Book Review,  Historical Fiction

This is Where it Ends by Cindy K Sproles

How long is a body expected to keep a secret?



When Minerva Jane Jenkins was just 14 years old, she married a man who moved her to the mountains. He carried with him a small box, which he told her was filled with gold. And when he died 50 years later, he made her promise to keep his secret. She is to tell no one about the box or the treasure it contains.

Now 94, Minerva is nearing the end of what has sometimes been a lonely life. But she’s kept that secret. Even so, rumors of hidden gold have a way of spreading, and Minerva is visited by a reporter, Del Rankin, who wants to know more of her story. His friend who joins him only wants to find the location of the gold. Neither of them knows quite who they’re up against when it comes to the old woman on the mountain.

As an unlikely friendship develops, Minerva is tempted to reveal her secret to Del. After all, how long is one bound by a promise? But the truth of what’s really buried in the box may be hidden even from her.



What an incredible story. Be warned that if you are at all tender-hearted, you’ll need the Kleenex for this one. Cindy K. Sproles is a “new to me” author and I’m delighted to have read this story about the wilds of the mountains and the people that lived in Kentucky in the 18oo’s. Minerva Jane Jenkins begins as a crusty old character within her shell, and as the story unfolds, layer by layer, we find out the hardships and the mysteries surrounding her life and the secrets kept by her husband. She’d sworn to keep his secrets, but what it does to her, and those she comes to love, is what this story is about. Del Rankin comes into her life, just when it needs a bit of shaking up.

What a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of what happens when the truth wins!

The book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. My opinion is my own.


Cindy K. Sproles is an author and speaker. Raised and living in the mountains of East Tennessee, she spins tales of life in the deep crevices of the Appalachian mountains. Cindy is proud of her mountain heritage and her desire is to see this culture live on in history


Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020.

Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband and their young adult children.

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