Secrets of Wayfarers Inn

Follow along as LuAnn, Tessa, and Janice – 3 life-long friends – purchase an inn in Marietta, Ohio built in 1851 and turn it into a café and bed and breakfast in Guideposts' 2018 featured fiction series, Secrets of Wayfarers Inn. As they work to remodel the neglected but elegant structure, the trio comes across hidden passages filled with secrets and surprises setting them on a course to solving mysteries from both the past and the present.

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  1. Family Secrets Book Cover

    Family Secrets - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn – Book 1

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    Follow along as LuAnn, Tessa, and Janice – 3 life-long friends – purchase an inn in Marietta, Ohio built in 1851 and turn it into a café and bed and breakfast in Guideposts' 2018 featured fiction series, Secrets of Wayfarers Inn. As they work to remodel the neglected but elegant structure, the trio comes across hidden passages filled with secrets and surprises setting them on a course to solving mysteries from both the past and the present. An aging bronze plaque on the doorpost marks the building as once being a pre-Civil-War stop on the Underground Railroad. Learn about Prudence Willard, farmer’s wife and conductor on the Underground Railroad. What secrets has Prudence left for the trio inside the building they now own? Beginning with the first book, Family Secrets, this series will have you embracing new beginnings as you cozy up with the characters and settings.


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  2. River of Life Book Cover

    River of Life - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn – Book 2

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    In Secrets of Wayfarers Inn, Book 2: River of Life, Tess finds a quilt with an unusual pattern in the underground secret room that once housed runaway slaves. Does the quilt provide something more than a source of warmth? What bygone stories and secrets are waiting to be deciphered in its intricate stitch work? Within the walls of the Wayfarers Inn, and amid the streets and residences of this historic Ohio River town, LuAnn, Tess, and Janice find evidence that exposes the darker chapters of local history—as well as its citizens’ unsung acts of heroism and kindness.

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  3. All That Remains Book Cover

    All That Remains - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn – Book 3

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    When Janice Eastman wakes from a nap to find her five-year-old grandson has gone missing, she must confront crippling fears as her search takes her into the darkest recesses of Wayfarers Inn. There, she makes a startling discovery: skeletal human remains lie alongside an antique photo of a woman holding a child. The discovery of the bones pulls her, Tess, and LuAnn into a mystery that they must quickly solve before archaeological and general curiosity from the public and media threatens to further delay the inn’s opening. Will this be the end of their dream for Wayfarers Inn? Learn More
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    Greater Than Gold - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn – Book 4

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    Wayfarers Inn finally opens, just in time for Marietta’s biggest tourist draw, the Sternwheel Festival. But LuAnn, Janice, and Tess’s excitement is tempered when the inn’s ancient elevator breaks down—and handyman Tory Thornton goes missing, leaving a bloody rag behind. When LuAnn finds a valuable and long-missing bracelet in Thorn’s toolbox, suspicions mount—as do the suspects. Has Thorn run off with a treasure that had been hidden in the inn centuries before . . . or has an old enemy caught
    up with him?

    As LuAnn and her friends seek to learn more about 
    the bracelet, and how it ended up at the inn, they uncover a tale of theft, betrayal, and sacrifice that dates to the Civil War. As the clues pile up, both for and against Thorn, and hidden pieces of his past come to light, the friends find themselves asking the age-old question: How well do you ever really know someone? And how do you ever know what to believe about the people you think you know? Learn More
  5. A Flame in the Night Book Cover

    A Flame in the Night - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn – Book 5

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    When Marla Still surprises the Inn Crowd with news of her engagement, she recruits Janice Eastman to help her plan her dream wedding—and Janice has only two weeks to do it. Marla, who had nearly given up on falling in love, dreams of hearing church bells toll on her wedding day. But the bells at Christ Fellowship haven’t tolled for decades, not since the belfry became a catch-all storage area for the belongings of some church members—including Marla—when the Ohio River flooded their homes. When Janice,Tess, and LuAnn clean out the belfry, they find an old Bible from Marla’s ancestor, famed abolitionist William Still, which Janice takes for safekeeping. That night a suspicious fire breaks out in the bell tower. Was someone trying to destroy this valuable piece of history—or just trying to spoil Marla’s wedding plans? 

    Meanwhile, red flags arise for Janice as she learns more about 
    Marla’s husband-to-be. Is he the gem Marla believes him to be? Or does he have more sinister motives?


