A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings Book #3)

A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings Book #3)

by Sarah Loudin Thomas

NOOK Book(eBook)

$10.49 $14.99 Save 30% Current price is $10.49, Original price is $14.99. You Save 30%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Overview

This Decade-Spanning Novel of Family and Faith Will Delight

Now in her eighties, Perla Phillips has carried a secret since she was eighteen years old. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling for perfection, she decides to share her secret to show that God can use even the biggest mistakes for good. But before she can reveal what happened during that summer sixty years ago, she has a debilitating stroke.

Carrying a secret of her own, Ella arrives back in Wise, West Virgina, to help her aunt Sadie care for Perla. Both know the woman wanted to tell them something, but she's now locked in silence. Together they begin looking into the past, but they may learn more than they expected.

Will they have the courage to share their hearts? Or will the truth remain buried forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441269621
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Appalachian Blessings , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 269,027
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children's ministry and has written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times. She is the author of Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest. She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in North Carolina. She can be found online at www.sarahloudinthomas.com.
Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children's ministry and has written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times. She is the author of Miracle in a Dry Season, Until the Harvest, and A Tapestry of Secrets. She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. She can be found online at www.sarahloudinthomas.com.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

A Tapestry of Secrets 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings Book #3) by [Thomas, Sarah Loudin]I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Before I go into my review, I feel I need to say that I have not read the previous two books in this series. Having said that, I don't feel like I need to. The characters in this book are so rich, I began to understand them easily. Perla and Ella have lives that are intertwined. Perla is Ella's grandmother and experiences two strokes. Each had her faces things within, such as pride, and fear. From the first I felt I understood her very well. Ella returned to her home when faced with uncertainty in her own life. She also had a dream for her life and over time she had to learn that God also has dreams or goals for her and these are the most important things for her. This is worth reading, even if you have not read the previous books but now that I have, I would like to start with book one and work my way through.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
A Tapestry of Secrets excellently continues and concludes Sarah Loudin Thomas’s family saga, Appalachian Blessings, in Wise, West Virginia. Familiar yet aged characters remain a part of the story, while Ella, the next generation of the Phillips family, becomes the focus. It’s a story about secrets and family and faith, and Thomas writes it so well. A Tapestry of Secrets captivated me, as the previous novels of the series did, and I absolutely loved the feeling and experience of reading it. Any readers interested in a contemporary (but also a little bit historical) read should be sure to check out this latest novel from Sarah Loudin Thomas. (But start at the beginning of the series first—it’s worth reading all the books. They’re a delight and a pleasure.) Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of A Tapestry of Secrets and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Glorysong2 More than 1 year ago
Just as enjoyable as Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest. Tapestry of Secrets continues the story begin in the first book. Sarah Loudin Thomas weaves a good story. Even though this is the third book in the series, it easily stands alone. Not just the story line, but he designing of quilts and the actual quilting was something to which I could relate.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
A Tapestry of Secrets was a joy to read. While telling the story of Ella Phillips and her search for her place in this world, her grandmother Perla's secrets are revealed. Sarah Loudin Thomas skillfully took me to Perla's past, and had me rooting for Ella in the present. Sometimes when book characters go through the "Who am I and where do I belong?" process, it is irritating. Not the case here. Ella loved her family, her home, and her church. The changes she made in her thinking happened because she was so well-grounded. She was a very likable character. The author did a great job of focusing on each character just as much as was needed. This was a stand-alone novel, yet having met most of the characters in the previous two books made it so much more special to me. I recommend this book to those who love a good, clean contemporary novel. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book in the Appalachian Blessings series, so far. They are poignant stories that reach down deep and touch your heart. While A Tapestry of Secrets took me longer to really get into than the other stories, I ended up loving it just as much! I enjoyed catching up with Perla, Sadie, and the rest of the family. Perla plays a big part in Ella’s story, though she is silent through most of it. Ella is a wonderful character. I felt such a connection to her struggle to accept herself as worthy, beautiful, and forgiven. At the point in the story where she had three beaus, I had already chosen who I wanted her go for. Seth provided a strong, silent support for Ella, following God’s prompting in his relationship with her. Sadie’s quest for her biological father provided a nice side story, and added to the importance of the message. Sometimes, in order to embrace what God has for your life, you have to let go of the past. Ella, Sadie, and Perla all struggle with this throughout the book. The verse that kind of brings home the point to me is found in Acts chapter 2: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Overall, while it took me several chapters to get hooked to this story, I was caught well and good once it happened. I recommend this sweet, soul stirring story. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
