Secrets & Wishes

Secrets & Wishes

by Kathleen Rouser


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ISBN-13: 9781946016256
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Rouser is the author of Rumors and Promises, her first novel about the people of fictional Stone Creek, Michigan, and the novella, The Pocket Watch. She is a longtime member in good standing of American Christian Fiction Writers. Kathleen has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. She longs to create characters that resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. She lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of 35 years, and the sassy tail-less cat who found a home in their empty nest. Connect with Kathleen on her website at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @KathleenRouser.

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Secrets & Wishes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sandralb 12 months ago
Kathleen Rouser writes an endearing Christian historical fiction romance from the early 1900's. This was the first book that I have read by this author. I did not realize that it was a squeal. When I read the last page of Secrets and Wishes, I had to go on Amazon and purchase Rumors and Promises. I can not wait to start it. Even though I will be reading them out of sequence, I am sure I will enjoy both. Secrets and Wishes worked fine as a stand alone book. Her characters are so well crafted, you will find yourself caring for each of them. She has an ability to make a sitting or location come to life. I found the information and details of the apothecary from that era interesting, especially some of the herbs used. The names are familiar to me through essential oils and the uses have not changed. This time period was very hard, with epidemics of measles, scarlet fever and whooping cough. Towns were lucky to have their own doctor. When the doctor was out to deliver a baby or to a farm area, the pharmacist would be called on for advise, dispensing medicine, or sometimes stitching a wound. You can tell Ms. Rouser enjoys history and has done an excellent job in her research. I loved the heroine Maggie Galloway. Being a widow, raising her son by herself, she had to be a strong woman and she was. At first, I had a hard time with Thomas Harper, he seemed weak and a complainer at first. Thomas too had lost his spouse, but he was raising four children and trying to run the apothecary by himself. Even though Thomas and Maggie did not see eye to eye on many things, they found they had a lot in common after all. I always love when an author is able to weave a faith based message in their story. I found Ms. Rousers story to be a delightful read and I would recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the author through Interviews and The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Secrets and Wishes by Kathleen Rouser is a delightful sequel to her first novel, Rumors and Promises. Ms. Rouser does an excellent job of allowing the reader to be drawn into Stone Creek, Michigan and see what life must have been like at the turn of the century. Her well-developed characters shine through on each page. I look forward to more books from this author in the future. This book was provided for free and a favorable review was not required - 2018.
Catherine-Brakefield More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Rouser has once again written a superb, thought-provoking story which has a strong spiritual theme woven throughout. In Secrets and Wishes, she follows the developing romance of Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper, an apothecary in 1901 Stone Creek, Michigan, while at the same time keeping you guessing as to the outcome. Historically accurate, the story carries the reader back to a time when the roles of the apothecary included stitching up wounds and handing out minor prescriptions without a doctor's signature. I found the herbs and remedies used at the turn of the 19th into the 20th century intriguing. I was privileged to read an advanced copy of Secrets and Wishes.