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Posted March 21, 2013
This was my first Christian fiction book and I really like it! I
This was my first Christian fiction book and I really like it! I read a lot of Christian non-fiction books and never really thought of reading a fiction, but it was surprisingly entertaining and I will definitely be reading more. The story is about a woman named Jessica. Unlike a lot of fiction books that spend a lot of time describing scenery, history, and the like, this book delved right into the story plot from the first page and I was hooked. Jessica is running away from something or someone. She ends up in a little town named Glenbrooke where some are out to get her, while others help carry her burdens through Christ. I was curious as to how the author was going to tie this suspenseful story line with romance and God. But, she did and did a wonderful job. The book is suspenseful with a bit of romance and the awesomeness of God and His work in our lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I particularly like the quote of one of the characters in the book, "It seems as if God has been rather obstinate about bringing me back into the fold." "He is pretty relentless, isn't he?" There are parts of the book that gave me goosebumps, knowing that was the hand of God working in Jessica's life. I didn't realize this was a series and this is the first book in the series. So the story of the people in this quiet town of Glenbrooke will continue on and those people will have their own story to tell. WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group has provided me with this book complimentary for review purposes.
Posted March 16, 2013
booksbysteph say "fun, fast and whimsy" Jessica Morga
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Jessica Morgan is a 25 year old runaway. She arrives in Glenbrooke with a positive attitude. Wind in her hair, the sun is shining and she has a smile on her face. Until she rounds a curve and the bright sun blinds her vision. Almost hitting another vehicle, Jessica swerves, hits the gravels and her car flips over and rolls into a ditch. Local firefighter, Kyle Buchanan, sees the accident and attends to Jessica, keeping her calm and safe, until the paramedics arrive.
This was not the way she wanted to arrive in Glenbrooke. She wanted to blend in. She did not want people to know who she was, even using the last name Fenton. However, the more she becomes involved in the lives of the people of Glenbrooke, Jessica doesn't know how much longer she can keep her secret and is afraid of the repercussions when people find out. Jessica starts to push people away, but some people just won't leave her alone.
I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 out of 5 stars
Like the other books in The Glenbrooke Series, this book stands alone. Though, being the first in the series, it is a good book to start with.
I like the issues in this book and they correlate with this being the first in the series. It is about going out on your own for the first time. Leaving the comfort of home to become an independent person. Having accidents happen. Being at the lowest in your life, overcoming obstacles and rising out of the ashes.
This book also reminds me of the phrase, secrets don't make friends. In this book, you learn that you don't have to bear your burdens by yourself. There are people in the world that do nice things because that's who they are and they expect nothing in return. That's a hard lesson for Jessica to learn.
Until next time, live life one page at a time!
Posted February 24, 2013
I've long been a fan of Robin Jones Gunn¿like since middle schoo
I've long been a fan of Robin Jones Gunn—like since middle school! I read most of The Glenbrooke Series a few years after they originally released and was excited to see that WaterBrook Multnomah has recently re-released them with updated covers. I thought it was high time to go back for a visit to Glenbrooke and am so glad I did!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Secrets is the first book in the series. Jessica arrives in Glenbrooke looking for a new start. It seems like bad things continually happen to Jessica upon her arrival and she questions her choices. Slowly but surely, though, her new friends start getting through her self-imposed defenses and she realizes that she must trust others—and most importantly, God—to help her as she faces trials.
While this book may be "old," the timeless messages of trusting in God and the need for relationships come through loud and clear. I think Jessica's desire for independence and resistance to asking for help are characteristics that many readers will be able to relate to. And the way that various characters throughout the book come to her aid and teach her about having a relationship with the Lord is both genuine and heartfelt. The romance between Jessica and Kyle is so sweet, even if it developed a little quickly for my tastes. Overall, the story is very touching, and I am happy to recommend Secrets to readers of all ages—from high school to adults. [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Posted February 12, 2013
Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn was a very fun story to read. Gunn d
Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn was a very fun story to read. Gunn did a great job developing the characters from the beginning of this story. Jessica, a woman on the run, from what we don’t know, gets into a terrible accident on her way to Glenbrook, a small town in Oregon. She is rescued by Kyle, a fireman, and whisked off to the hospital. When she comes around, she realizes that she has just begun her new life, in her new town, and absolutely nothing is going right. She has $12.00 to her name when she leaves the hospital, and a house to rent that she has never seen nor does she know where it is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jessica has a job to be a teacher at the high school, but from day one the new principal of the school has it out for her. Jessica has to defend herself daily to this principal while keeping her secrets from others around her. She begins to form a relationship with some of the students and travels with them to Mexico to work at an orphanage building a church. It is here, where she accepts the Lord as her Savior, and begins to open her eyes to the secrets she is holding onto in her life.
Secrets is well written, however, when I found out what the secret actually was, I felt a little let down. The chemistry between the characters was fun to read about though and the overall storyline was good.