I love a well written family and generational story and that’s exactly what Sarah Loudin Thomas’ Appalachian Blessings Series is. While each one is a stand alone novel, reading them all just adds a few more bonuses and layers to the story. And as I loved the first two in the series, I enjoyed this one as well! This whole series has completed captivated me. I love Thomas’ writing style and the lives she drew me into. With A Tapestry of Secrets, I especially loved the character development. Ella is lost in life, love and direction and this was a beautiful story of coming into that and finding her true value. Are there mishaps along the way? Of course, but isn’t that true to life? I also really loved Perla and Sadie’s stories. While not the main focus, I absolutely loved their stories of forgiveness, redemption and joy that comes when people are freed from burdens. As I mentioned earlier, getting to have a story with characters in the previous novels was so fabulous. I know so many of us would love to know what happened to our favorite characters after their story (what happened after happily ever after you know?) and this gave me just that! Seriously, the best. I’m sad this series is over, but anxiously awaiting for what’s next! What’s one of your favorite generational stories/series? (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted at http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/09/26/tapestry-secrets-sarah-loudin-thomas-book-review/
Lacey5427 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest review. When I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I would enjoy it because it is about a girl and her grandmother. I am very close to both of my grandmothers and I could really see my relationship with them reflected in this story as well. Perla has a stroke and her granddaughter, Ella, moves back home to her small town to take care for her. I love the relationship you see between them as they navigate their way through their own stories and secrets. The characters in this story are really loveable and relatable and it weaves the Gospel throughout a heartwarming, good-feeling story. Ella learns a lot about herself through her relationships with her family, friends, and God. I am looking forward to reading some more books from this series.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Perla has hidden a secret for most of her life, the identity of her daughter's father. But before she can reveal that secret she suffers a stroke. When her granddaughter, Ella, moves back to help take care of her grandmother and get away from a bad relationship. The story switches voices and time periods as it tells the story of the two women and weaves the tapestry of their secrets. I've enjoyed all of the books by this author. This book has been my favorite. The rich history, strong family, faith filled message, and sweet romance all blend together to create a beautiful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The author creates such be vivid word pictures that I was drawn into the plot and felt like I was there. This is truly an inspirational story with faith playing a very strong part in each person's life. Definitely a book I would recommend if you enjoy historical fiction, clean romance, and a strong sense of faith and family. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
My favorite type of series includes an ongoing story that crosses from one generation into the next. The Appalachian Blessing series does that in a beautifully stirring way. The first book, Miracle in a Dry Season, introduced us to Perla Long and her daughter Sadie as they arrive in Wise, West Virginia. Perla wants to live a quiet life and raise her daughter but winds up instead leaving her mark on everyone within miles, especially Casewell Phillips. The second novel, Until the Harvest, shifted the focus from Perla and Casewell to their son Henry. I particularly enjoyed this storyline. I felt like it was a little bit lighter in tone but still dealt with serious heart issues. We get a bigger picture of this family but there are still some loose ends hanging out there that made me eager for the next book. Now we come to A Tapestry of Secrets and we shift back to Perla and her story. Perla is the grandma now and has an especially close relationship with her granddaughter Ella which is in distinct contrast to her strained relationship with her own daughter Sadie. Way back at the beginning we knew that Perla was a single mother. She didn't speak about Sadie's daddy and Sadie didn't ask. But over the years the tension over the subject has just tightened. As Perla faces her own mortality she feels the need to speak about it to Sadie but the actual words prove to be a struggle. So in essence the story has come full circle. I can't possibly put into words how moving this series turned out to be. It is Sarah Loudin Thomas' debut work and she followed it up with continuing stories that were every bit as strong as the first. I found it very interesting to read in the author's notes that A Tapestry of Secrets was the original story. I am so thankful that her editor and publisher had her turn it into a series. It is well worth the read and all three books are on my top books of the year list. I highly recommend them. