Feb 1, 2011

The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

Since 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor’s wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen. Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel, the illegitimate son she secretly put up for adoption. Samuel begs Sheila to use her government contacts to get his fiancé, Mali, a Thai prostitute, into America. A dangerous mixture of love and guilt spurs her to help her only child even though it devastates her husband Edward and exposes her questionable past. After a quarrel with Edward, Sheila and Samuel board a C-130 for Thailand and then search Bangkok’s steamy streets for a Madonna-faced prostitute. The two whisk Mali from a brothel but are seized by a warlord who considers Mali his “number one girl.” In a teak “ghost house,” Sheila discovers God’s grace and gains the freedom she needs to find her own identity—Sheila, Sylvia, and Sheba. A framed story, this novel has roots in the bohemian 1940s New Orleans French Quarter and spans three decades, including the turbulent Vietnam era.


Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman's Tale and What the Bayou Saw. She has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, Illinois, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. For more information, visit Patti's website at www.pattilacy.com, her blog at www.pattilacy.com/blog, and her Facebook daily Artbites.

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Patti Lacy is a "new to me" author, and I can't wait to locate other books written by her. She took many elements that society prefers not to talk about, and turned it into a memorable, transparent and tender look into broken lives - people who were desperate for love and acceptance, and also desperate that their secrets remain hidden.

A prominent pastor's wife has never been honest about her past, even to her husband. Then her past confronts her - head on, and she has to make a choice. She can try to bury the truth and pretend that everything is perfect, or she can finally be honest with herself and with others. She risks everything to finally be free of the shame that has plagued her for most of her life.

A strong musical theme seemed to thread everything together, and the plot was filled with unexpected twists and turns. Overall, this book is totally awesome, absolutely enjoyable, entirely captivating, and one of my all-time favourites!

(Can you tell that I ... love, love, loved ... this book?)

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Rhythm of Secrets through Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for my honest review.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, MYYY! What a nice review for a coooollld Midwest morning here in Normal, Il!

    Thanks for spreading the "secret!"