some of the characters from the previous three books make appearances in this one. In this last book, Nolan finds himself with a 15 year old girl who has been caught shoplifting and has to complete community service hours to have her record expunged. Jillian is swamped with a large project that deals with children who were placed illegally with adoptive parents. So Nolan sets Tisha Crowder up to be Jillian's assistant. Tisha has a rough background living with mom, grandmother, and great grandmother who have all had rough experiences with men; and she wants to know about her father who her mom won't discuss. This brings in the dual timeline as Jillian and Nolan work to put the pieces of history back together. If you are interested in genalogy, this dual timeline novel is an excellent read. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    History is one of my favorite things. I liked it in school, and I still like it now. This year especially I have been interested in the human race and it's genealogical record. Very interesting especially as we dig deeper and see how closely related we all really are. In this story we have a dual timeline, one that happened a long time ago that is still affecting the current generation of the family. It deals with and ask such questions as when and why can we not let things go? What changes us s History is one of my favorite things. I liked it in school, and I still like it now. This year especially I have been interested in the human race and it's genealogical record. Very interesting especially as we dig deeper and see how closely related we all really are. In this story we have a dual timeline, one that happened a long time ago that is still affecting the current generation of the family. It deals with and ask such questions as when and why can we not let things go? What changes us so much that we nurture the bitterness that takes root instead of our loved ones? This was a poignant look at one family who experienced hard times and the father had to make some tough decisions. Life can change on a dime, and I think this year shows enough proof of it. But the real question is, how do we respond? Do we adapt and pick ourselves up so to speak, or do we hold on to bitterness and our own selfish desires? Sin, bad choices, etc. are never one sided and only affect the sinner. No. Sometimes that can be carried through generations and this was a story that explores such roots. This was a story that will stick with me for a long time as it caused some deep introspection of my own. And Nolan and Jillian helps us through this story as well. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    What You Said to Me is a delightful addition to Olivia Newport's Tree of Life series. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a stand-alone book. Readers may want to read the previous three books for further background on the main characters. Genealogist Jillian and her lawyer/mediator father encounter a troubled teenager with a ton of family baggage that definitely needs unloading. As Tisha’s story unfolds, readers are also treated to a dual time story--one of my favorite types of st What You Said to Me is a delightful addition to Olivia Newport's Tree of Life series. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a stand-alone book. Readers may want to read the previous three books for further background on the main characters. Genealogist Jillian and her lawyer/mediator father encounter a troubled teenager with a ton of family baggage that definitely needs unloading. As Tisha’s story unfolds, readers are also treated to a dual time story--one of my favorite types of stories. This historical drama tells of the crash of the silver mining industry in 1890s Colorado and the devastating aftermath to individuals and families involved. The dual timeline flows seamlessly and the stories finally mesh together beautifully at the end bringing a satisfactory conclusion to the story. The author has constructed strong vibrant characters that capture the reader’s heart and a small-town feel to the story with the quirkiness that comes from people knowing all about each other. The dual time stories move quickly and are full of emotional tension and drama. I liked the casual flow of prose, with descriptive detail and a tad of humor that makes the reader feel right at home. Readers who enjoy historical fiction and split-time stories will not want to miss What You Said to Me. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required, and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    They don't need each other...or do they? I started reading the Tree Of Life series because I enjoy genealogy. Sometimes my long dead ancestors seem closer than my living distant cousins. I think, for me at least, What You Said To Me was the most emotionally involving book in the series. While I didn't have as much sympathy for Tisha as I probably should have, I felt Olivia Newport's portrayal of her as a troubled teen with an attitude was spot on. After awhile, though, she kinda slowly grew on me They don't need each other...or do they? I started reading the Tree Of Life series because I enjoy genealogy. Sometimes my long dead ancestors seem closer than my living distant cousins. I think, for me at least, What You Said To Me was the most emotionally involving book in the series. While I didn't have as much sympathy for Tisha as I probably should have, I felt Olivia Newport's portrayal of her as a troubled teen with an attitude was spot on. After awhile, though, she kinda slowly grew on me. I think that if we are truly honest we can each see a least a little of ourselves in several of Olivia Newport's more difficult characters, and it isn't the most flattering picture. But it is a convicting reminder to guard our thoughts from bitterness and our words from spitefulness. Words are very powerful things, they cannot be unsaid once spoken aloud, and if there's one thing that sticks with me from What You Said To Me it's that what we say leaves a long lasting impression on those who hear, and, for good or ill, will in turn be our legacy. Seriousness aside, I did enjoy this fourth book in the Tree Of Life series. I was glad that continued a couple of the story arcs from previous books. I sincerely hope there will be a book five and I really look forward to reading should it be released. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hodgkins

