Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Shadows in the Mind's by Janyre Tromp


Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on--responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who's come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam's experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand--but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn't the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she's terrified he's going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam's mental wounds--or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

Debut novelist Janyre Tromp delivers a deliciously eerie, Hitchcockian story filled with love and suspense. Readers of psychological thrillers and historical fiction by Jaime Jo Wright and Sarah Sundin will add Tromp to their favorite authors list.


This story is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time it offers hope. That's my favorite thing about these books and why I love to read.
It makes one wonder sometimes about the what ifs. What if things were different would we still have pain and suffering or is it because God wants us to go through these to draw closer to Him? I have no idea.
I've come to admire Sam and Annie a whole lot! They've come through a lot! 
I love how they took what ever came their way in stride. Wish I were a lot more like them.
I couldn't put this book down and the other thing I loved was it was told from 2 points if view that was told in first person ( my favorite thing ) so that we might know what the other person is thinking, feeling, and their love for one another. 
PTSD can be a very serious thing. I really don't understand a whole lot about it but I do now somewhat.  
The author has done her research very well.
I was able to glean a lot from the characters and how they dealt with it was so amazing.  I understood how how hard it can be at times. 
I highly recommend this sweet tale of historical fiction and you'll not want to put it down once you open the book up.
This book definitely deserves 5 stars and up.



In case we get to meet in person some day, you pronounce that first name Jan-air. Kind of like the stove. I'm a developmental book editor by day and a writer at night.

And that all happens from my kitchen table when I'm not hanging out with my husband, two kids, and slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. Unfortunately, I spilled coffee on my super cape and then the dryer ate it. So you'll just have to imagine I can do it all!

I have four traditionally published books—a WWII era novel, Shadows in the Mind's Eye; a juvenile fiction, That Sinking Feeling; and two board books in the All About God's Animals series—and 2 indie books—Wide Open, a historical novella and It's a Wonderful Christmas, a Christmas novella collection (coming October 2021).

But my passion is writing about the beauty of the world—past and present—even when it isn't pretty.

After all, isn't it the beauty in the world that gets us through the day?

Hopefully after you hang out with me for a bit, we'll be able to see things a little more clearly, find a little bit of meaning, and make a bigger impact.

With me what you see is what you get...all the Beautiful, all the Ugly, all the Me.



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