Book Review | Undercurrent of Secrets

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Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel.

Book Blurb

Two women, a century apart, are bound by a haunting secret aboard a legendary steamboat.

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

As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in seeing others’ dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn’t planned on was Chase Jones showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s.

A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain, her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie’s determined to discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall’s handsome skin.

From Goodreads

Author Information

I’m an award-winning Christian romance writer. I hope to inspire the mind and refresh the soul with words infused with faith and heart. Because I could never resist a good mystery, suspense and intrigue routinely sneak into my stories. My work is represented by Julie Gwinn from the Seymour Agency. I currently enjoy life with my husband and two children.

From Author Website

Danielle’s Review

Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel is part of the Doors to the Past series. In this split time story, we follow Devyn Asbury as she uncovers the secrets surrounding Hattie Louis, who worked aboard the same steamboat as Devyn, only 100 years earlier.

Steamboats and a story line set during the 1920s? I knew I’d enjoy this story! Hattie was a fun character who had quite the collection of secrets surrounding her. I kept trying to figure out how she related to Devyn’s story, but the author did a fabulous job of slowly unfolding details at just the right pace to keep me guessing.

And I very much wanted the two two romances, the one in the present and the one in the past, to work out. Whether they would and how it would all play out … those questions kept me turning the pages. And I loved how it all tuned out. The ending was fantastic!

Stories like this are ones readers have to experience, so I won’t say anything more. I highly recommend you give Undercurrent of Secrets a read.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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