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House of Secrets [Format Kindle]

Tracie Peterson

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They vowed, as children, to be silent...


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 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. One sister believes their silence must end and the truth be revealed. But they soon come to wonder if they can trust their memories.

Mark Delahunt arrives in the wake of this emotional turmoil. Determined to win Bailee's affection, Mark becomes a 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 healing...or will she risk losing the chance to embrace love?

Biographie de l'auteur

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 323 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0764206184
  • Editeur : Bethany House Publishers (1 octobre 2011)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a Fan of the Cover, but What's Inside Makes Up for It 7 octobre 2011
Par Christy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tracie Peterson needs to write more contemporaries! 6 octobre 2011
Par Deborah - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Tracie Peterson's contemporary books are few and far between but I feel like they blow her historical romances out the park. I wish that she wrote more of them but the few that she has published have been gems in the rocks. I had been slightly disappointed with the last few historicals she's put out so I was a bit hesitant in picking up this one but I was very glad that I did when I finished.

This book handles a subject very rarely talked about in Christian fiction, schizophrenia and mental illness. I could probably count on my hands the number of times it's been mentioned in Christian fiction. I'm not sure why authors tend to stay away from the subject unless they feel like the reader does not want to read about it. I know that there are some Christians who do not believe in mental illness, depression or seeing psychiatrists and that it is an issue that just depends on praying harder. Peterson does not portray that mentality in any way in this book.

The book portrays a family's situation with dealing with the aftereffects of a family member suffering from that condition. It's something that has stuck with the three girls their entire lives as they and their father kept secrets from each other in order to protect themselves. It's hard to read what the girls' mother did to them and to herself and entirely the whole family. They can never understand exactly what was going on in her head and even though they eventually come to healing, it's always going to be a question they will wonder about. The portrayal of the Christians in the past who didn't help out the family is sad but unfortunately true as well.

I did have some minor qualms in the story. Bailee becomes a Christian rather quickly though in her defense, this is something that she has probably been thinking about for many years. I also honestly could have done without the romance part of the book. I would have been more impressed if Mark had just stayed a close friend and maybe hint a romance in the future. The ending seemed a bit rushed to me especially considering how much had happened and needed to be thought over by the characters.

Overall though, I was quite pleased with the story. This book is a complete 180 from Peterson's historical romances. It's written in first person and the story seems to be more serious in tone with lots more character development than her other books. I do hope she continues to write more contemporaries in the future especially with these hard hitting subjects. I know that I will definitely be picking it up.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 They vowed, as children, To Be Silent... 5 octobre 2011
Par Pirate2240 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"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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2.0 étoiles sur 5 House of Secrets 25 décembre 2011
Par Amanda Talbert - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I wanted to review "House of Secrets" by Tracie Peterson because I happen to be a big fan of Tracie Peterson. I've read a dozen or so of her books and she is just a really great writer. So I have to say I was extremely disappointed in this book. I felt like the characters were way over-emotional and they drew out situations way too long. For example, the characters in the very beginning of the book wanted to confront their father about a situation, but they fought and hemmed and hawed about it for too many chapters in my opinion. When they finally did confront him they wouldn't even listen to him.

A major part of this book was about the disease schizophrenia. Many parts of the book read like a scientific encyclopedia on schizophrenia, and it made me wonder if this was simply a topic the author wanted to research, and then tried to tie together a fiction story around it.

It is an easy read, but the characters are not very likable and about halfway through the book I considered simply putting it aside and pretending I had finished it. I made my way to the end but I'm just glad I didn't spend a lot of time on this book.

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing Group for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 New direction for Tracie Peterson 15 octobre 2011
Par Janna R. Ryan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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.
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