About the Book
Book: Phoebe’s Secret
Author: Sydney Tooman Betts
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Mystery
Release Date: June 20, 2020
In April of 1843, Phoebe’s family hears about
Eager to make new friends, Phoebe forms a unique relationship that propels her into the middle of the mystery, and she begins to question several acquaintances’ motives. Will she uncover their secrets before the plantation owner’s charming son discovers hers?
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This is a historical mystery with a large amount of faith and the gospel included. Phoebe's father is a Pastor. She winds up smack dab in the middle of a murder mystery. It's 1843, so she is most unusual for a young woman of this time period. She's the oldest daughter, with a personality like Pollyanna. Phoebe is such an outgoing and hopeful young adult. She's a Yankee, and now she is in the South. The issues with slavery are abundant and everyone has their own thoughts about it. Meanwhile, we have a large cast of characters so you can't be bored getting to know them all. With a few twists and turns, but most of all a stunning little star sleuth, this book was a quick and fun read.
About the Author
Sydney Tooman Betts resides with her husband near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several chapters in her series The People of the Book.
While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) took part in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level.
Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.
More from Sydney
Proverbs 25:11 says, “Words spoken fitly are like apples of gold in settings of silver.” I was not a great reader as a child, but I loved stories. We remember stories, whether told through movies, good sermon illustrations, parables, or
Think of something you’ve read in the Bible. Did an instructional verse, a narrative, or a parable leap to mind? Stories have power because we can relate to them. We see ourselves in the shoes of the main character and ask what we might do in the situation. Mysteries, a new genre for me to write, are a little different. You are in the puzzle with the main character, working out the solution as you both come across the clues. I hope you will enjoy joining Phoebe in her first mystery as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Sally Lunn Bread
1 cup milk
¼ pound unsalted butter
8 cups of high-gluten or bread flour
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup yeast
In a saucepan, combine water, milk
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients with half the flour. Add the warm liquid, and mix well to form a smooth batter.
Add 3 eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add another cup of the flour, and mix well. Add the second 3 eggs, one at a time. Add the remaining flour, and mix until the flour has been incorporated and the batter has formed a smooth ball. The dough should be less firm than bread and more firm than a batter.
Put the dough in a clear bowl with a little oil and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Proof until double in volume. Divide the dough between two bund pans or two loaf pans, or one of each. Proof again until
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This sounds like a great read.
Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.
Wonderful review, Carol! Sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing.
Phoebe sounds like a very interesting character, never a dull moment when she is around.
Carol, thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave your lovely review. I hope you and your readers will enjoy Phoebe for many volumes to come :)
I enjoy historical fiction, this sounds like a fun book.
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