About the Book
Book: Jacob’s Well
Author: Urcelia Teixeira
Genre: Christian Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: April 28, 2023
“A mother knows. At least, that’s what everyone told her. That she’d know when something was wrong. Feel it. Deep inside as if there was an invisible cord that had stayed behind the day she brought her son into this life.
Well, they were wrong. Dead wrong.
She didn’t know her son at all. But then, he didn’t know her either.”
©Urcelia Teixeira – Excerpt Jacob’s Well. All rights reserved.
Dark secrets swirl around the small coastal town of Weyport as Mary-Jean Foley discovers just how far she would go to protect her son.
Even with a new sheriff in town. Even when her husband doesn’t agree. Even when she thinks God isn’t looking.
But how far is too far and at what cost?
As newly appointed small-town Sheriff Angus Reid settles into Weyport, it doesn’t take him long to discover just how corrupt his new town is. With a desk full of suspicious open cases and too much to prove, he is determined to rid his town of crime and win the hearts of his people.
But when two teenagers suddenly go missing, it lays bare sinister secrets and emotional ties that threaten to derail his investigation.
And as the case untangles, the secrets buried deep within the coastal borders of the tight-knit community slowly bubble to the surface.
Determined to find justice for the missing boys and their families, he races against the clock to find them. Unbeknownst of the dark forces that rage against him.
Then he gets a call that a body has been found…
If you enjoy suspenseful, twisty secrets and lies mystery novels that are rooted in faith and leave your heart in your throat, you will have a hard time putting down this page-turning Christian mystery and suspense novel.
Get ready to be taken on an emotional journey through a town where it seems everyone has a secret.
About the Author
As the author of a dozen plus Christian suspense thrillers, Urcelia Teixeira writes to first and foremost, bring glory to God. Then, to delight, entertain, and encourage her readers by creating pulse-pounding stories that are infused with inspiration and biblical truths.
Readers have said her books are “addictive and impossible to put down!”
They describe her work as being “prolific and well written stories that keep you in suspense,” and love her “imagery and attention to detail” that swoop them into the minds of her characters ” as if watching a blockbuster movie!”
Many of her readers appreciate the clean action scenes and love that her “faith shines through in her writing as she stays true to herself, giving pause to contemplate.”
More from Urcelia
Many years ago God gave me a prophetic scripture through which He named me Hephzibah (meaning ‘My delight is in her’). Some time after that, life happened and for a long while I felt unworthy of that name. But, God showed me grace in this area for the nearly ten years that followed and, although I never aspired to be a writer, I wrote my first ever book on a bucket list whim in December 2017. Somehow it evolved into a series, but, while writing the fifth book in my Alex Hunt adventure thriller series, I felt the Holy Spirit nudging and directing me into using my God-given talent for enhancing His Kingdom instead. I obeyed and wrote the final book in that series, The Caiaphas Code, as my statement of faith before switching to writing Christian mystery and suspense instead. Two days later, the idea for Every Good Gift was born and the day I finished writing the last sentence of this book, I heard the Lord whisper in my ear, Hephzibah, Hephzibah, over and over. That has been the most noteworthy highlight of my short career so far: knowing that I have pleased God.
My heart and soul went into writing Jacob’s Well. I have three teenage sons, and raising them in a world filled with all kinds of temptation is not easy. They have to cope with so much more than we had to as kids: social media bullying, peer pressure to fit into a pretentious world that seems to intensify overnight, the lure of riches through online gaming or videos instead of education, to name but a few. But through the years, the pull of narcotics has remained the primary evil that threatens to destroy our children. I am blessed to have boys who aren’t scared to share their struggles with us and upon hearing a few of the stories about kids in their schools and our town, one of the main characters in Jacob’s Well was born. On the flip side, I have a mother’s heart and imagining what it would be like to watch your child go down the wrong path added in an entirely different element to the story, especially if that mother was a Christian. The spiritual and emotional battles that would rage within, the helplessness and desperation that come with wanting to do whatever it takes to save your son, the pride within your church community––these are all human responses. And that is how Mary-Jean Foley’s character was born.
Throw in a lawman and a villain in a coastal town where everyone has a secret and Jacob’s Well spilled out onto the pages!
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“By the time Jake had managed to successfully sneak out of the house and leaped off their front porch, his heart was pounding inside his chest. He was late. That could cost him everything.”
Jake enters an illegal money-making scheme with pure motivation: to help his family financially. But he talked himself into wrongdoing and ignores his conscience. When the sheriff starts to wonder if jake is involved in something illegal, no one is willing to acknowledge the possibility. Until trouble comes …
The sheriff was an admirable character. He wanted to right the wrongs of his predecessor. He was willing to do above and beyond to do his job.
I felt sorry for Jacob. He wanted to help but was misguided. Immaturity guided his steps.
Jacob’s mom was unhinged. I do not think I would portray such desperation – her actions annoyed me. I loved the lesson that she learned at the end – that made both the title and the storyline make more sense.
Jacob’s step-dad was a flat character. His motivation for impressing others was also annoying. He did not want to do the right thing with the right motivation. Only one side of him was portrayed.
The book ended abruptly. So much was left open-ended. I do know that there is another book in the series. But it appears that another main character will join the sheriff. I would maybe read that title. This book could be good for those who like suspense. I simply thought it was okay. 3.5 stars to 4.0 stars.
I was given a copy of this book for a tour. I wanted to read and review it. All opinions are my own.