Thursday, October 27, 2011

House Of Secrets: A Book Review

About The Book:

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 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. One sister believes their silence must end and the truth be revealed. But they soon come to wonder if they can trust their memories.

Mark Delahunt arrives in the wake of this emotional turmoil. Determined to win Bailee's affection, Mark becomes a 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 healing...or will she risk losing the chance to embrace love?

About The Author:

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.

 Visit Tracie's Web site and her blog

My Review:

Your emotions will take quite a journey as you read through Peterson's most recent release, House of Secrets. I have been a fan of Tracie Peterson for a very long time, and I would have to say this is the most emotionally charged book I have read by her. 

Mental illness is not a topic that is discussed much in the church, but it is so necessary to be. Thank you to the author for taking on a very difficult topic and using it as the forefront of the novel,  writing about it with honesty, and a wonderful sensitivity. It is very apparent that Peterson's research for this book was extensive. The characters are all very well developed, as is the story line, and there is just enough of intermingling of emotions, faith, and romance to keep the book interesting right to the very last pages.

 Although I have been a fan of Peterson's for a long time, and I really enjoy her historical fiction novels, I do believe I am far prefering her contemporary fiction better. Maybe it's because they are more current or relatable, I am not sure. But if you are a fan of Peterson's work, you need to read this book! A great reminder that we can move on from the hurts of the past, and that family history does not have to define our future, if we are willing to give it all up to God and allow Him the control of our life. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson at your favorite retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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