Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Passages of Hope by Terri J. Haynes

Book: Passages of Hope

Author: Terri J. Haynes

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance

Release date: November, 2022

Discover the Story Behind a Secret Passageway

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Gracie Kingston begins renovations on the Philadelphia house inherited from her grandmother and finds a secret room. It is connected to a house nearby, the home of William Still, the man known as the father of the Underground Railroad. As she researches, she discovers a mystery in her house’s ownership. In 1855, Olivia Kingston helps a mother and her young child by hiding them in a secret room in her home. As she helps, she learns that there may be an impostor conductor in their community. As Gracie’s and Olivia’s stories intertwine, they learn the meaning of sacrifice and love.


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Passages of Hope Terri J. Haynes is a Historical Fiction with a Dual-Time Spilt. It is Book 10 in the Doors to the Past series published by Barbour Books with varying authors for the books. I have been reading through the series and enjoying it very much.

Gracie Kingston just inherited her Grandmother's house in Philadelphia. She begins to renovate it and discovers a Secret Room in the house. She is really intrigued when she discovers the Room is connected to a nearby house. The house is that of William Still, the man known to have worked the Underground Railroad. Gracie discovers something about her own home while doing research on the Secret Room. The discovery takes us back to 1855 when Olivia Kingston hid a mother and her child in the Secret Room. Olivia needed to be careful with how much she helped as they were FREE Blacks and living during dangerous times for Black people. Gracie discovers how much she and Olivia are alike. What other discoveries will Gracie find during this renovation? 

The book was a definite Page Turner with the action between 1855 and the present time. Dual time Line books truly fascinate and intrigue me. I have always been intrigued by the Underground Railroad, there is even a stop in the Chicagoland area near where I live. The author really made me feel like I was back in 1855 in Philidephia where the story took place.  I really LOVED all the characters, especially the present time Characters: Gracie and Clarence. I LOVE how their romance blossomed throughout the book, a little fast at first, but their relationship was sweet. The Doors to the Past Series books are Stand Alone books and each one tells a GREAT part of History! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction and dual-time spilt novels! GREAT BOOK!

Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, writer, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As she grew, her love for writing grew as she tried her hand at poetry, articles, speeches and fiction. She is storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers in the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.
Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Her publishing credits include: Cup of Comfort for Military Families,, the Secret Place Devotional,, Vista Devotional, and Publisher’s Weekly.
Terri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and a certificate in creative writing and graphic design, meeting the minimal requirements of being a geek. She and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters.


More from Terri

Family, Underground Railroad, two strong Black women, and knitting in one book? Yes.


As an author, I explore my world with curiosity. I find many subjects interesting and it shows in this book. It’s not often that an author can combine such a range of topics in one novel. I’m so glad I got to do it for this one.


In addition to being an author, I am a knitter, crocheter, indie yarn dyer, business owner, unofficial historian, wife, mother, and sister. At first glance, all those things seem too different to combine in one book. But they weave together so perfectly.


Life is a tapestry of many colors knit together and my goal was to show that. That family and history, grieving and crafting, struggle and triumph, are all entwined threads. Their vibrancy can be combined to create a beautiful project, the pain and joy both add hue and color to life. This is what I hope you find in this book.

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Pause for Tales, December 11

Labor Not in Vain, December 11

Betti Mace, December 12

Marriage, Motherhood, & Homeschool, December 12

To celebrate her tour, Terri is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your release of Passages of Hope, Terri, your book sounds like a wonderful book for me to read Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Thanks, Kendra, for sharing your review!

Have a magical holiday season!

Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a good story.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I’m looking forward to reading this intriguing dual timeline.

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

I really enjoyed this book!

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of  Passages of Hope, this sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to it

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