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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

They vowed, as children, To Be Silent...

"I leaned hard against the door and slid to the floor. At last I was being drawn back to that house of secrets - to those hidden memories of loss and sorrow. For so long I had fooled myself into believing the past would never catch up with me. But now the moment of trut...
"I leaned hard against the door and slid to the floor. At last I was being drawn back to that house of secrets - to those hidden memories of loss and sorrow. For so long I had fooled myself into believing the past would never catch up with me. But now the moment of truth had come...and if there was a hell, I just knew that demons were dancing in delight." (excerpt pg 29)

In the novel House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson, Ballie Cooper and her two sisters are headed back to their summer house in Bremerton, Washington for a surprise trip from their father. What is intended to be a happy reunion for them becomes shrouded by memories from the past.

Closing my eyes, I tried not to think of those last days at the summer house, but I couldn't help it. I could see it all as if it were yesterday.

"What's Daddy doing?" Geena asked.

We girls had gathered on the upstairs landing that overlooked the open downstairs living area. "He's making Momma her cocoa," I told them.

" I want some," Piper said, her six-year-old voice a little louder than I would have liked.

Of course, given the fact that Momma was playing her rock music as loud as the stereo would allow, I didn't figure Dad would hear us.

"We're supposed to be asleep," eight-year-old Geena said.

Just then our father crossed the room to switch off the music. I fully expected our mother to complain, but there wasn't as much as a word. I couldn't tell if she was even still in the living room. Maybe she had gone to bed.

Without the music playing, however I could hear another sound. It was our father and he was muttering and talking to himself. He was also crying. At least that was what is sounded like. I heard him sniffing and saw him wipe the back of his hand against his eyes.

"Why is Daddy crying?" Geena asked in a hushed whisper.

So it wasn't my imagination. He really was crying. I'd never seen this before and it scared me. Something must be very wrong if he was that upset.

"I have to do this for the girls." His words were as clear as those Geena had spoken. I shook my head and leaned closer to the rail.

"It's for them. They will be safe."

He took a prescription bottle from his pocket and opened it. I was mesmerized by the scene. What was he doing? What did he have to do for the girls - for us? (pg 34).

I received House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This is a book of redemption and one that shows how sometimes our past can hold us back from moving forward in the life that God has planned for us. It shows us what happens when a secret from 15 years ago causes one sister to want to end their silence and that the truth must be revealed. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and is my second book by Tracie Peterson. I know my readers will enjoy this bit of Christian suspense found within its pages.

posted by Heart2Heart on October 5, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The blurb describing House of Secrets intrigued me, so I purchas

The blurb describing House of Secrets intrigued me, so I purchased the book despite the fact that I'd never read anything by Tracie Peterson. Halfway through I got so sick of the writing style that I gave up. Frankly, it reads like a high schooler's writing project. ...
The blurb describing House of Secrets intrigued me, so I purchased the book despite the fact that I'd never read anything by Tracie Peterson. Halfway through I got so sick of the writing style that I gave up. Frankly, it reads like a high schooler's writing project. The characters all sound the same and are generally unlikeable. Way too many over-used phrases and words (e.g., quite, rather). Trite, unimaginative prose and a story that beats the same dead horse over and over. I'm sure Ms. Peterson is a wonderful person, and apparently the vast majority of her readers disagree with me, because she's published over 80 titles. However, I'm so disappointed that I just had to warn other discerning buyers. Don't chose an author just because she has a lot of credits to her name; she may simply be writing to meet deadlines. Instead, read Linda Nichols or Francine Rivers or Ginny Yttrup.

posted by ladyabigail on March 9, 2013

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    They vowed, as children, To Be Silent...

    "I leaned hard against the door and slid to the floor. At last I was being drawn back to that house of secrets - to those hidden memories of loss and sorrow. For so long I had fooled myself into believing the past would never catch up with me. But now the moment of truth had come...and if there was a hell, I just knew that demons were dancing in delight." (excerpt pg 29)

    In the novel House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson, Ballie Cooper and her two sisters are headed back to their summer house in Bremerton, Washington for a surprise trip from their father. What is intended to be a happy reunion for them becomes shrouded by memories from the past.

