Wednesday, 21 December 2011

House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson

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 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?

Review:  This book will appeal to Karen Kingsbury readers. Tracie Peterson has written a novel that could quite easily be a true life story. It is wrought with the struggles of day to day life, conflicting emotions, weakness, betrayal and forgiveness. However, I struggled through this novel; I am accustomed to reading books that are full of external action and "House of Secrets" is an entirely internal book in its compilation of the sister's thoughts and feelings. That being said, I appreciated Tracie Peterson's bravery at introducing psychiatric illness into her novel and the medical accuracy of her writing.

Everyone suffers through hurt and pain - some more than others - and this story, though a novel, gives a clear look into the emotional turmoil of a hurting family. House of Secrets would be a good read for a mature reader looking for a more serious way to spend his or her afternoon.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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