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Tapestry of Secrets is the third installment from the Appalachian Blessings series. I enjoyed it and loved catching up with the characters from the previous book of the series. Great conclusion. 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Tapestry of Secrets is another beautiful story by Sarah Loudin Thomas. I love the slow, everyday pace of Thomas’s novels and A Tapestry of Secrets followed the same gentle pace. Ella and Perla, granddaughter and grandmother, the main characters in A Tapestry of Secrets, share their struggles and heartaches in a beautiful touching story about understanding and accepting the past while trying to find meaning now in the middle of change. Thomas adeptly uses everyday events to create the tension and plot in this novel and that makes her characters and their lives seems so authentic. She also does an admirable job of weaving in parts of related novels for those of us who have read them without confusing new readers. I loved the depth Thomas created in Ella and Perla by intertwining their stories. I did feel that Sadie remained a bit too superficial and I couldn’t move past that about her. A Tapestry of Secrets is a lovely story about family, friendship, and helping others. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas for my candid review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Tapestry of Secrets is the third novel following the lives and generations of the Phillips family. Taking place in 2008, we have Perla dealing with health issues, her relationship with her daughter Sadie is strained, and her granddaughter Ella is experiencing the letdowns of love and life. Deciding to finally reveal the secret of who Sadie’s biological father is after all these years, Perla is devastated by the aftermath of a stroke. Author Sarah Loudin Thomas does an exceptional job of putting us in Perla’s mind as she deals with a body that has imprisoned her with a secret she has longed to share with her daughter and the wisdom learned from that long ago sin that could help her granddaughter. We also are privy to Ella’s viewpoint as she longs for a husband and children of her own yet running from a possible violent ex fiancé. As Ella returns home she meets two possible suitors. One a pastor and the other an enigma who she fears would love her family more than her. This is a story of sharing past mistakes to help the next generation, of letting go of the things that hold us back, and of finding out that all that really matters is the treasure that will be found in heaven only. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and watching each generation come to fruition and that we get Perla’s insight in each book. The only thing I would have liked was to have the love of her life, Casewell, be there with her. This is a bittersweet tale of the ties that bind families together. I received a copy for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions are my own.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
A Tapestry of Secrets Sarah Loudin Thomas Book Summary: Now in her eighties, Perla Phillips has carried a secret since she was eighteen years old. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling for perfection, she decides to share her secret to show that God can use even the biggest mistakes for good. But before she can reveal what happened during that summer sixty years ago, she has a debilitating stroke. Carrying a secret of her own, Ella arrives back in Wise, West Virgina, to help her aunt Sadie care for Perla. Both know the woman wanted to tell them something, but she's now locked in silence. Together they begin looking into the past, but they may learn more than they expected. Will they have the courage to share their hearts? Or will the truth remain buried forever? Review: I struggled with the book. I found Ella to be young and immature. She had good instincts, but did not always use them. I enjoyed the secrets, however so little of that secret was revealed until almost 1/3 of the story. I struggled because I am not one who likes a saga. So for me it was a mistake to pick up this book. I was dazzled by learning a long held secret. The writing was solid, and the characters did mature. But overall this was not my favorite type of book. I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A charming story of small town living. I loved returning to Wise, West Virginia for the third time. It has been an absolute joy for me to see so many ways that the community has stayed the same over all the years. In many ways though this book feels more like it is just centering on the Phillips family and there isn’t quite as much interaction with the community as a whole. We see a new generation as they are trying to sort out their feelings and figure out who they are supposed to spend the rest of their lives with. Ella suddenly finds herself with two attractive men interested in spending time with her. Which one is the “right” one for her? There was a nice balance with also trying to figure out what God wanted for her and for the community. I found the times when Perla’s struggles with her limitations due to health to be very poignant. I can’t even imagine how frustrating it would be. She was trying so hard to know what God wanted her to do about a secret that she had kept for over 50 years. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the quilt art that Ella designed. I was amazed that she was able to work in shading and different textures with the different type of stitches that she used. I would love to see quilts like the ones described. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Sarah Loudin Thomas once again takes us back to Appalachia to visit with the Phillips family. This time it's Perla and Casewell's granddaughter Ella, whose story this mostly is. I loved everything about this book. I've loved this family since the very first book, A Miracle in a Dry Season. Thomas weaves the story seamlessly throughout the time periods of 1054-2009, giving the reader a treat at knowing such a wonderful family and the inhabitants of the area as well. A very well written novel from someone who lives near the area, too! As a southerner myself, I could relate to many of the customs and speech patterns. Wonderful series. Don't miss it. *I was provided with a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