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  6. Never the Twain Shall Meet - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn - Book 6

    Never the Twain Shall Meet - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn - Book 6

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    The Inn Crowd is thrilled when Moses Willard V, the greatgreat-great-grandson of Prudence and Jason Willard, arrives with his family to stay at Wayfarers Inn—bringing a mystery with him. A series of cryptic notes suggest that someone is holding the Willard family “treasure” for ransom. But who? And what could this treasure be? As Tess, LuAnn, and Janice help Moses search for answers, Thanksgiving draws near and preparations for the holiday are underway. But when Tess and her grown daughter, Lizzie, discuss holiday plans, something goes awry, and Tess is left feeling rejected and unwanted. Can Tess’s friends help her open the lines of communication and patch up their misunderstanding?

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  7. The Innkeepers' Conundrum

    The Innkeepers' Conundrum - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn - Book 7

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    It’s Christmastime in Marietta, and at Wayfarers Inn the season is in full swing. When the final touches of LuAnn Sherrill’s decorations blow a fuse, she and Realtor Brad Grimes look for a way not to overload the circuits—or sacrifice any of her hard work. But after an antique mirror crashes to the floor in one of the guest rooms, their mission is temporarily forgotten as they try to figure out what caused it to fall. As more mysterious mishaps occur, LuAnn and her friends begin to wonder if someone is trying to sabotage the inn.


    Amid all the chaos, LuAnn deals with the unexpected loneliness of her first Christmas since her mother died. When she finds a little dog scratching at the inn’s back door, and that little dog leads her to a kitten, she finds her grief a bit more bearable. But where did the duo come from? And can she convince her friends—especially Tess, who takes an uncharacteristic dislike to the furry pair—to let them stay for good?

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  8. At Face Value

    At Face Value - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn - Book 8

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    When the Ohio River freezes over, the friends take advantage of the rare occurrence to refresh their skating skills. But their elation quickly gives way to curiosity when they find a unique old leather purse that holds a Civil War-era recipe for soup. Winnie is delighted to try it out—minus, of course, the cryptic addition of five poisonous toadstools noted on the recipe! The women’s excitement is shattered when the first person to taste the soup—a public radio correspondent, staying at the inn while she researches her ancestor, a respected judge during the Civil War—becomes dreadfully ill after eating it.


    Meanwhile, Tess’s melancholy memories of her beloved late husband, Jeffrey, surface on the anniversary of their first date—on ice skates—and his marriage proposal that followed at the same place a year later. A revelation from a charming Marietta newcomer further stirs up her feelings of grief and loss. Can Tess find a way for her heart to move on and embrace the possibility of love again?

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  9. Moonlit Shadows

    Moonlit Shadows - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn - Book 9

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    It’s almost Valentine’s Day at Wayfarers Inn, and the Inn Crowd is just days away from hosting Marietta Moonlight, their first sweetheart banquet. To add to the chaos, staff members from a nearby conference are also arriving to stay at the inn. But nothing is going right—the catering company declares bankruptcy, and their guest speaker slips on the ice and fractures her leg, leaving the Inn Crowd in the lurch. Two guests arrive who may be answers to their prayers . . . or the cause of yet more stress. An hour after RJ Dulak and Brin McLoughlin arrive, back-to-back, RJ claims he’s been robbed. Is it just a coincidence that Brin showed up moments after RJ? Janice, LuAnn, and Tess spring into sleuth mode once again, determined to uncover the truth—and prevent the Valentine Villain from spoiling the banquet. Meanwhile, an old photo of Stuart leads Janice to wonder if her son has kept a very big secret from her for the past twenty years. Learn More
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    Picture This - Secrets of Wayfarers Inn - Book 10

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    Wayfarers Inn is participating in Marietta’s famous First Friday event, combining it with an artist reception for photographer Grant Grimes, Brad’s brother. The event is a smashing success, with Grant selling out his stock of photos, and Thorn proposing to his ex-wife, Beverly. The event is made even more perfect when one of their inn guests, Ellie, offers to plan Thorn and Beverly’s wedding on the spot—though the enchanted proposal loses some of its shine when LuAnn finds herself shouldering the burden.
    Ellie has arrived with her cousin Marsha, but the women’s con-stant bickering and opposite personalities make the Inn Crowd wonder if they are even related. And when Marsha appears to leave without a word of explanation, the friends suspect something more sinister at play. Can the Inn Crowd find Marsha and learn the truth behind the contentious cousins’ bizarre behavior? Learn More

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