Posted February 8, 2013
Jessica ran from her past...But can she hide from love? Jessica
Jessica ran from her past...But can she hide from love?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jessica Morgan (or Jessica Fenton as the citizens of Glenbrooke know her) is a twenty five year old runaway with a complicated past.
In an attempt to escape her old ghosts, she seeks refuge in a small town in Oregon where she has landed a job as a high school English teacher.
However, her plans are derailed when her car spins out of control and down a bank on the way to her new home. She is discovered by a sturdy firefighter, Kyle Buchanan, whom Jessica regrettably finds all too attractive.
As her life is turned upside down and inside out, Kyle sticks by Jessica's side, softening her heart to love and to the God who created it.
What I Liked: I'm a sucker for a good God-driven romance. And this book definitely had plenty of that to offer. Kyle was a wonderful example of a modern-day man of God. He shows Jessica, and everyone else around him, unconditional Agape love. This book also provides a generous amount of encouragement for anyone who is struggling with personal issues, be it relationships or a sordid past; Robin Jones Gunn does a wonderful job of relaying the message of God's love and acceptance to the broken and beaten-down.
What I Wasn't So Fond Of: I felt like the beginning of the story (Jessica's arrival and first few days in Glenbrooke) was dragged out a bit unnecessarily, and likewise, the ending portion of the book was rushed. I would have liked to have seen Jessica and Kyle's relationship develop more in-depth. Also, minor spoilers I was a bit disappointed in Jessica's secret. The author led us to believe in the beginning of the story that Jessica was hiding a dark past, but I didn't find that to necessarily be the case.
Overall, I truly enjoyed reading Robin Jones Gunn's novel Secrets, and I am absolutely looking forward to reading the rest of the Glenbrooke Series!
Posted December 19, 2012
Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn Jessica ran from her past... but ca
Secrets by Robin Jones GunnWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jessica ran from her past... but can she hide from love?
Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon's Willamette Valley as the place to start over---Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from everyone she meets---including the compassionate paramedic who wants to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her.
Will Jessica's deceit ruin all hope for the future? Or will she find a deeper peace that allows her to stop hiding the truth from those who love her most of all?
All in all this book proved to be an enjoyable read. At first there were a few things that bugged me, such as the overuse of Jessica's name when "she" or "her" could have been used instead, and the fact that the second sentence in the book reads "The summer breeze whipped through her open window and danced with the ends of her shoulder-length, honey-blond hair." yet on the cover of the book is a woman with dark brown, if not black hair! Things like that tend to bug me, but it was really only irritating through the first little bit of the book. After a while I got swept into the story and didn't notice them. This book was fairly well written, and I would read more from this author.
Posted July 7, 2010
Do secrets ever stay buried in the past? Jessica wants to keep her secrets hidden but can she?
Can you ever really run from your past? Can you hide from love? Jessica Morgan wants to forget the past and start over. She finds Glenbrooke, a peaceful little town in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, that suits her just fine. She uses a different last name as she begins meeting the people of Glenbrooke. Jessica hopes no one will discover her real last name as that could cause a lot of problems.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A couple of the more interesting people she meets are Kyle, the paramedic/firefighter who wants to protect her; Charlotte, the jealous principle who has it in for Jessica; and Teri, a fellow teacher who quickly becomes Jessica's best friend.
Kyle, along with being a firefighter/paramedic, also works with the teenagers in his church. He really feels led to reach out to this age group. He and Teri invite Jessica to go along on a mission trip to Mexico. She hesitates at first but due to the urging of one of the young girls, decides to go.
While she's gone, Charlotte does some "digging" and gets a little too close to the truth about Jessica. At Kyle's insistence, Jessica goes back to California to talk to her father.
What happens next? You'll have to read the book to find out!
Robin has written very believable characters. They are a lot like you and me. I could definitely picture myself in Glenbrooke along with Jessica, Kyle, Teri, and yes, even Charlotte. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it! I am looking forward to the next in this series!!
I won my copy of this book in an online contest. This review is my honest opinion.
Posted February 24, 2010
Entertaining Spring Read
Jessica does what many would love to do, run from the past. She takes refuge in a small town thinking that a simple life will give her a place to start over. She conceals her identity and jumps in to a new life only to find that her old life is not far behind waiting to be revealed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book centers on spiritual truth along with romance and redemption. Another book that teaches the past is to be dealt with and not neatly tucked away in a box marked "Do Not Open." Fast moving and keeps your interest, this is a great read for those needing a spring break.
Posted October 10, 2003
This book is very good. It has adventure to get the book started off with Jessica moving; leaving everything she had behind. The book has the basis for a good friendship and shows you what that is like with Teri and Jessica. It draws your attention by having the mystery of not knowing what is going to happen next and figuring out what 'the secret' is. Then if you get bored with all of those there is still the romance. I am not a big fan of that part but thats just me so if you like that kind of stuff, then this is the book for you. This book even though I didnt like some parts it was still over all a good book and gets four stars on my rating.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2010
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Posted October 25, 2008
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Posted April 3, 2009
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