bookbloggerKB More than 1 year ago
A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas This book is set in WV, my home state. Her other books take place there also. Beside the setting, her writing style and the way she gently unwraps a character’s past made me want to read more of her books. Her characters are lovable and relatable, even with their flaws. She drew me into the Phillips family. The ending wasn’t easy to figure out, but it was satisfying. She writes of mistakes that people make, but also of the grace offered to continue and make a fresh start. She made me want to read the next book. This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I loved it and think that other readers will, too.
BirdFlight More than 1 year ago
The next and maybe the final book in the Appalachian Blessings series is here. If you haven't been looking forward to this book as much as I have then you haven't read the last two books by this amazing author! We return to the town of Wise to see Perla now in her eighties and surrounded by loving family. Only one dark cloud remains over her life; the secret of Sadie's biological father. But a stroke has left Perla silenced. Will she ever be able to tell her beloved family the truth about that night so long ago? I have been looking forward to this book since I was told that it was coming out and the story would be more focused on Sadie, a character I felt was far too often was put to the sidelines. Sadie was seen more in this book, but I still feel like there needs to be a book focused on her. I thought to a degree that is what this would be, if you thought the same thing you will be disappointed. Perhaps there will be a book four that will be all about Sadie, as I hoped for this one. The main characters of this story are Perla (As in the other two books) and her granddaughter Ella. Now Ella is an interesting character. I found her relatable, probably because she is close to my age, and the way she handles change is pretty close to how I use to handle it. This book deals well with the uncertainty of the future, and I think many young adults would benefit from reading this book and hearing things from the mind of Ella. Also be prepared for tears, laughter, and mystery. Keep a tissue box near by at all times. If this is the last book in the series it ended well. Though my hope for a return to Sadie still remains the ending to this book was able to satisfy my need to know what happened to all the other characters. It is a book you will enjoy for generations to come. That's all I have for now folks. Until the next time I hope you have a blessed day!
PamlaK More than 1 year ago
What impressed me the most about this book was the Love and Respect shown to the grandmother as she struggled to recover from a stroke. I appreciated the scripture references and talks with the Lord, seeking Him in all things. There were real life struggles with the aging process and showing that as we grow older we still have worth and that life is not over and we should never give up but continue to Dream and Strive to Thrive. There is much about valuing our heritage and our family it is a very worthwhile read. I highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House free for review.
SignGirl58 More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while I read a new (to me) author that makes me an instant follower. Sarah Loudin Thomas masterfully wove together a timely story of replacing apathy with passion in "A Tapestry of Secrets." I was not even aware that this was the third book in her series, but it looks as if the first two books are spaced in such a way that they would give additional details to the characters, but not hinder the outcome if read independently. Yes, the story centers mostly on a grandmother, her estranged daughter, and her granddaughter's several beaus, but the true star of the book is Ella. As the caring granddaughter, she is very passionate about her life, but her grandmother knows that sometimes the passions are erroneously placed. One of the conflicts in "A Tapestry of Secrets" is the possible sale of their cherished church. The topic hit a personal chord as it seems that appreciating tradition instead of personal commitment is prevalent in our society. Also, some Christian novels drop in a Bible verse or highlight a Christian topic; Sarah Loudin Thomas naturally infuses the ENTIRE book with Christian living principles and dialogues of struggles and victories. My review seems inadequate to convey how outstanding this book was! Pick up your copy and get swept into the beauty of leading your life with God at your center, instead of fickle emotions. I received this great book from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Once again, this author has transported me to the heart of Appalachia. A Tapestry of Secrets is primarily a contemporary novel, yet there are flashbacks to Perla’s youth. Perla is a character that readers met earlier in the series, yet if you have not read the other books, I believe that A Tapestry of Secrets does give enough information to act as a stand alone novel. I have read all of the books in the series and loved reconnecting with several characters from earlier novels. There are really two main stories taking place in this book. Ella is Perla’s granddaughter and is really trying to find her place in this world. She struggles to understand about having a deep relationship with God, she questions her past judgement in a recent relationship and wonders if romance will ever be a part of her life, she values family and history and keeps both deep in her heart. Perla’s story is both of the past and the present as she struggles to heal and share the truth about what happened in her life so long ago. I really enjoyed finding out more and more in small snippets throughout the book. I thought that both Ella and Perla’s stories were equally intriguing. I enjoyed this novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kaits_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
