• Sara Jane Jacobs

Phoebe's Secret by Sydney Tooman Betts

Updated: Nov 11, 2020




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 a murder while they are traveling to their new home in the Shenandoah Valley. They arrive to learn the victim attended the church her father has agreed to pastor and the crime took place on a leading church member’s plantation.


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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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 simple  novels.


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.


Recipe:


Sally Lunn Bread


1 cup water 1 cup milk ¼ pound unsalted butter 8 cups of high-gluten or bread flour ⅔ cup sugar 2 tablespoons salt ¼ cup yeast 6 eggs