Saturday, November 5, 2022

Review of Nightfall in the Garden of Deep Time by Tracy Higley

 Today I want to introduce you to an author I just recently read. I read her novel entitled, "Nightfall in the Garden of Deep Time," and was surprisingly impressed with her style of writing and the quality of the book. I love a good time-slip historical novel and this one entertained me beyond what I expected.  Highly recommended- Julie.

What if you stumbled into a timeless party, in a secret garden only you could see?

Kelsey Willoughby doesn’t have time to pursue her writing dreams. Imagination doesn’t pay the bills, and she’s busy saving her beautiful city bookshop from online competition, hotel developers, and the sneaking suspicion that nobody reads anymore.

Not to mention all those voices telling her she doesn’t have talent.

But then the vacant lot of weeds next door starts to shimmer.

When Kelsey stumbles into a luminous nighttime garden party, larger than the vacant lot that holds it and filled with enigmatic guests, she suspects they hold the key to saving the bookshop, and perhaps even to her own mysterious origins.

But answers aren’t forthcoming, not until Kelsey is willing to confront her past, step into her potential, and push deeper into the unknown edges of the garden, where an unexpected journey takes her into a world of dangerous revelation.


I've been writing adventure stories since the time I first picked up a pencil. I still have my first "real" novel--the story I began at the age of eight during a family trip to New York City.

Through my childhood I wrote short stories, plays for my friends to perform (sometimes I had to bribe them), and even started a school newspaper (OK, I was the editor, journalist and photographer since no one took that bribe to join me). Then there were the "drama years" of junior high, when I filled a blank journal with romance and poetry. Sigh.

In my adult years I finally got serious about publishing suspense fiction, and have since authored twelve novels in twelve years.

When I'm not writing, life is full of other adventures--running a business, raising kids, and my favorite pastime: traveling the world.

I started traveling to research my novels and fell in love with experiencing other cultures. It's my greatest hope that you'll feel like you've gotten to travel to the settings of my books, through the sights, sounds, smells, colors, and textures I try to bring back from my travels and weave into my stories.

To experience my travel journals and see the romantic settings of my books, I hope you'll visit my website at or meet up with me on Facebook at


5 Star

This book by far is one of the most enjoyable and intriguing books I've read this year. If I had to compare it to another book which is similar, I would have to go with Rachel Hauck's, Fifth Avenue Society which I enjoyed also.

The author's writing style is unique, and she has a way with words that is pure magic. Nightfall in the Garden of Deep Time is a very relatable story with an underlying deep message for any creative but melded together with fantasy with an edginess that keeps you wondering what reality is.

I simply could not put it down. The characters had me hooked from the beginning and Kelsey and her adopted mother, Elizabeth's secrecy added to the plot wonderfully. The storyline makes you think, trying to sort out the real from the imaginary. The ending was a surprise and loved it. It will touch your heart in ways you can't imagine.

I received an ARC from the author and voluntarily choose to review it.

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