by Elizabeth Goddard
Recently I visited the Science Museum of Minnesota with my family. We saw their new exhibit, Mummies: New Secrets from the Tomb, which was loaned out from the renowned Chicago Field Museum to only four cities in the country. So we didn’t want to miss seeing this! I love taking my kids to museums where they can learn so much more than from simply reading a textbook.
Most of the mummies remained wrapped–they have never been unwrapped. Today we have new technology so it’s no longer necessary to unwrap a mummy to see what’s inside. From CT scans they can see inside and learn much about what’s beneath the wrapping–man, woman or child, or woman and child. Their teeth tell us how old and we can also potentially discover the cause of death or the diseases suffered. I wonder what other secrets we can discover through a CT scan?
As a writer, my brain naturally starts asking all those “what if” questions. I’ve trained myself to constantly be on the lookout for a new story. Even when all I want to do is spend a day out and enjoy a museum with my family, the story ideas start gathering in the back of my mind.
Looking at mummies, I couldn’t help but wonder about each person’s story. I wonder about their life—did they suffer or have a good life? What secrets did they keep? A forbidden love perhaps? Or some crime they’d committed when no one was looking.
When someone is mummified, wrapped and buried with a pot or a toy or a charm that had some significance to them—what secrets did they take to the grave with them?
Before I saw the mummies exhibit, I had already written my last Mountain Cove novel, releasing this week! My heroine, Jewel Caraway made a mistake years ago. A mistake that she regrets.
I can relate to having regrets. What about you?
Jewel’s simple decision turned out to have far-reaching repercussions. If only we could know the future—how many decisions would we make differently?
But we can go to God and give him our burdens and accept His grace. In His word He says: As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12.
TRAIL OF SECRETS
Jewel Caraway thought she’d left her mistakes in the past—but then her past arrives
at her door. Though she’s thrilled to reunite with her estranged sister, something about her sister’s new husband makes Jewel uneasy. Does he know her secret? Is he the one behind the growing list of attacks against her? And if he is involved…does that mean her sister is, too? With nowhere else to turn, Jewel must rely on police chief Colin Winters—the first man to make the widow question her resolve to never love again. But will he stay by her side when her guarded secrets are revealed?
Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide
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