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When a Stranger Knocks

Meet Peggy

Some insights about the author

PEGGY ANN SHUMWAY grew up in California’s San Francisco Bay Area and is proud of her mixed Portuguese and Welsh ancestry. She has a degree in multimedia, and when not writing or creating graphics, she dabbles in family history. When a Stranger Knocks allowed her to explore her roots and, combined with her love of history, instilled a greater appreciation for those ancestors. Peggy lives in Arizona with her interminable library and a precarious tower of crafts. You can find out more information about Peggy and her books at

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Book One: Faith, Freedom, and Posterity Series

Vestiges Book Cover
Five Star rating from Readers' Favorites

When anthropology professor Oneida Graham is summoned home to Hopewell, her estranged and dying grandmother entangles her in a Michigan Relic mystery, which is possibly the reason someone murdered her Grandfather Graham fifty years ago. Before the woman dies, Gran dubs Neida The Awaited One and pleads that she fulfill the prophecy and return the relic before it’s too late.


Neida pairs up with archaeologist Lance Graham, a long-separated cousin of sorts, connected through her grandmother’s marriage. When the duo discovers pertinent clues in Hopewell’s library and in Gran’s old journals, they embark on a frantic hunt to find the treasure and the person responsible for their grandfather’s demise. But they are running out of time. The diabolical forces at play just might beat them to the target and destroy the treasured secrets for good.  


Will Neida learn in time the key to her pragmatic heart and embrace the love she desperately needs? Will she and Lance uncover the vestiges of the past and understand just what they mean to the rest of the world? Only her last unthinkable discovery will tell the ultimate tale.

What Readers Say About When a Stranger Knocks


The story is well-paced and captivating from start to finish. The author skillfully keeps readers engaged, and the language is straightforward and easy to understand. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’m eager to explore more of her work in the future.

 Wanda Adams Fischer

 Reedsy Discovery

Not since I read the John Steinbeck classic The Grapes of Wrath do I remember a book that brought to life the many struggles of farmers in California, as well as refugees from the Dust Bowl who migrated to California in search of a new life. Perhaps someone who picks up this book will also stay up until 3:30 AM reading it. Believe me, it's worth it.
This gripping story kept me hooked from start to finish. Shumway’s dialogue is skillfully crafted, and her characters are richly developed. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author.

What Readers Say About Vestiges

Rachel D.

“Beautifully written with vibrant characters and a deeply intriguing plot. This novel has all the feels and is one of those rare stories you wish would keep going!"

The Prairies Book Review

"Gripping, meticulously researched, and twisty... A page-turner. Shumway's debut installment in the Faith, Freedom, and Posterity Series is as engrossing as it is thought-provoking."

The Book Commentary

“Vestiges is well-plotted, beautifully paced, and suspenseful, a story with every enticing element readers look for in gripping suspense narratives —great writing, exceptional plot twists, and characters that are unforgettable."


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