    What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport is a continuation of the Tree of Life series which began with The Inn at Hidden Run. Genealogist, Jillian and family lawyer, Nolan are the narrators and the delightful father-daughter duo, once again, lead us through the story. As in the first three books, the split-narrative highlights the effect context can have on who we become and what we believe about ourselves and our family. The historical story is set in 1893 as the silver market collapses, as such i What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport is a continuation of the Tree of Life series which began with The Inn at Hidden Run. Genealogist, Jillian and family lawyer, Nolan are the narrators and the delightful father-daughter duo, once again, lead us through the story. As in the first three books, the split-narrative highlights the effect context can have on who we become and what we believe about ourselves and our family. The historical story is set in 1893 as the silver market collapses, as such it is a sad part of the book. The pain shared in these chapters have a purpose in the present day characters’ journey but it’s not for the faint-hearted. Nolan, through his legal work, encounters a troubled teen, Tisha, who needs a place to work her community service hours. Knowing Jillian is swamped, he volunteers her office as the place for Tish to get this part of her sentencing behind her. Disruptive, rude and disinterested, Tish sets Jillian on edge and the two clash from the outset. The first part of the book, in which Tish is being a painful teenager is well done by the author, you really feel Jillian’s pain! Working to understand Tisha’s destructive and distrustful behaviour, Jillian and Nolan dig into her history and bring the two stories together. To share more would be to give away the twists in the tale. Small town life brings a joyful and fun element to the story. Jillian and Nolan are a delight and it was lovely to see other great characters in the novel again. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s a four out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debora Wilder

    This is a fantastic duel-time novel. At the beginning of the book I was very frustrated with Tisha and her attitude. I completely related with Jillian on how she viewed her. As the story progressed I found that I was able to connect with Tisha also. I loved the historical sections of this book. I felt so bad for Clifford Brandt and his daughter Missouri. I never knew anything about the silver mining in Colorado and how it ended. Now I am very curious and want to look into the history of 1893. Throu This is a fantastic duel-time novel. At the beginning of the book I was very frustrated with Tisha and her attitude. I completely related with Jillian on how she viewed her. As the story progressed I found that I was able to connect with Tisha also. I loved the historical sections of this book. I felt so bad for Clifford Brandt and his daughter Missouri. I never knew anything about the silver mining in Colorado and how it ended. Now I am very curious and want to look into the history of 1893. Throughout the book I was captivated by the thought that the two seemingly separate storylines would have to connect in some way. It was incredible when the connection was revealed. I really hope that the author writes more books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention or review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I have done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport Barbour Publishing, Inc. Shiloh Run Press Christian | General Fiction (Adult) Pub Date 01 Nov 2020 I am reviewing a copy of What You Said to Me through Barbour Publishing Inc/Shiloh Run Press: After fifteen year old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. But his daughter, Jillian feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport Barbour Publishing, Inc. Shiloh Run Press Christian | General Fiction (Adult) Pub Date 01 Nov 2020 I am reviewing a copy of What You Said to Me through Barbour Publishing Inc/Shiloh Run Press: After fifteen year old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. But his daughter, Jillian feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillian’s patience wears thin. Everyone in Canyon Mines knows the Crowder family has experienced generations of brokenness. Then a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, challenging shrouded assumptions about Tisha’s family. Now Jillian is the one who can walk with Tisha back to 1893 and uncover where everything went wrong in the first place—and save her from the past.  What You Said to me is the fourth book in the Tree of Life series. I give What You Said to Me five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Betty Wendland

