Thursday, September 19, 2013
Book Review - The Secrets She Carried
About the Book
When a young woman returns to North Carolina after a thirty-year absence, she finds that the once grand tobacco plantation she called home holds more secrets than she ever imagined.
Though Peak Plantation has been in her family for generations, Leslie Nichols can’t wait to rid herself of the farm left to her by her estranged grandmother Maggie—and with it the disturbing memories of her mother’s death, her father’s disgrace, and her unhappy childhood. But Leslie isn’t the only one with a claim to Peak.
Jay Davenport, Peak’s reclusive caretaker, has his own reasons for holding onto the land bequeathed to him by Leslie’s grandmother. Before she died, Maggie hinted at a terrible secret surrounding Adele Laveau, a lady’s maid who came to Peak during the 1930s and died under mysterious circumstances. Jay is haunted by Maggie’s story, yet the truth eludes him—until Leslie uncovers a cryptically marked grave on the property.
As they delve into the mystery of Adele’s death, Leslie and Jay discover shocking secrets that extend deep into the roots of Leslie’s family tree—secrets that have the power to alter her life forever.
My Take on the Book
This was a powerful book that provides the reader with an emotional story that shows the human condition in a new way. The author does a wonderful job at drawing you into the story from the beginning and keeping you engaged until the end. While I knew this was a women's fiction novel, I still enjoyed the characters and the overall story as well. Overall, if you enjoy a beautifully written story with strong characters and a mysterious look at one family's secrets, look no further!
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