A review by farmfreshlisa
The Lost Boys of Barlowe Theater by Jaime Jo Wright


Seriously. If you know you have a thing for ghost-like stories, but want to avoid them but still experience the thrill--you need to go for Jaime Jo Wright. She somehow manages to give you the spooky vibes, yet weaves excellent faith lines throughout her book.

This is a dual time story that progresses sequentially--so as things are mentioned in the modern day--you see it play out in the timeslip. PLUS you get answers to the questions and "unsolved mysteries" from the modern day. So like you have a behind the scenes look.

speaking of behind the scenes...that's what this book is in a sense. Which is fun since it takes place surrounding the Barlowe Theater. Our main characters are Kit Boyd and Greta Mercy. Kit is modern day and Greta Mercy is in the past. Both women are experiencing a connection with the Barlowe Theater--Kit because her best friend Madison just went missing in it. Greta because she saw a woman drop a baby over the balcony during a performance and no one believes her--and her brother died in construction--and now her OTHER brother has disappeared inside the theater!

Kit struggles with deep deep deep seated fear of abandonment and that loyalty and love have a time limit due to her abandonment as a baby. Even though she has a beautiful family that adopted her shortly after--she has lived her whole life trying not to upset the apple cart for fear that it will then cease the love. And now with her friend disappeared--she has panic attacks because it is bringing those feelings of abandonment to life. she even projects this into her relationship with God--convinved that at some point God will be done with her.

This is woven throughout the book in her interactions with others and part of her inner dialogue. I think it's something that I'm sure others who have dealt in adoption, foster care, or abandonment would relate to. I appreciate it because I kept finding myself going--HOW can you think those things? And just having to accept that I cannot project my own background and emotional strength onto someone else. I have to accept that they have a perspective different than my own.

and that my that my friends is why reading is soooo important.

Okay--now back to the plot. I always find it interesting how Jaime ties in the modern line characters to the historical characters. Even if you see the name connections--it's never QUITE what you think.

I also liked how the Grove House goes from being a place where to put people no one wants--to being a restoration and helping place as a food pantry.

I give this one a full 4 stars. :)

**I was given an ARC copy from the publishers and NetGalley. All opinions are 100% my own and I was not required to write a positive review.