    What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport is a delightful book. Tisha Crowder is a spirited teen who is caught shoplifting in Denver. Attorney Nolan Duffy comes to her assistance since she actually lives in his small community of Canyon Mines north of Denver. Nolan's daughter, Jillian, is a genealogist and Nolan feels she can use some assistance, so Nolan brings Tisha home which they both share since his wife passed away. Jillian uses it as her office also. Neither Jillian or Tisha is keen on this i What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport is a delightful book. Tisha Crowder is a spirited teen who is caught shoplifting in Denver. Attorney Nolan Duffy comes to her assistance since she actually lives in his small community of Canyon Mines north of Denver. Nolan's daughter, Jillian, is a genealogist and Nolan feels she can use some assistance, so Nolan brings Tisha home which they both share since his wife passed away. Jillian uses it as her office also. Neither Jillian or Tisha is keen on this idea. Tisha's family is well know in the community and not in high regard. Tisha does not prove to have a good work ethic until she finds something that grabs her interest. The author takes us back and forth in Tisha's ancestor's history to 1893. I really enjoyed the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Readers of The Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport have gotten to know many of the Canyon Mines, Colorado residents through the first three books. In What You Said to Me, Newport unveils some more of the town’s history as well as some new (only to the reader) residents. While this final book in the series continues a few threads from previous books, it can stand alone. Once again Newport weaves threads of past and present while hitting on the topic of bitterness—how one person’s acerbic attitud Readers of The Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport have gotten to know many of the Canyon Mines, Colorado residents through the first three books. In What You Said to Me, Newport unveils some more of the town’s history as well as some new (only to the reader) residents. While this final book in the series continues a few threads from previous books, it can stand alone. Once again Newport weaves threads of past and present while hitting on the topic of bitterness—how one person’s acerbic attitude and words can create the same in another and be passed down through generations. The addition of Tisha adds a lot to this story as the teenager deals with her family, her emotions, and stretches Jillian and Nolan as they reach out to her. It doesn’t always turn out as they hoped, but I believe their words and encouragement helped change Tisha. There are a few small unresolved areas in the end, but it made the story that much more real. After all, we don’t get the answers to everything in our lives. It’s fitting conclusion to a series that leaves the reader with hope for what’s to come. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    This is the fourth book in this series and I did not want to put it down. I love the characters. Jilly, Tisha, Nolan and Drew were wonderful in this story. I love how these books weave a current storyline in with a past storyline to solve a mystery from both timelines. This was one of my favorite ones in the series. I love how we are learning more and more about Jillian and her father with each book. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave This is the fourth book in this series and I did not want to put it down. I love the characters. Jilly, Tisha, Nolan and Drew were wonderful in this story. I love how these books weave a current storyline in with a past storyline to solve a mystery from both timelines. This was one of my favorite ones in the series. I love how we are learning more and more about Jillian and her father with each book. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I didn’t read books one and two in this series. Book three was really good so I was excited to have the opportunity to read book four. It was good to revisit the characters and this story was interesting. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    Very interesting story. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    What You Said To Me, by Olivia Newport, is book four in the Tree of Life series. This is a nice story of family history and how it affects those in future generations. The story is split between modern day and 1893. Jillian is a genealogist who lives with her her attorney father, Nolan. Nolan meets a young girl, Trisha, from their community that he is trying to help and assigns her to work with Jillian for the summer. This really tries Jillian’s patience as the work she does is very precise and What You Said To Me, by Olivia Newport, is book four in the Tree of Life series. This is a nice story of family history and how it affects those in future generations. The story is split between modern day and 1893. Jillian is a genealogist who lives with her her attorney father, Nolan. Nolan meets a young girl, Trisha, from their community that he is trying to help and assigns her to work with Jillian for the summer. This really tries Jillian’s patience as the work she does is very precise and needs to be perfect. Trisha only knows her mother’s family and as she presses for more, the story of who they really are is revealed. I really enjoy this series. I hope there are many more books to come. The story is filled with realistic events, suspense, mystery, and strong ties to family and community. I especially enjoyed the parts from 1893 as they showed what a family must do to survive when their world comes crashing down. It also showed the generosity shown to others. The stories are written so nicely with background that each could be a stand alone story. The stories do reference characters from the previous stories so it is best to read them in order. More so for this story as Jillian’s current project is from book two and the man she met in book three is now her boyfriend. I received an e-book copy of this story from Celebrate Lit, this is my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Weiss

