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Wednesday’s Wanderer…Susan Ferrell

Today Susan Ferrell is stopping by with her review of Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl. I think it’s safe to say Susan really liked this book!

Gathering Shadows – Prepare to Lose Some Sleep! Review by Susan Ferrell

gathering shadows coverWhen I received Nancy Mehl’s novel Gathering Shadows (first in her Finding Sanctuary series), I’ll admit I wasn’t too enthusiastic. While I loved her Road to Kingdom series, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to fiction – and usually stick to the Amish genre…or perhaps even Mennonite. When I mentioned this to a friend of mine, she encouraged me to read it. Others had said it was good and it had Mennonites in it. Well, GOOD GRAVY! What I would have missed had I not read this jewel! I read it in less than two days. It was fantastic!

Gathering Shadows tells the story of a young TV reporter name Wynter Evans, who runs across a photo that looks alarmingly similar to her brother…who disappeared nine years earlier. The photo was taken in the town of Sanctuary, a small town that is predominately Mennonite…and full of secrets. Nothing is going to keep Wynter from tracking down the boy in that photo. With one of the TV station’s photographers in tow, she sets off in search of answers.  A host of characters round out the book – some joining her search…and some hindering it (to the point of threatening her very life!) Could this boy really be her brother? What secrets are locked away in Sanctuary? Read and find out!

I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Nancy Mehl delivers, yet again.  The characters are well-rounded, the storyline flows with ease, and I literally had trouble putting the book down. I read it in less that two days and gave up sleep to do so. It is that good. Gathering Shadows can easily be read as a stand-alone, but I am now tapping my fingers, awaiting Book Two in the Finding Sanctuary series. I’m ready for some more Sanctuary!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious 5-year old. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


3 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Wanderer…Susan Ferrell

  1. It really is great, Nancy! I am selective with my words and do not say it unless I mean it. If people do not buy this book, they are missing out!

    …still tapping my finger for Book Two… 😉

  2. Thank you, Susan, for such a great review! It was lovely to read and I’m so happy that Nancy popped by, too!!!! Hugs!

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