Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review: 'House of Secrets' by Tracie Peterson

From the Publisher:
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 Thoughts:
If I had only one word to describe this book, that one word would be WOW! Seriously, this was an amazing book and I'm so glad to have been given the chance to read it! There were so many things going on throughout the book, that I don't even know where to begin!!
Can you imagine growing up with horrible family secrets, only to discover many years later that while there were many, many dark secrets, that original secret was not what you had once believed? That is exactly what happens to Bailee and her sisters in this story. Growing up, they believed they were keeping an awful secret to protect their family. The secret had haunted all of the sisters throughout their life, so when their dad invited them back to their old summer home where the event had happened many years earlier, they decided to confront him. What they discovered instead were the secrets of their mother's mental illness. While this answered many questions, it also lead to many, many more. The book beautifully deals with their struggles to come to term with the many secrets, and God's place in it all.
I feel like I can not say much more without giving too much away, but it is certainly an amazing read. I could not put this book down and wanted more once it was over. I did feel perhaps the ending was a bit rushed, though I am happy with the outcome regardless so it didn't really affect my opinion of the book overall. I definitely recommend this book to all.

*I received a copy from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.


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