A Refreshing, Contemporary Christian Book! I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review, and I am pleased to say that I adored this book! I found it to be well-written, intriguing, and refreshing. One of the most appealing things was that the message of faith was beautifully woven throughout the story, subtly inserting itself into the plot. This book is a story about family, specifically the women in one family, trying to share truths and find healing after years of secret keeping has left anger and bitterness lingering in their lives. One of my favorite things about this novel was the cross-generational relationships – mother/ daughter with Perla and Sadie and grandmother/ granddaughter with Perla and Ella. I enjoyed the modern telling of Ella’s story and her struggles with relationships, work, self-doubt, and life in general but I also enjoyed the flashbacks to Perla’s younger years in the 1940s and her relationship with the mysterious “Sonny.” If you enjoy Christian fiction and/ or novels about family, you should give this book a chance. I highly recommend it for women of all ages and for book clubs. Read full review at: kaitsbookshelf.com
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Ella, a young gifted woman, who receives devastating news that her beloved Perla, her Grandmother, has had a stroke. Also heading home is Aunt Sadie, she is now berating herself for not letting her mother tell her whom her biological father was. The story flashes back to when Perla was a young foolish girl and how she ends up finding happiness. We also learn of Ella’s relationship with Mark, and that made me worry that maybe he was a stalker? While home in her beloved home and church Ella goes about taking care of her Grandmother, and doing her beautiful art quilts, which ties in beautifully with her hometown. It also puts her in worlds of the past and present using clothing of the past in her quilts. There is something her for everyone, and we wonder if Sadie is ever going to be able to find answers, she sure spends a lot of time looking for them, and in the end meeting new family. We also have a few love interests for Ella, even Mark, Richard, the Pastor, and Seth her brother’s friend. I received this book through Bethany House Publishing and was not required to give a positive review.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Three generations of women, so different and yet so interconnected, are weighed down by their own minds. Perla Phillips has carried the burden of a heavy secret for six decades, and just when she’s determined to share the story, the opportunity is taken from her. Sadie Phillips has, at best, a strained relationship with her mother. She wants to ask her the identity of her birthfather, but stubbornness and deep-seated anger have kept her in a seething silence. Ella Phillips’ life is not fitting the dream she had in mind. And changes around home are negatively affecting her. Will each woman share what should be voiced aloud? Or will secrets remain? At the heart of the book, to me, is the legacy of a family and how it has created deep roots throughout the generations. Ella takes her roots for granted, as it is so easy for any of us to do, and struggles through much of the story with trying to attach herself to a physical object instead of our Creator God, though she says that she’s a Christian. Loudin Thomas writes with warmth and nostalgia, but doesn’t forget to include trials of the past affecting actions and/or thoughts of the present. She weaves the story as well as Ella creates a tapestry. My negative in reading the story was Ella, and it’s a big one, because, unfortunately, she’s one of the main characters. It is clear that Ella has a big heart, otherwise she wouldn’t bother to care for her grandmother or support her church. But it goes back to attaching herself to a physical object. Change is almost never easy, and Ella really handled things childishly. She would pout, plant her hands on her hips and use an accusatory tone in meeting someone for the first time. She would stomp around, fling doors open aggressively and aim to pick conversational fights with others. She acted like an angsty teenager, and I almost hoped she was one. Instead, she turns 29 during the story. She redeems herself by the story’s end, but her undignified behavior was a real turn-off of her character for me, and I did NOT find myself rooting for her. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Sarah Loudin Thomas is a new author for me. I was excited to receive a book by an author I had not, yet, read from. I love the cover of this book....a beautiful quilt and a secret! As I read the story I realized that the picture on the front of the book is not a quilt but a tapestry . . . a wall hanging that has been handmade or quilted. Although this is the third book in the Appalachian Blessings and I didn't read the first two, I wasn't lost in the story. Quite the opposite, I loved the story of these West Virginia folks. Gran, Perla, who worked hard and left a legacy and a secret for Ella. Ella who struggles to understand her own mother who doesn't seem to to understand her. The heart of a family seems to be the theme of this novel. And how secrets can hurt not help families. The author does a great job of bringing out how letting go of secrets and bringing in the truth will bring blessings to a family. *This book was provided for review by Bethany House*