Sunday, 8 May 2016

A Powerful Secret by Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit

Sean has always felt like an
outsider in his own family.
Now he must risk never achieving what
he wants most - his father's love.

Billionaire globe-trotters Sean Worthington is stunned when his older brother suddenly abandons the Senate race in New York and walks away without a backward glance. As campaign manager, Sean's left to handle the media feeding frenzy with no answers. Worse, their father - as usual - backs Will, the "perfect" son.

Frustrated by his father's lack of belief in him, Sean determines to finally move on and forge a unique path. But when a powerful secret is revealed, threatening everything Sean has counted on, he must wrestle with shocking truths... and combat the power brokers behind the scenes who have the Worthington family in their crosshairs.

Review: The Worthington Destiny series is written by two authors, Dr Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit. Typically, I'm not a large fan of dual written works. They tend to lurch from scene to scene and have a lack of continual flow. If you are with me on that assessment, you can put that concern out of your mind for this series. It reads perfectly, and I honestly can not tell who wrote what and if/or when the authors switched. It is seamlessly written, and, as is important to me, there were no grammar errors or writing mistakes that I noted. The style is crisp, clean and well suited to a fast paced, legal thriller.

I love the strong family themes that run through these books. There is an unshakable loyalty amongst the siblings and parents of the Worthington family that is powerful and moving to read. I particularly relate to the bond between the three siblings. Will is the rock. As the oldest sibling, he is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his younger siblings and his parents. He makes the hard calls when he needs to and is ok with taking heat if that means the family will be alright. Sean, as much as he's a wild card, has a deep heart. He cares deeply for his family even though he doesn't always understand it. He respects and secretly wishes he was more like Will, but has not yet realized that he has his own, unique contribution to make to the family. Sarah is the baby. Everyone wants to protect her and keep her safe. Even though she's a grown woman with a successful job, it is still taking time for the family to realize that she's not the baby girl anymore. Throw these three together with all their different personality types and ways of approaching a problem and you have an "Avengers" worthy team.

As the authors specialize in studying the characteristics of birth order you can really see the different roles playing out in the book. I find it fascinating to read the same problems from different sibling point of view. It is a powerful and enlightening perspective.

The Worthingtons are an unique family - not everyone can change the world with their billions of dollars... but at the same time they are like many families. The complexities of personalities, the fierce protectiveness for ones own family, and the love are themes that carry into real life families. I appreciated this about these books.

As far as the plot goes in this latest book, the Worthingtons are neck deep in political intrigue and drama. Government and enterprise mix deceptively and someone is out to take this blue blood family down. With friends and enemies indiscernible, the Worthingtons have to access every resource at their vast disposal and put their heads together to get out of a vicious cycle of black mail to maintain their family honour, dignity, and fortune.

This was a really great novel and I would certainly recommend both books in this new series.

 "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." In exchange for my honest opinion.

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