    I love genealogy and mystery, so I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, even though that's what the series seems like it's supposed to be about, there was very little mystery and not really any genealogy. It was more about characters bullying other characters for not much of a reason. The main character (Jillian) is supposedly a professional genealogist. However, she never really does any work aside from arranging and rearranging papers. I guess I'm supposed to suspend belief and not I love genealogy and mystery, so I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, even though that's what the series seems like it's supposed to be about, there was very little mystery and not really any genealogy. It was more about characters bullying other characters for not much of a reason. The main character (Jillian) is supposedly a professional genealogist. However, she never really does any work aside from arranging and rearranging papers. I guess I'm supposed to suspend belief and not worry that a professional genealogist has all her important, original, one of a kind paperwork scattered in piles in her Dad's (Nolan's) house as I guess there will never be anything like a fire, flood, or break in. At least she thinks about not spilling beverages. She has a big case from an important client who has put a lot of money into trying to right the wrongs of his grandfather. Such a missed opportunity here! It would be SOOOOO much more interesting if her solving some of the genealogies was the plot of the book, but alas. Really the only reason this is even included is so her father can bully her into hiring a teen (Tisha) who has to do community service to help her. So now we have a "professional" genealogist who has all these original records that I'm going to assume must have some educational and health information as well as adoption information (info. which must be pretty confidential) and we're allowing some bored teen who you don't know from Adam to have at it with all the old documents. A teen who can't even follow basic directions and constantly makes mistakes that you have to go over and fix, yet it's ok to have her come into the house and handle this delicate paperwork while the main character goes galavanting around complaining to her Dad and best friend, who then continue to bully her and chide her because she doesn't want said teen to mess with her work. They even scold her because she says something along the line of, "should we put our valuables away?" Um, yes you probably should, again you don't know her from Adam and she shoplifted. That's not being mean, just practical. And at one point she has to apologize for wanting the work done correctly. Similarly, the main character in the historical part of the story is also bullied, by his wife. I just want him to grow a backbone and start leading his family. I don't condone violence against women, but man, she needs a spanking! Toward the end the story did pick up a little. However, the "mystery" of who Tisha's father is falls flat. Again, so many missed opportunities. With all the emphasis placed on Tisha growing up in a home with no male figures (not really unique, unfortunately, but treated as such in the book), I had some ideas on how the mystery father situation could be resolved. Maybe Tisha's heritage would somehow tie in with the stolen children genealogy project. Maybe Tisha would use any newfound information on how to find people via the Internet to find her Dad and hitchhike to him and have it out with him. Or maybe Nolan, in his grief over losing his wife, had a fling with Tisha's mom and Tisha is really Jillian's half-sister and that's really why he wants to help her and why he wants Tisha and Jilian to get along. Not to give to much away, but nope. Tisha does become more somewhat more interesting in the end, so I am going to give this between 1.5 and 2 stars. This book was won through a Goodreads giveaway.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    This has been a very good series and I am very sad to see it end. I have enjoyed following the daughter and dad team as they shuffle back and forth in time. It has been intriguing to learn about genealogy and the secrets that are uncovered. Nolan and Jillian are a great duo and their desire to help others is contagious. I didn’t know what to expect when Tisha comes on the scene. With a chip on her shoulders this fifteen year old will be hard to reach. The intensity of this story is how past gene This has been a very good series and I am very sad to see it end. I have enjoyed following the daughter and dad team as they shuffle back and forth in time. It has been intriguing to learn about genealogy and the secrets that are uncovered. Nolan and Jillian are a great duo and their desire to help others is contagious. I didn’t know what to expect when Tisha comes on the scene. With a chip on her shoulders this fifteen year old will be hard to reach. The intensity of this story is how past generations do influence the future if the generational curse is not broken. Oh how I felt for Tisha when her mom called her stupid. There was never a day growing up that I didn’t hear how stupid I was and that I would never amount to anything. Like Tisha I figured why bother when everyone expected to see you fail. When I read, “ We all have reasons for the ways we express how we feel, even if we don’t understand them,” I understood that Tisha was acting out because she was hurt. Her desire to be accepted and loved is evident throughout the story. Words do sting and it is hard for that pain to go away. Can Nolan and Jillian make a difference