Oct 9, 2011

House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson

They vowed, as children, to be silent...

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?

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 at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com.

The Cooper family has lived a life of secrecy, and they never talk about their past. The three sisters have supported each other but avoided any subjects that might cause them pain. Their mother suffered from mental illness, and this has impacted the girls in more ways than they are willing to admit.

A last minute trip arranged by their father forces the three girls to face their childhood memories, and they attempt to finally get closure. The oldest sister Bailee carries an unbelievable load of guilt and responsibility for her sisters, and her memories might not be the entire truth. They have always felt abandoned by their father, and it is time to find out the real reasons why he was gone so much.

Together, the three sisters and their father finally face the truth about what really happened so many years earlier. They must learn to forgive each other for many misunderstandings, and they also must forgive themselves if they hope to finally have healthy relationships with others.

House of Secrets is a great story of a very dysfunctional family that learns to trust in God and in each other, to heal the broken pieces of their lives.

Disclosure: 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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