Sunday, November 27, 2011

"House of Secrets" by Traci Peterson

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 a variety of 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.

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