Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing

by Ann Tatlock

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ISBN-13: 9780764200052
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Every Secret Thing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SharonALavy More than 1 year ago
I first met Ann Tatlock at the Ridgecrest writers conference in the spring of 2008. She was one of the instructors. I met her again when I went back for the Novel Writers Retreat. I'd heard she was a literary writer and had not planned to buy her book. But when I saw it in the bookstore the cover intrigued me and I bought.

From the very first page, with the character's description of Delaware (The state where she lived.) I knew I wanted to know more about her.

Excerpt: When I was a child, a Bible passage I heard in Sunday school always made me think of Delaware. It was the story in the Gospel of John where Phillip goes and finds Nathaniel to tell him they've found the Messiah, the one Moses and the prophets wrote about. This should be good news for a couple of Jewish fellows, right? But oddly enough, the man is Jesus of Nazareth, that haven for the Roman army, persecutors of the Jews. And so Nathaniel cries out, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?"

Those words stuck with me until my impish mind tweaked the question, turning it around to become, Can anything at all come out of Delaware?"

With those words the author had me hooked and I could not put the book down. I'll gladly read another novel by Ann Tatlock. I recommend this book for your reading pleasure.
debs4jc on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A powerful story that explores the effect secrets can have on us. Elizabeth Gunnar accepts a teaching position at the preparatory school she attended as a girl and she ends up returning to memories, mysteries, and an old love. The mystery if what really happened to her favorite teacher--right before the end of her senior year he tried to commit suicide and they never saw him again. The official story was that he had a heart attack--but Elizabeth and her friends were the ones who found him, and they know better. Now that Elizabeth is back at the school and with her old friends she keeps wondering what really happened to him. She also befriends one of her students--a precocious girl with a terrible home life. As a mentor to this young girl she hopes not to fail her in the same way she feels her teacher failed her. Fans of fiction that makes you think, especially with a Christian influence, will enjoy this one.
CoraJoanBurgett on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"When Elizabeth Gunnar accepts a job as an English teacher at the school she attended as a girl, she finds herself returning to more than a place. Seaton Preparatory holds so many memories -- of a beloved teacher who left under mysterious circumstances, of a young woman searching for her place i the world, and a former love. Once there she meets Satchel Queen, a troubled student whose writing assignments draw her attention and her heart. And Ray Schmidt, a childhood friend, her heart has never forgotten. As new friendships form and te past is brought to light, Elizabeth finds renewal from a most unexpected source." I highly recommend this book.
Angelian More than 1 year ago
Part of me wants to call this a nice comfortable read- which it is.  However if you're a Curious George like me, you know there is a little more to the story.  This book kept me reading to find the secrets that everyone was holding back.  Not just things that happened, but also things that were felt were held inside, rather than bringing them before the other person and having a resolution. The other thing that intrigued me was that the main character had a teacher/mentor and was becoming that same thing to one of the students in her class.   I loved the part where her former teacher/mentor quotes her high school essay that he did not agree with to the student she is now mentoring.  Sometimes things come full circle and this book demonstrates that.  What you send out will come back to you, and what is done in the darkness will eventually come to light.  This book is not preachy at all but did put out some vibes for life lessons that will touch us all.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After moving around Elizabeth Gunnar ¿ Beth comes home to teach English at Seaton Preparatory School in Hockessin, Delaware her old school where she graduated in 1977. Her parents have long retired to Asheville, North Carolina but actually Beth feels she¿s come home. Of course it brings back the old memories of times spent with her group the Barbarians and her favorite teacher, Mr. Dutton who taught English. But it brings up bad memories too such as just why did Mr. Dutton commit suicide in her senior year? She reconnects with her best friend Natalie who she¿s only stayed in touch with via email all these years. At Homecoming she reconnects with Ken and Ray the other two members of the Barbarians. She begins to date Ray again, her steady boyfriend in high school who is divorced with three kids. She takes one of her students Satchel Queen, a lover of books and loner like herself under her wing and helps her to blossom especially in writing just like Mr. Dutton did with her. Beth has Ray tell her again the story of what he and Ken saw that April 1st night in 1977 when he and Ken found Mr. Dutton in his cabin after cutting his wrist. They knew he was dead but why had the school staged such a cover up as they told the students that Mr. Dutton had a heart attack and was still alive. Natalie accuses Beth of being obsessed and needs to let his death go and forget about it as the other three have done. But Beth can¿t let it go. In this awesome tale writer Ann Tatlock captures your heart and even your mind from the very first page. An unmistakable page turner you¿ll wonder why too just why did Mr. Dutton commit suicide and why is Satchel so unhappy? You¿ll find yourself drawn into and relating to Beth especially if you feel invisible, a loner just as she does. See how God brings closure, happiness, and forgiveness in this timeless mystery suspense love story. Also included are reader discussions questions, which helps make this book perfect for book groups. A perfect read for teens and adults alike. Ann Tatlock is a remarkable writer! Don¿t just take this reviewer¿s word on it even ¿Publisher¿s Weekly ¿, named her as ¿one of Christian fiction¿s better wordsmiths¿. So if you want to curl up with a good book I highly recommend ¿Every Secret Thing¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Tatlock has a distinctive almost lyrical style to her writing. Reading her work is like listening to a symphony. As you are introduced to her characters, you catch a nuance of stringed instruments, and as the plot unfolds, you feel an underlying mystery in the base notes, enhanced by the woodwinds of Tatlock¿s descriptions. In a sonata of past and present, Every Secret Thing will leave its melody in your heart long after you turn the final page. This is the first of Ann Tatlock¿s books that I¿ve read, but I can assure you it won¿t be the last. This reviewer gives Every Secret Thing a high recommendation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The dialogue is forced. The descriptions are boring. The characters are not real. This book was a total disappointment. The only reason I kept reading was because I was sure it had to get better. I was wrong.