Temple Secrets

Temple Secrets

by Susan Gabriel

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BN ID: 2940151575218
Publisher: Wild Lily Arts
Publication date: 03/02/2015
Series: Temple Secrets , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 83,875
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Susan Gabriel is an acclaimed writer who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. Her novel, The Secret Sense of Wildflower, is a #1 Nook bestseller and was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012.

She is also the author of Grace, Grits and Ghosts and other novels. Discover more about Susan at SusanGabriel.com.

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Temple Secrets 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MountainBlues More than 1 year ago
It’s hard for me to find a meaty novel that gives me a great story, is well written, keeps me turning the pages and makes me - at various points - laugh out loud and cry. However, Temple Secrets delivered all of that and more.   The story is narrated by four women: Queenie, Violet, Rose and occasionally Old Sally. These women, black and white, have a lot of shared family history and to varying extent, genes. Queenie is hilarious and Violet, her niece has third-eye abilities she shares with Old Sally, her grandmother and the wise holder of the Gullah traditions. Rose is the estranged daughter of Iris Temple, the matriarch of this entrenched, elite Savannah family. Iris is a handful, both alive and dead.  To avoid spoilers, I don’t want to try to summarize the plot but will just say that this is a wonderfully satisfying story that I truly didn’t want to end. I look forward to Gabriel’s next book!
CarolynTenn More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Temple Secrets today and I truly hated for it to end! Susan Gabriel writes with such warmth and humor, and this book is certainly no exception. I loved getting to know the characters and the story was full of humor and suspense. I highly recommend Temple Secrets!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely recommend for a light, summer read. Well written characters and storyline; at times, felt like I was in hot, humid, historic Savannah. Will definitely try another Susan Gabriel book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story very much. I loved the characters and the blended family theme. I loved the relationship between Rose and Old Sally. Love can truly win if we open our hearts to it, no matter where it comes from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing characters, great history, humor, magic. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and historic savannah, what a delightful scary comedy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was like eating chips...couldnt stop reading. The characters felt like old friends. Lookinng forward to a sequel.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Iris Temple is the Grand Dame of Savannah, Georgia and treats everyone accordingly. Her power lies in family secrets, her own as well as those of her son Edward, her daughter Rose, her half-sister Queenie, her maid Violet and the local butcher Spud. Readers get to know her through the narration of Queenie, including Iris’s eccentric gastronomical preferences for exotic meats like rattlesnake sautéed in garlic and onions. Queenie describes her “secret” food preference of Kentucky Fried Chicken with belly-laughing commentary. Anyone who manages to offend Iris usually suffers negative results as Iris writes superiors no matter how high up they are from the local editor of the newspaper all the way to the President and the Pope. Queenie manages to laugh at it all. For Queenie, her mother Sally and Violet all practice the voodoo art of Gullah, creating mostly protective spells for those they love, although some suspect an occasional curse has also been set elsewhere. They are African-Americans who know how to love and enjoy life, sharing humor, laughter, and son in the middle of the direst times. Now we come to the initial moment of great conflict, the dying process of Iris who has a stroke after the first “secret” from the Book of Secrets is revealed in the local newspaper. As these are supposed to be locked up in a bank vault, everyone who knew Iris Temple is petrified about whether his or her secret will next be revealed. Soon protestors are leaving obnoxious posters and other items outside the Temple residence, a useless gesture as the daily shocking announcements continue. Iris is dying and the ghosts of the house are busy, busy, busy! Ivy will not go easy and the scene describing her eventual passing is absolutely amazing! So too is the reading of the will and the choices of the beneficiaries are wild, to say the least! Sally and Queenie save these characters from becoming scarred, bitter people. The scenes of their conversations and the ensuing healing are so real and heart-warming, never to be forgotten by any and all readers. Descriptions of luscious Southern meals are scattered throughout the novel as well! There is so much more within these pages that this reader didn’t want the novel to end but to continue forever. Temple Secrets has been compared to other popular novels, but this particular novel is so uniquely wonderful and is highly recommended! Magnificent novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago