Secrets of Wayfarers Inn

Follow along as LuAnn, Tessa, and Janice – 3 life-long friends – purchase an inn in Marietta, Ohio built in 1851 and turn it into a café and bed and breakfast in Guideposts' 2018 featured historical fiction series, Secrets of Wayfarers Inn. As they work to remodel the neglected but elegant structure, the trio comes across hidden passages filled with secrets and surprises setting them on a course to solving mysteries from both the past and the present. An aging bronze plaque on the doorpost marks the building as once being a pre-Civil-War stop on the Underground Railroad. Beginning with the first book, Family Secrets, this series will have you embracing new beginnings as you cozy up with the characters and settings.

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Secrets of Wayfarers Inn

Series Information

On the banks of the Ohio River, in the historic town of Marietta, Ohio, a trio of good friends stumbles across an empty historic waterfront stone building while house hunting. Next to a Realtor’s "For Sale" sign, an aging bronze plaque on the doorpost marks the building as once being a pre-Civil-War stop on the Underground Railroad. The four-story building, originally built as a hotel, was most recently used as a warehouse for goods arriving via river barges, but it has sat empty for the past decade. On a whim, LuAnn Sherrill, Tess Wallace, and Janice Eastman start to think of what a beautiful bed-and-breakfast this could be. When all is said and done, these three friends are the proud co-owners of the neglected but elegant structure, which they plan to renovate and open as a café and B&B known as Wayfarers Inn. While remodeling, they come across hidden passages, filled with secrets and surprises of all sorts, which set them on a course to solving mysteries.

As the trio of friends are drawn further and further into the mysteries of the inn and the town of Marietta, with its intriguing antebellum heritage, each one finds her own personal faith enriched—in both God and humankind.

Treat yourself to Guideposts’ newest Christian Mystery series, Secrets of Wayfarers Inn, where pre-Civil War mysteries abound in these cozy fiction books about faith and friendship.

Character Information

  • LuAnn Sherrill, the adventurous ringleader of the group of retired school teachers, and an English teacher for thirty-five years, a great cook and talkative/loves people—her friends say she is “the best talker-to-people” they know; LuAnn just sold her home and moved to Marietta so they could have more adventures together; a natural, silver-haired woman elegant yet with a little spunk
  • Trudy Wallace, LuAnn’s longtime friend and a teacher of hotel services classes; currently renting a home; She’s a red-head constantly touching up her grays
  • Janice Eastman, lived in Marietta all her life, a teacher of home economics—now called domestic arts. Currently living with her daughter; a natural blonde also probably dyed at this point in her life
  • Real estate agent Bradley Grimes who has taken a special interest in the riverfront building he recently sold, as well as one of the new owners, LuAnn.

Location Information

Marietta, Ohio

Established in 1788, Marietta is the oldest city in the state of Ohio, and the first official American settlement territory north and west of the Ohio River. Known as the “Riverboat Town,” it is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. Washington County’s earliest visitors arrived more than 2,000 years ago, and today thousands of visitors continue to come to the area each year to enjoy its charm, natural beauty, flowing rivers and rich heritage.

The Underground Railroad

In 1795, Washington County became a small but influential part of the anti-slavery movement. Activists within the county became reliable conductors on the Underground Railroad. The Muskingum River acted as a major byway in the 1800s for travelers on the Underground Railroad. Today, visitors can take a tour of Underground Railroad sites throughout the county, or view a permanent exhibit at the Belpre Historical Society.

Enjoy each book in this series written by some of your favorite authors: Becky Melby, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Tracey Bateman, Roseanna White, Ellen Kennedy, Beth Adams, Virginia (Ginny) Smith, Kim Vogel Sawyer, and Ocieanna Fleiss.


Watch our interview with the author of Family Secrets, Becky Melby, to get behind the scenes information on the parallels between the modern and historical characters and themes of ministry and support featured in this riveting new mystery. Plus, you'll learn secrets behind the real life building on which the Wayfarers Inn is based and clues to upcoming plot twists featured in subsequent books in this series.