in Tisha’s life? When we travel back in time to 1893 we meet a family on the brink of financial disaster. Mining in the town has taken a hit and caused stores to go out of business, banks to close, people losing their jobs and hopelessness covering the entire towns people. I witnessed the collapse of a town and the despair the people felt as the author described with great detail what it may have been like during this time period. Desperate men trying to survive and a family seeing their future turn bleak makes this story so hard to stop reading. I knew there was going to be twists but some took me by surprise. Every action had a reaction and this story is full of bad decisions, desperate decisions and decisions that tear families apart. There are parts in the story where I became angry because men were being blamed for unforeseen demise in economy. That hatred seemed to continue in the family for generations and cause the women to dislike or mistrust men. As you read the story you will see where one woman is so disgusted with her husband’s decisions that she basically turns her back on him. How sad that she became bitter and couldn’t see that her husband was trying to make a bad situation better? The ending is bitter sweet and as I finished the last page, tears fell down my cheeks. It is a beautiful story of overcoming obstacles in your life and finding courage to accept what cannot be changed. Tisha is a strong young woman and even though her life has been filled with words that hurt and made her feel unwanted, she now can be proud of who she has become . We don’t get to choose our family, but we do choose whether to forgive or let the past ruin our future. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Wolters

    I have read the other three books in this series about Nolan, who is an attorney in Denver, and his daughter Jillian, a genealogist.. Each one can be read as a stand alone, although I totally recommend reading all of these beautifully written, heartwarming stories. The characters in these books are developed with heart that I believe will reach the readers heart as it has mine. Nolan has learned of a 15 year old girl, Tisha, who lives in their hometown of Canyon Mines, who shoplifted in Denver. I have read the other three books in this series about Nolan, who is an attorney in Denver, and his daughter Jillian, a genealogist.. Each one can be read as a stand alone, although I totally recommend reading all of these beautifully written, heartwarming stories. The characters in these books are developed with heart that I believe will reach the readers heart as it has mine. Nolan has learned of a 15 year old girl, Tisha, who lives in their hometown of Canyon Mines, who shoplifted in Denver. She needs to do some volunteer hours within the next few weeks. He immediately thinks of the genealogical research project Jillian has taken on that has taken over their dining room table plus chairs, with hundreds of papers and folders scattered about. that date back many years. He is certain Jillian could use some administrative help in getting it organized and out of the dining room. Since the death of Jillian's mother many years ago, he has learned to cook and is quite taken with creating dishes to share with friends and neighbors by hosting spontaneous dinner parties.. For this he needs the dining room table. Jillian is somewhat apprehensive when sullen, Tisha, who also has a chip on her shoulder, and pink hair. shows up. Jillian remembers Tisha's mother, who was a couple grades ahead of her in high school, dropping out of school because she was pregnant. Tisha is less than enthusiastic about anything life has to offer, especially organizing some old papers. What I found fascinating is in-between the chapters dealing with the ups and downs of the relationship between Nolan, Jillian and Tisha, the author takes us back to 1893 in Denver during the economic recession caused by the collapse of the mining industry. The U.S. government stopped buying huge amounts of silver and made gold the sole currency standard. Mines shut-down, resulting in the closure of many banks and thousands were out of work and homeless. Clifford Brandt lost his livelihood when he was forced to close his own three mines and he lost his job with Horace Tabor. Clifford's wife was not happy about the change in their economic status, especially when they were going to lose their beautiful, big house in Denver. As this story evolves, Olivia Newport expertly weaves the history of the late 1900s in Denver to the present time in Canyon Mines, located outside of Denver, closer to the mountains. How this history affects Tisha personally and the influence of Nolan and Jillian changes her entire view of life. Even though the last page of this heartfelt book has been turned, this beautiful, inspiring story will stay with me for awhile.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 stars- I have really enjoyed this series. The characters are quirky and lovable and I love the quaintness of the town of Canyon Mines. Jillian and her dad Nolan are a fun duo that seem to enjoy life and looking for the positives in their daily lives. I was so happy to see the return of Drew from the previous book as a love interest for Jillian. I’m not sure who is more attached to him, Jillian or her dad. This story felt a bit different than the previous ones because it revolved more around a 4 stars- I have really enjoyed this series. The characters are quirky and lovable and I love the quaintness of the town of Canyon Mines. Jillian and her dad Nolan are a fun duo that seem to enjoy life and looking for the positives in their daily lives. I was so happy to see the return of Drew from the previous book as a love interest for Jillian. I’m not sure who is