A Secret Life

A Secret Life

by Rachael Brownell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494354978
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/23/2013
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Rachael Brownell was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she studied Advertising and Public Relations.
In 2005, Rachael met the love of her life, Jeremy. Then, in 2007, they welcomed their only child, Nicklas. When she's not working, building Lego's or writing her next book, Rachael enjoys scrapbooking, photography and is an avid reader.

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A Secret Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
I read this novel a few weeks back, and it’s stuck with me ever since. While I did find the insta-attraction portion of the novel just a tad cheesy in the beginning, as the novel progressed and the characters grew up, going from high school to college, I found myself rooting for the lovebirds, Cam and Kat, enjoying their antics and so happy that their attraction to one another lead to a much deeper relationship. Brownell tells their story in two parts, glossing over a few years in between in order to take her YA novel into the NA world while keeping it clean, and it works very well. This novel has many different layers; many stories to tell. It’s about a mother and daughter in witness protection. It’s about first love. About danger. Crime. Grief. Protection. The FBI. Doing what’s right. Outrunning your past, and looking to the future. And I enjoyed this aspect of the novel very much. There is so much going on and Brownell slowly peels back the layers, providing a fun, easy, engaging read, though I will admit that I have many more questions than I have answers, and I think that’s one of the reasons this novel has stuck with me long after I finished it. I find myself trying to figure it out at random times during my days, and that’s a rarity for me as I read so many books and move from one to the next quite rapidly. I am intrigued by Cam and his love for Kat. I love Kat’s tenacity and her yearning for a simple life. Together, they are perfect, insta-love aside, and I’m glad they found one another. What I don’t necessarily get is what happened during the climax of the novel–we’re led up to it, but as we’re looking through Kat’s eyes, and she’s not watching events unfold, we seem to miss everything as it unfolds, and as no one clarifies the event for Kat, we are left in the dark. All we know is that some very bad things went down, and I’m dying to know what happened to everyone. I need to know. And I also need to know how some of the people mixed up in it all got mixed up in it all. I’m not giving names nor explanations, because that’d be a spoiler, but I keep wracking my brain trying to figure it out. I need to know, and Brownell’s next novel in the series, Secrets and Lies, releases tomorrow… so here’s hoping for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read.  From beginning to end I tried to predict what would happen next and I was so excited when I was wrong.  I LOVED IT!  I can't wait to read more from this author.
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MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
"A Secret Life" by Rachael Brownell 5 out of 5 stars I've developed a slight writer's crush on Brownell.  This is the second book I've read by her and I simply love her writing style.  Her words just seem to move so effortlessly on the page and I feel like I'm in the ocean just floating along on her narrative.  Her characters are well developed, realistic, and charming.  Brownell has a way of writing beautiful love stories amid harsh circumstances and this one is no exception. Katrina has secrets.  Her life is not really her own and she's living one big lie.  Starting her senior year at a new school, she tries to fly below the radar but a literal run-in with a hot guy changes the path she's on.  Will Cam see through her walls and convince her to trust him or will the past catch up to her first and destroy her chance at happiness? Katrina is a little rough around the edges.  She's trying to create a new persona and failing quite miserably.  Aspects of her true personality keep shining through and there are just some traits that are so inbred that you can't hide them.  I like that there was a constant inner struggle waging war in her head...between who she was and who she must become.  This battle gives her a very realistic quality and makes her feel a little bit raw.  Those are the things that allowed me to really connect with her and feel what she felt on her journey. Cam isn't perfect and I love that about him.  While his family seems All-American on the outside they are harboring a few secrets of their own.  He is ready to leave behind the person he has been and work on becoming something better.  From the moment he sees Kat, he sees a chance at a future that's beyond his wildest dreams.  I love that his faith in her never wavers, even when it's apparent that she is holding back from him.  I love his easy acceptance of her life and her circumstances and his desire to be with her at all costs.  Brownell does a great job switching the narrative between Kat and Cam.  There are very distinct differences in their voices and I really enjoyed getting to be in each of their heads.  Their chemistry was palpable and I found it very easy to root for them.  Their journey wasn't easy but it was well worth the investment.  This is a great book and I can definitely recommend it.  I really hope that Brownell continues their story and I get to live in their world for just a little while longer. *I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Shannon, My Secret Book Spot
NyteMirage More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It definitely sucked me in! Kat and her mother have moved to a new town and are in hiding. There are some bad people after them. Kat’s only objective is to get through her senior year unnoticed and to go to college after that and lead a normal life. Fate seems to have other plans for her when she runs into Cam at school, quite literally. From that point on Cam won’t let her go. Her past seems to have caught back up with her though and she wonders if she’s going to have to leave Cam behind. After all of the running all she wants is a normal life and she wants that with Cam. This book definitely leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. I had come to one conclusion as to why they were running and boy was I wrong! I couldn’t put this book down and I can’t wait to read the next book. The chemistry between Kat and Cam is breathtaking!
root_maddy More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it!! I couldn't put it down, I loved the way she went between the perspectives of Cam and Courtney. I definitely recommend it from the first page to the last page it has you wondering what is going to happen next. I really really hope Rachael Brownell decides to right a sequel to this book!!!