About the Book
Book: When I Meet You
Author: Olivia Newport
Genre: Christian fiction
Release Date: May, 2020
Book 3 in the Tree of Life Series: A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Faith Journeys on Family Trees
A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago leads Jillian and Nolan to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.
When I Meet You is the third book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.
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What a fascinating story! Jillian is once again doing what she does best—dig in and research family genealogies. This is the third (and definitely my favorite so far) in the Tree of Life series. I think they could be read as stand-alones, but I feel like the story is much more understood if you read them in the proper order.
In this book, Jillian is given the privilege of seeing, and then taking along home withe her, a beautiful old trunk which seems to have a mysterious history. This finds Jillian doing all she can to seek out what actually happened to it, and why it was abandoned at Union Station in the first place.
This book has dual time stories, and of course the other time period is about the owner of the trunk.
I loved all the details, reading about the Pinkertons, and more. The details about the trunk – the trunk itself, and also it’s amazing contents, consisting of lovely hats, elegant clothing, and then lots of mysterious papers. All of this I found extremely fascinating. I just love reading about how Jillian does her researching, her online genealogical digging and fact finding. In this book, though, that digging actually includes going on some short road trips and doing more than just looking online. Jillian almost gets herself into some hot water….but there. I don’t want to give any spoilers.
Then there’s also Jillian’s dad, Nolan. I love him. He is such a sweet character. This book really shows him as a self-taught chef, and I just loved reading about this. He’s asked to cook for a large fundraiser event, and he agrees to it. But the guests he’s cooking for is in the neighborhood of 200, and this is quite an undertaking, even for Nolan. So he’s preparing menus, trying out new dishes, etc., to get this all figured out. The author gives many mouth watering details to tell us all about his cooking, and I really wanted to try them!
I don’t think this book deals with as much the personal issues as the earlier books did. There are some things that Jillian must deal with, and work through. As well as Lynelle, the trunk’s owner, who seemingly has many mysterious things going on.
If you enjoy reading a beautiful combination of contemporary and historical fiction, with a bit of mystery thrown in, please give this book a try!
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About the Author
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.
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Stolen Identity or Stolen Secrets?
Years ago I made a business trip to a country in Asia. Somehow I managed to pack for two weeks in carry-on luggage. This was before everyone started carrying electronic devices that required a bag of their own, and the impoverished area I visited had only intermittent electricity anyway.
When it was time to come home, my luggage met the requirements to keep it with me as I traveled halfway around the world through several airports. But at the boarding gate, a woman pushed a cart stacked with six oversized and overstuffed suitcases, insisting she had to take all of them on the plane. Her argument was that she couldn’t risk losing her personal belongings. She was moving back to the States, this was everything she owned, and she just wasn’t having this nonsense about abiding by the same limitations as the other 300 people in line or that none of those bags would fit in an overhead compartment anyway. The airline staff began waving people around her to get the large aircraft boarded on time for an international flight. She was one of the last people to take her seat—without her bags.
I admit I prefer keeping my bags with me and getting in and out of airports quickly. And once my bags didn’t come off the same plane I did, and it took a few hours for them to be delivered to me.
But what happens to truly unclaimed baggage? One-half to one percent of baggage that goes through American airports is never claimed. Airlines will try for ninety days to find the owners. If they can’t, they have to do something with it. Generally it’s sold, sight unseen, to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. There it is opened and sorted into what can be cleaned and sold in their store, what might be donated, and what has no value and is disposed of as trash. They find some pretty interesting things!
But my brain goes back to the curious question of why the baggage is unclaimed in the first place.
It’s not just because the airline lost it. We’ve all seen the lines of suitcases that baggage handlers remove from the circling conveyer belt because they’ve been around enough times that it’s obvious no one is there to pick them up after the flight. People got off the plane and left the airport without their bags. Why?
My new book, When I Meet You, raises the same question about travel in the railroad era. A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago surfaces, leading genealogist Jillian and her lawyer father, Nolan, to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.
When I Meet You is the third book in the Tree of Life series. Return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.
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