more attached to him, Jillian or her dad. This story felt a bit different than the previous ones because it revolved more around a person and her family in the present than Jillian specifically researching an artifact or family’s genealogy. When 15 year old Tisha Crowder is caught shoplifting, Nolan helps the troubled teen by signing her up to be Jillian’s assistant for the summer. Neither Jillian nor Tisha are thrilled with the arrangement and sparks fly. Tisha’s family is a dysfunctional mess and Nolan is determined to figure out why. It’s an intriguing and bittersweet journey to understanding the source of the Crowders problems. Tisha was definitely a piece of work but the author did a great job of growing each of the characters and maturing them in different ways. Tisha endeared herself to me in the end and once I understood the workings of her family I had great compassion for her. My favorite part of this series is seeing how everything ties together, the past and the present and understanding that decisions made many years ago can have a direct effect on future generations. Spoiler alert: One part of the story left me with questions though. In the beginning Tisha and Nolan meet with Tisha’s case manager in Denver, Maddie Vasquez. She has a map of the Canyon Mines mines on her wall handed down from her great-grandmother Graciela. Nolan comments on the map and we realize that Maddie’s great-grandmother was Cliff and Georgina Brandt’s housekeeper and they had gifted her the map. I completely expected this tidbit to be of importance later in Tisha’s search for information about the Brandt’s mines and that the map would be an important clue. But there was never another mention of the map at all or of Maddie or Graciela. It seemed to be just a scene for the benefit of the reader as an aha moment but not relevant to the story. I am curious if the author had intended to circle back to this scene but changed her mind. I do hope there will be more stories to this series. Canyon Mines is a great town to escape to and live vicariously through the many characters that call it home. I would also like to see Drew and Jillian’s relationship grow. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hannah-rose Russell

    Pre-Review Rant: Please tell me that this is not the last book of the series!??! I have so many questions!! What about the time capsule in the last book and the missing children from the St Louis file??!! Olivia Newport, your readers need to know what happens next!! ~ The year is 1893, Clifford Brandt has built his fortune from the ground up; however, after the price in silver drops, he is forced to close his mines. With no income, banks closing, and violence rising, Clifford will do all he can to Pre-Review Rant: Please tell me that this is not the last book of the series!??! I have so many questions!! What about the time capsule in the last book and the missing children from the St Louis file??!! Olivia Newport, your readers need to know what happens next!! ~ The year is 1893, Clifford Brandt has built his fortune from the ground up; however, after the price in silver drops, he is forced to close his mines. With no income, banks closing, and violence rising, Clifford will do all he can to protect his family, but at what cost? Flash-forward to present-day and Jillian Parisi-Duffy is overwhelmed with the files Tucker Kintzler has sent her from Missouri, though she won't openly admit it. With paperwork piled all over the house, Jillian's father, Nolan, steps in with a solution. Tisha Crowder is in deep water. Caught shoplifting and facing serious consequences; Nolan, her attorney, works out a deal that could keep her record clean and provide Tisha with a chance to do the right thing. Angry, bitter, and rebellious, Tisha is not easy to work with; but, could this summer job be a key to unlocking the events of the past and answer the questions Tisha's been searching for? What You Said to Me is the fourth book in the Tree of Life series, and highlights how pain can be passed from generation to generation. While the story was a page-turner and captured my attention, I still couldn't connect to the main characters as I do with the historical ones. What I've noticed with this series is that while there is a conclusion for the characters in the flashbacks, the present-day characters are left with a cliff-hanger or final remark that gives readers with more questions than answers. If this is supposed to be the last book of the series, it could have ended more conclusively. Overall, I have enjoyed this series and feel inspired to learn more about my family history, though my mom's side is going to be impossible to explore. We all come from somewhere, and what I loved most about the Tree of Life series was that no matter what happened in the past, we, the future generation, have the opportunity to use our ancestors' experiences to create a better future! *Thank you to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport Back of the Book: “A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillia What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport Back of the Book: “A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillian’s patience wears thin. Besides, everyone in Canyon Mines knows the Crowder family has experienced generations of brokenness. Then a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, challenging shrouded assumptions about Tisha’s family. Now Jillian is the one who can walk with Tisha back to 1893 and uncover where everything went wrong in the first place—and save her from the past. What You Said to Me is the fourth 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.” Impressions: I should preface this with the fact that I did not read any of the previous novels in this series. I found the beginning to be dull and slow. I enjoyed parts of this book but overall, it was not worth reading again or backtracking into the rest of the series. Liked: I liked the character development of Tisha as she discovers her heritage. Disliked: I did not care for Jillian or Nolan’s characters. Learned: I learned to look past people’s outer shell. Certainly, not everyone has a back story to all their actions but often past hurts, pain, or loss change how we interact with others. Quotes: “In my head, I know I had to be delicate. But my frustration got the best of me, and the words that came out of my mouth- well, they weren’t always what I meant to say…” – Story of my life as a parent! I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review shared here.