Monday, November 14, 2011

House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson

House of Secrets, Tracie Peterson, 978-0-7642-0618-4

From the Back Cover:

When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters, Geena and Piper, quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past.

Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago...of an ill mother, and of their father making a desperate choice. They vowed, as children, to be silent--but one sister believes the truth must now be revealed. Yet can they trust their memories?

Mark Delahunt arrives in the wake of this emotional turmoil. Determined to win Bailee's affection, Mark becomes the strong fortress for her in this time of confusion, and what was once a tentative promise begins to take root and grow. Caught between the past and an uncertain future, can Bailee let God guide her to heal the past and ultimately to embrace love?

My Review:

Wow, what a great book, I forgot how good contemporary fiction is from Tracie Peterson. She has only written a few in this genre and they are her best writing. I enjoy reading her historical fiction but tend to get worn out of it after awhile, but this book is fantastic and better then I expected. While reading it I thought I had things figured out a few times, but Tracie kept surprising me with new twists and turns.

This book is definitely on the deeper side and deals with some pretty tough issues:mental illness and the effects of keeping secrets on a family. So don't pick up this book expecting a light fluffy read, but a book that will make you think and feel for the characters. This book is my favorite kind and wish there were more like it in christian fiction. Tracie Peterson really can write for this genre and needs to do it more often. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book. A 5 star book that will be re read many times in the future.

*I received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review. Thank you Bethany House.

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