House of Secrets

House of Secrets

by Tracie Peterson


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Peterson Presents a Compelling Contemporary Tale

When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters, Geena and Piper, quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past.

Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago...of an ill mother, and of their father making a desperate choice. They vowed, as children, to be silent--but one sister believes the truth must now be revealed. Yet can they trust their memories?

Mark Delahunt arrives in the wake of this emotional turmoil. Determined to win Bailee's affection, Mark becomes the strong fortress for her in this time of confusion, and what was once a tentative promise begins to take root and grow. Caught between the past and an uncertain future, can Bailee let God guide her to heal the past and ultimately to embrace love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764206184
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 80 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.

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House of Secrets 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"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.
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musiclady818 More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring!!! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
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.**
DSaff More than 1 year ago
How much of your memory can you trust? When is it right to keep silent? Bailee, Geena, and Piper Cooper are going to face those questions as they vacation with their father is WA. Bailee is the oldest and for years has cared for her sisters. Schizophrenia had claimed their mother, something that had affected not only their home life, but also any religious life they might have had. Confronting the memories and the feelings that accompany them will cause emotions to bubble up for all of them. Will they be able to handle the memories and support each other? Meanwhile, Mark Delahunt is interested in Bailee and in helping her through this rough time. Will Bailee let him in? Will any of them allow God to help them? Family secrets and their consequences are explored in this new book by Traci Peterson. I was totally drawn into this story and its characters. There are many powerful topics for reading groups to discuss. Some are: schizophrenia and its effects on family and friends, secrets, forgiveness, and trust. Individual readers will also enjoy the story and the lessons it provides. I received my review copy from Bethany House, and thank them for it.
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book as the three Cooper sisters, Bailee, Greena and Piper were called by their father to meet at their vacation home in Washington state. They did not have any idea why he wanted to meet like this as he never had time for them when they were younger. Bailee was the eldest of the three girls and she had been put in charge of the other two all their lives as their mother had died and the father was not at home, so he had left them with a nanny, and Bailee really felt as through she was the parent of the other two girls. Their mother had really been strange all through their lives as she would get the girls and hide them so that something bad would not get them. She had been schizophrenic but none of the girls was supposed to know this, but Bailee had over heard some women one day and she knew but had kept a secret. Everything in this family was a secret. There was no belief in God with the father and the girls, but the mother had taken them to Church sometimes, but the good Christian folks had not let her return to church as they though she was really crazy and they just could not take the time to deal with her. Bailee was working as an freelance editor for writers and worked for Mark Delahunt and his father's firm. Mark was really interested in Bailee but she was so afraid to have a relationdship because of her feeling as though she had to take care of her sisters even though they were both grown, one was a lawyer and the younges wanted to be a fashion designer. What they found out when they all got together at the vacation home was really amazing. Things Bailee had know or though she knew and something that as young girls they were really mistaken. I am a Christian also and I know how I think and I know that God does not like me to be that way, so I have to just ask him for forgiveness, There are so many people that really knows nothing about Schizophrenia I though you may like this link so that you could read about it for yourself. I want to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this book free to review. It really was a great read and I learned a lot about the life of someone that has schizophrenia.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson is known for her historical fiction, but I was curious to see what a contemporary fiction from her would be like. Well, let's just say that when it comes to women's fiction she doesn't hold back. We jump right into a family dealing with long held secrets that are about to come out. Bailee, Geena and Piper are heading back to the summer home they haven't been to in 15 years, since their mother died. They saw the events leading up to her death and have kept quiet all these years that they know their dad is the one who killed her. They have decided that it is time to find out why. They don't realize that it is just the beginning of all the secrets their family has been hiding. Abandonment issues, mental disorders, paranoia and so much more are uncovered and Bailee starts to understand why she won't commit to a relationship and why she feels so protective of her younger sisters. This is a pretty heavy book coming from Tracie Peterson but she is really good at women's fiction - not afraid to pull any punches or deal with the hard issues. It will be interesting to see where she goes from here.
southernsassygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm having the hardest time putting into words how great this book was. To be totally honest, I wasn't sure what to expect after looking at the front cover and being less than impressed. However, Tracie Peterson has always written excellent contemporary novels, and I should've never doubted that this novel would be equally as good.This was the second time this year that I've read a Christian book that dealt with mental illness. The family in House of Secrets has lived their lives based on years and years of secrets that were all rooted in the mother's illness of paranoid schizophrenia. And truly, no one felt the weight of those secrets more than Bailee, the main character. To be told as a child that you're responsible for your two sisters, and then on the flip side, to be told that it's your fault if anything happens to them was heartbreaking to read. As a result, Bailee's childhood was so far from normal, it wasn't even funny.The emotions were all over the place, too. Fear, hurt, regret, and anger were all portrayed so realistically that I felt like I was part of the story. Mind you, I've got enough drama in my own life that I don't need to borrow these folks', but I couldn't help but wonder how I would react if faced with a situation like this. Would I be like the church members whose reacted with disdain and judgment, or would I be more like Mark--unafraid to step in to be a rock for Bailee in her time of need?Trying to describe this book has been so hard to do. That's why I said in the beginning that I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts into words. Sometimes, books come along that are so broad and meaningful, there's really nothing left to say except it was a great book. I can't wrap up years of lies, secrets, and omissions in a nice box with a pretty little bow through a review. It's impossible. So, I'll close by saying if you're a fan of Tracie Peterson's contemporary novels, get your hands on this book. It will challenge your thinking through some difficult subjects that will make you wonder how you might respond if faced with the same situations. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to read it.
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This was a great read. Unexpected twist throughout.
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