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    You are What you Say! PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG: http://bookreadingtic.com/2020/11/02/... THANK YOU! All her life, 15-year-old Tisha Crowder’s family has said they were all trash, herself included. Now court mandated to do community service hours, Tisha is working them off in Jillian’s business—whose idea for this, along with some supervision, comes from Jillian’s attorney father, Nolan. Dysfunctional is not a strong enough word to describe the five generations of women currently living in You are What you Say! PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG: http://bookreadingtic.com/2020/11/02/... THANK YOU! All her life, 15-year-old Tisha Crowder’s family has said they were all trash, herself included. Now court mandated to do community service hours, Tisha is working them off in Jillian’s business—whose idea for this, along with some supervision, comes from Jillian’s attorney father, Nolan. Dysfunctional is not a strong enough word to describe the five generations of women currently living in the Crowder household. Lots of bitterness and poor self-esteem exist because of the many men who have abandoned them. The anger Tisha has from being treated as dumb, worthless and unworthy of knowing her father’s name, causes her to strike out at everyone including Jillian. Jillian uses her genealogy skills to uncover the story of the Denver Brandt family who lost their comfortable lifestyle, and everything else, during the 1893 silver collapse. Dad, Clifford, desperately tries to help his suddenly unemployed miners, as well as, his now broke family survive in an economy that no longer has work for anyone, himself included. What is the story about Tisha’s dad? How does the Brandt family influence the lives of present-day people? Will Tisha continue her family’s history and become a single teenage mother? Can Tisha understand Proverbs 18:21, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue…,” and change the family’s future? This is a 5-star story and series, and this book can be read alone, but get them all for more enjoyable adventures with Jillian and Nolan. These attention-grabbing clean tales, told from a Christian viewpoint, are recommended to everyone who likes standout stories with an interesting twist. Barbour Publishing, through NetGalley has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of, What You Said to Me, for the purpose of review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    Anger and Rebellion Hide Hearts Full of Pain and Bitterness Way back when I first read The Inn at Hidden Run, I said I was sure I’d like the series, despite not really liking that one. I underestimated. Aside from that first book, I’ve loved this series. The characters have such complex personalities with reasonable quirks and flaws that keep you from becoming bored with them. Ms. Newport has created interesting plots that keep her split-time “mysteries” perfect page-turners. And, seriously, she’ Anger and Rebellion Hide Hearts Full of Pain and Bitterness Way back when I first read The Inn at Hidden Run, I said I was sure I’d like the series, despite not really liking that one. I underestimated. Aside from that first book, I’ve loved this series. The characters have such complex personalities with reasonable quirks and flaws that keep you from becoming bored with them. Ms. Newport has created interesting plots that keep her split-time “mysteries” perfect page-turners. And, seriously, she’s an excellent writer. This novel brings in a difficult, 21st-century teen, one seriously dysfunctional family, and a look into the difficult days of the Panic of 1893. As usual, this story has its own depths and layers that provide insight not only into the period and the historical events of the time but also into humanity. Ms. Newport shows through the generations that despite advances, societal rises and reversals, no matter the century, people are the same at the root. All lost. Every single one in need of a Savior. All worth redeeming in His eyes. Not only that, but she did it without a smidgeon of preachiness. Honestly, I feel like I should be bothered by the lack of spiritual guidance for poor Tish, the teen girl. Why aren’t the Duffys showing that girl JESUS? Well, I’d say because they are. With careful use of Scripture and spiritual discussions in the historical part, the reader is allowed to see what applies to the modern story without once having to be beaten over the head with it. What You Said to Me is recommended for folks who love time-split fiction, who love excellent characterization and interesting plots with a hint of mystery to them, and for those who love to see functional families contrasted with dysfunctional ones. Not recommended for… um… someone, I’m sure. Me, I’m thrilled that I requested this review copy and am even more thrilled that I loved it as much as I expected to.

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