Path of the Guiding Light - Book Review


Path of the Guiding Light

Author: Sharon K. Middleton
Genre: Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date Published: December 23, 2020
ISBN-10: 1684336015
ISBN-13: 9781684336012


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Book Review of :  Path of the Guiding Light


Author, Sharon K. Middleton, has written another intriguing historical novel in Path of the Guiding Light. The author’s ability to tell fascinating romantic and highly imaginative adventure stories with historically precise details is amazing. With time travel as an integral part of the plot, she accurately incorporates different historical eras and settings as her characters’ lives diverge 250 years from the late 1700s to the modern world. 

Baylie Smith was introduced in a previous novel as a minor character in contemporary society. Through her association with many of the other characters who had experienced time travel, she chose to leave her ex-husband, an unsatisfying job, and family to travel back to 1787. Baily is of Cherokee heritage and a historian, so she feels prepared to enter the world of displaced Native Americans. She doesn’t realize that by her travel to Before from Beyond, she is fulfilling a tribal prophecy. Baylie struggles to become assimilated into the past culture by being trained as a warrior and participating in a battle.

She becomes the reluctant enslaver of a white captive, who is a central character from a previous novel. The character, O’Malley, had been presumed dead but has resurfaced to cause havoc. He is trying to find Fancy, his estranged wife, not knowing she has traveled to the Beyond. Baylie tries to explain time travel to him. “You can only go if you are supposed to go…if the Great Spirit allows it.”

Baylie is courted and stalked by one mighty warrior but is secretly in love with Chief Shadow Wolf.  Does he love her also? During this period a captor escapes through the time gate and disappears into the future. The tribe insists that Baylie travel to Beyond to bring him back. The time traveler’s adventure in the modern world leads to a new romance, while Baylie’s leads to heartache. She had become pregnant before leaving Before with a child who would be suffering from Down syndrome. In the modern world, the child would be cared for and treated with compassion, but in the Native American culture of the late 1700s, the infant would probably be killed. What is her part in the prophecy now that she is Beyond and pregnant?

This tale involves many interwoven subplots, which become more fascinating as the reader tries to predict their outcome. Middleton shines when transitioning between the past and present with flashbacks, intricately layering and revealing the plot. The satisfactory conclusion involves the addition of new characters and the promise of another captivating novel.

Path of the Guiding Light is more than just a love story. Middleton writes it all with clarity and precision, creating a bond between a sizable and captivating cast of characters while engaging readers with vivid imagery and skilled craftsmanship. Middleton’s plotlines borrow equally from adventure, history, and romance; while meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down its pace. The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga. 

Reviewed by: Carole W

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About Sharon K. Middleton


I am a fourth-generation Texan who grew up in San Antonio. My first relative was a boy who came to the Colonies in 1747 as a Scottish indentured servant at age 12. My great-grandmother immigrated from Mexico in the 1890s.

I am a semi-retired attorney with a family practice near Houston, Texas. I write, quilt, and raise and show Skye terriers. I love North Georgia and we hope to retire there next year. We finally bought our land overlooking the Cohutta Wilderness I love so much!

The McCarron's Daughter is not a typical romance. Fancy has been seriously abused both while growing up by her older brother by adoption, Tom Selk, and is later abused as a young woman during the Revolutionary War. War is never kind to women and children. Fancy must learn to love herself despite the abuse she has suffered and to allow herself to move beyond her youthful abuse to be able to find the love of her life. Although not a typical romance, the McCarron's Daughter won two awards for literary excellence, the Pencraft Award for Historical Romance in 2019, and the Texas Best Book Awards in Historical Romance in 2020. She finds her happy-ever-after in Diary of the Reluctant Duchess.

Path of the Guiding Light was released on 12-20. It is about Baylie Smith, the Cherokee woman who goes back in time to help fulfill part of the prophecy only to be sent back to the future to resolve a problem. Once returned to the future, she learns she is expecting a 'differently-abled child. Will she be able to return to the past and help her people avoid the Trail of Tears? Will she be reunited with Shadow Wolf, the love of her life? How will her 'differently abled' baby fit into the prophecy?

My next book, The McCarron'a Destiny, is about Charlie, who will be going back in time to assume his duties as Duke Ranscome. Didn't you wonder how on earth Fancy could be a Duchess? Charlie love with, Kelly Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American girl. Will she go back in time, too? What problems will a mixed-race couple face in Regency England? The McCarron's Destiny comes out 10-14, and Charlie's cover will be quite different from earlier covers!

I enjoy writing about children as they are growing up. This is the first book of the next generation as we move closer to helping the Cohutta Cherokees move westward to Oklahoma before the infamous Trail of Tears.

The next book deals with Elizabeth, who falls in love with Dr. Ari Hotep. After Elizabeth will come Sara, with an unexpected mystery. Check back to see what is coming next!

I hope you enjoy the books. If you do, be sure to leave positive feedback. You can reach me at if you have ideas about future plots or other constructive suggestions.

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