Laura's Shadow (Doors to the Past #9) (Paperback)
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Family Secrets Spill One Conversation at a Time
Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.
De Smet, South Dakota—1890
Young women growing up in DeSmet live by two rules: don’t go out in a snowstorm and don’t give your heart to Cap Garland. Young Mariah Patterson only managed to obey one. Orphaned and having devoted her youth to scrapping out a life with her brother Charles, Mariah finds herself with no interesting suitors or means of support. Throwing caution to the wind, she seizes an opportunity to lay her feelings at Cap’s feet, even though she knows Cap sees the world through the torch he carries for Laura Ingalls. Mariah is certain her love for Cap will be strong enough to break both bonds, and she’s willing to risk everything to prove it.
De Smet, South Dakota—1974
Trixie Gowan is the fourth generation of living Gowan women residing in the sprawling farmhouse on the outskirts of De Smet. Well, former resident. She’s recently moved to Minneapolis, where she writes ads for a neighborhood paper edited by Ron Tumble. She might live and work in the city, but her co-workers still call her Prairie Girl. Thus the inspiration for her comic strip—“Lost Laura”—in which a bespectacled girl in a calico dress tries to make her way in the city. The name is a quiet rebellion having grown up in a household where she’d been forbidden to mention the name, Laura Ingalls. But when her great-grandmother Mariah’s declining health brings Trixie home for a visit, two things might just keep her there: the bedside manner of Dr. Campbell Carter and the family secret that seems to be spilling from GG’s lips one conversation at a time.
Don’t miss other great books in the Doors to the Past series:
The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman
Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham
Bridge of Gold by Kimberley Woodhouse
Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel
Behind Love's Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels
High-Wire Heartbreak by Anna Schmidt
Love's Fortress by Jennifer Uhlarik
A Promise Engraved by Liz Tolsma
Laura's Shadow by Allison Pittman
Passages of Hope by Terri Haynes
In Spotlight and Shadow by Rachel Scott McDaniel
The Keys to Gramercy Park by Candice Sue Patterson
About the Author
Allison Pittman is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed novels and a four-time Christy finalist—twice for her Sister Wife series, once for All for a Story from her take on the Roaring Twenties and most recently for the critically acclaimed The Seamstress which takes a cameo character from the Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities and flourishes her to life amidst the French Revolution. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, blissfully sharing an empty nest with her husband, Mike. Connect with her on Facebook (Allison Pittman Author), Twitter (@allisonkpittman) or her website, allisonkpittman.com.
“Allison Pittman is one of those rare authors who shines with equal brilliance no matter the time period she writes. Laura’s Shadow is the perfect showcase for the gritty nineteenth-century historical on the South Dakota prairie, and the 1970s Twin Cities tale of an utterly lovable newspaper cartoonist on a quest to unlock her great-grandmother’s secrets. Pittman breathes life and love, hope and heartache into a minor character first penned by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and then surrounds her with her own world, complete with generations to round her out. I couldn’t read this absorbing story fast enough.”
~Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Drawn by the Current
“It's a daring endeavor to take even a tangential run at another author's famous characters, but rest assured, Dear Reader, the world of our beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder is in more than capable hands in Laura's Shadow. Pittman weaves a wonderful dual timeline story showing how the past reaches out to the present, and how 'no man is truly free in whom a thousand ancestors ride.’”
~Erica Vetsch, author of The Thorndike & Swann Regency Mysteries
“Laura’s Shadow is an expertly layered book about generational patterns and stories woven from love and loss. Readers will fall in love with the Gowan women—earnest Trixie, an artist pursuing a career in 1974, and her great-grandmother Mariah who comes of age in late 19th century South Dakota. Both eras are vividly painted and every scene engrossing. It was a challenge to put the book down at bedtime (so I just didn’t.) Another gorgeous novel that serves to further Allison Pittman’s reputation as a uniquely gifted author.”
~Kimberly Duffy, author of A Tapestry of Light
“Pittman’s novels have the ability to immerse and transport readers to the past, and her latest, Laura’s Shadow, is no exception. Rich prose, lush descriptions, and astute characterizations combine to weave a story wrought from minor characters in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved books, as well as a more modern counterpart. A nostalgic tale told with heart and insight.”
~ Anna Lee Huber, USA Today bestselling author
Allison Pittman has crafted a stunning book of two women, three generations apart, deftly weaving their stories into an unputdownable tale. Pittman writes gorgeous prose that tugs at the heart even as it fills the reader with hope. This is a book not only for fans of Little House on the Prairie but for anyone who enjoys a captivating story. I loved it!
- Liz Johnson, bestselling author of The Red Door Inn and Beyond the Tides
Pittman’s appreciation of the Little House series shines through as she pays homage to the books while offering a fresh perspective on them, notably by imagining rich backstories for the minor Ingalls characters Cap and Mariah (named Martha in the original). Little House devotees will delight in this.
— Publishers Weekly
With a very special appeal to readers with an interest in mystery, suspense, and historical romance, author Allison Pittman . . . deftly weaves them together within a Christian framework. One of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf, "Laura's Shadow" is especially and unreservedly recommended for community library collections.
— James A. Cox
Allison Pittman’s Laura's Shadow as a unique way of showcasing someone very famous through the story of fictional characters.
— Kim Roller