Hidden Secrets by Janet Sketchley

 

About the Book

The secrets of Captain Hiltz may not have died with him.

When Landon Smith returns to the Green Dory Inn, she finds innkeeper Anna Young still shaken by the recent vandalism and unable to cope when the inn is targeted in an online vendetta. Prickly neighbour Bobby Hawke can help with Anna’s cyber woes, but when the attacks escalate to physical threats, Landon and Bobby must work together to unmask the culprit.

A cryptic message about a tunnel points to the property’s original owner, a notorious Prohibition-era sea captain rumoured to have left hidden wealth. Contraband, treasure, evidence of things better left buried…

How far will Anna’s enemy go to claim the tunnel and its contents? Protecting Anna will require courage and faith as Landon battles the locals’ attitudes and the scars of her past. Even then, she and Bobby are tracing the faintest of clues. With Anna on the brink of emotional collapse—and danger rising like the tide—time is running out.

Hidden Secrets is book 2 in the Green Dory Inn Mystery Series, set in East Coast Canada. Preorder discount for the ebook is $2.99 until August 8, 2019. The ebook version of book 1, Unknown Enemy, is discounted to 99 cents until then.

 

Book Excerpt

WHEN LANDON EXITED security at Halifax’s Stanfield Airport on Friday, Anna’s broad smile was a beacon among the waiting strangers. Swallowing unexpected emotion, she raced into Anna’s arms.

Home. Acceptance. The warm stability that Anna wore like a fragrance. Yet Landon’s initial, misty-eyed read of her friend’s face caught strain lines that should have faded since June. And a pallor only partly due to the wide white headband holding back her brown, chin-length bob. Amid the chatter of reunions and weary travellers, Landon squeezed her tighter and held the hug longer than usual as if she could love Anna back to health.

Anna had been her mother’s friend first. The two were around the same age, now their mid-fifties. But her mom couldn’t handle what happened to Landon—or her dad’s death because of it—and Landon lost both her parents. When she needed them most.

Thank God for Anna, stepping in and showing all the love she could, including the love of Jesus. Anna’s faith and prayers fostered Landon’s ability to stand whole today. Scarred, but whole.

And now able to return to the town she’d been taken from, if not to feel at home, at least to find her way as an adult and lay her childhood memories to rest.

About the Author

Janet Sketchley is an Atlantic Canadian writer who likes her fiction with a splash of mystery or adventure and a dash of Christianity. Why leave faith out of our stories if it’s part of our lives? You can find Janet online at janetsketchley.ca.

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