    Closing my eyes, I tried not to think of those last days at the summer house, but I couldn't help it. I could see it all as if it were yesterday.

    "What's Daddy doing?" Geena asked.

    We girls had gathered on the upstairs landing that overlooked the open downstairs living area. "He's making Momma her cocoa," I told them.

    " I want some," Piper said, her six-year-old voice a little louder than I would have liked.

    Of course, given the fact that Momma was playing her rock music as loud as the stereo would allow, I didn't figure Dad would hear us.

    "We're supposed to be asleep," eight-year-old Geena said.

    Just then our father crossed the room to switch off the music. I fully expected our mother to complain, but there wasn't as much as a word. I couldn't tell if she was even still in the living room. Maybe she had gone to bed.

    Without the music playing, however I could hear another sound. It was our father and he was muttering and talking to himself. He was also crying. At least that was what is sounded like. I heard him sniffing and saw him wipe the back of his hand against his eyes.

    "Why is Daddy crying?" Geena asked in a hushed whisper.

    So it wasn't my imagination. He really was crying. I'd never seen this before and it scared me. Something must be very wrong if he was that upset.

    "I have to do this for the girls." His words were as clear as those Geena had spoken. I shook my head and leaned closer to the rail.

    "It's for them. They will be safe."

    He took a prescription bottle from his pocket and opened it. I was mesmerized by the scene. What was he doing? What did he have to do for the girls - for us? (pg 34).

    I received House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This is a book of redemption and one that shows how sometimes our past can hold us back from moving forward in the life that God has planned for us. It shows us what happens when a secret from 15 years ago causes one sister to want to end their silence and that the truth must be revealed. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and is my second book by Tracie Peterson. I know my readers will enjoy this bit of Christian suspense found within its pages.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Great Story and an Interesting Topic

    As far back as she can remember, Bailee Cooper¿s past has been laden with secrets. From a very young age she can remember her mother making her hide in fear and promising not to tell anyone or else bad men might come and take her. The biggest secret of all happened 15 years ago at her family¿s vacation home their night her mentally ill mother died. When their father asks Bailee and her sisters to come spend some time with him at that home, everything changes; secrets come out, misunderstandings are revealed and relationships are changed.
    In this midst of all this turmoil, Mark Delahunt is determined to win Bailee. He drops everything for Bailee to show her what love and security look like; he longs to give her a place where she feels safe to let her guard down. Despite his good intentions, Bailee doesn¿t feel she deserves what he¿s offering. She also knows that she has some issues she must deal with on her own before she can even think of entering into a relationship with Mark.
    Can Bailee ever trust Mark enough? Will she ever be comfortable enough in her own life to let someone else in? Or will she always live with fear and anxiety of the future? You¿ll have to read the book to find out.

    It¿s interesting to me that there are so many books novels out that deal with real-life topics, such as mental illness. While I¿ve never dealt with a mentally ill family member, the book seems to be written in a way that would really resonate with those who have. Many times families that deal with these issues have so many secrets, or things they just keep to themselves. Sometimes these things aren¿t even discussed amongst the family members themselves; this can lead to misunderstandings and fractured relationships. Tracie Peterson does a great job of tackling these issues in a way that is that is intriguing, not in a way that is uncomfortable for the reader.
    I really enjoyed reading this book and watching the relationships of the characters evolve over such a short period of time. I found myself emotionally invested in the story and really felt for the characters as I learned the truth about their past.
    I was rooting for them to work out their issues and really reconnect as a family rather than letting secrecy separate them. I don¿t remember reading any other books by Tracie Peterson, but if they¿re all this good I can¿t wait to read some more!


    ** I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.**

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 3, 2014

    Great!!!

    Great!!

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Great book!!:-)

    Very inspiring!!! :-)

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