Friday, July 14, 2023

Review: This Is Where It Ends by Cindy K. Sproles

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Award-Winning Author Pens a Unique Southern Tale

When Minerva Jane Jenkins was just 14 years old, she married a man who moved her to the mountains. He carried with him a small box, which he told her was filled with gold. And when he died 50 years later, he made her promise to keep his secret. She is to tell no one about the box or the treasure it contains.

Now 94, Minerva is nearing the end of what has sometimes been a lonely life. But she's kept that secret. Even so, rumors of hidden gold have a way of spreading, and Minerva is visited by a reporter, Del Rankin, who wants to know more of her story. His friend who joins him only wants to find the location of the gold. Neither of them knows quite who they're up against when it comes to the old woman on the mountain.

As an unlikely friendship develops, Minerva is tempted to reveal her secret to Del. After all, how long is one bound by a promise? But the truth of what's really buried in the box may be hidden even from her.

My Review:

I have conflicting thoughts about This Is Where It Ends. I adored the plot and enjoyed the suspense of what could possibly be in the box. I could not love Minerva any more than I did. Her and her friendship with Del was so pure and beautiful. I would love to give their story five stars. However, there were a few areas that made no sense to me historically wise. There were several times when dates were given that really did not add up, as well as, discussions of some events that were not historically accurate or correct. I found this distracting to me as I continued to read. As a lifelong Appalachian mountain girl myself and one who loves genealogy, I just could be a little too picky. Overall, I believe the author wrote a beautiful and touching story of faith, forgiveness, loyalty and friendship.
I am giving This Is Where It Ends three and a half stars. I believe it is worth a read for readers who enjoy clean historical fiction with a touch of suspense and mystery.
I received a paperback copy of Cindy K Sproles' This Is Where It Ends from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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